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Baltimore makes their second trade of the offseason

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Baltimore makes their second trade of the offseason

 

The Baltimore Ravens traded defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan earlier this week. They sent him and a third-round compensatory pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for their third-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. With Bennie Logan now in Kansas City, the Eagles needed a nose tackle.

Jernigan a far better player right now than anyone Philadelphia could have gotten in the third round of the draft and is a better schematic fit for the Eagles than Logan was. He is more of a slower, power tackle than a true penetrator who wins right off the snap. The Eagles front seven is predicated on speed up front and Jernigan fits this style of play far better than Logan. 

Baltimore just gave Brandon Williams huge money to be a massive force in the middle of their defense. Michael Pierce was a breakout player in 2016 and might have even more of an impact this upcoming season, which is impressive for an undrafted rookie. Pierce gathered 35 tackles and two sacks, Jernigan was in the last year of his contract and was not in Baltimore’s long-term plans. The Ravens now have two incredibly huge, space-eating defensive tackles who should ensure that Baltimore remains one of the league’s toughest teams against the run.

The Ravens have now made two trades this offseason to improve their draft position, they first shipped center Jeremy Zuttah to the San Francisco 49ers to move up 12 spots in the sixth round. In this move Baltimore will move from pick No. 99 in the third round to pick No. 74, jumping up 25 spots.

Jernigan, 24, started 15 games for the Ravens last season and had the second-most sacks on the defense with five. He notched 13 sacks over his three seasons in Baltimore after being drafted in the 2nd-round of the 2014 draft.

 

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