Eric DeCosta stays busy, sending Hayden Hurst to the Falcons with a fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft, for the Falcons’ second and fifth-round picks.
And another trade! pic.twitter.com/asFJlHLfjM
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
RSR Staff react to the trade here…
Rumors have been swirling about this but I have to admit this is a little surprising and worries me a bit. One injury to Nick Boyle or Mark Andrews and that could severely impact the Ravens offense. Technically Hurst was only under contract for two more years if you don’t count the much more expensive 5th year option. That makes this trade a little easier to swallow. Eric DeCosta knows what he’s doing so he has my complete faith. The compensation the Ravens received is decent but I would’ve preferred to hold onto Hurst.
– I understand many people including me thought Hurst was an underutilized and talented player who the Ravens will miss more than they realize, but I think the Falcons got fleeced in this trade.
– Hurst catches everything, but he was the third TE in the room. Give me Charles Clay or someone similar to offset the loss.
– Having seven picks in the first four rounds will be ridiculous. This allows Baltimore to stock up on uber-talented players or trade up for a stud they really want. DeCosta must be licking his chops!
– From Hurst’s side of things, he should be able to excel in a TE heavy passing game that just lost its top dog. Maybe an early fantasy sleeper?
Hayden Hurst wanted more opportunities in Baltimore, but now he’ll get that in Atlanta. DeCosta is wheeling and dealing once again! Hayden is a player with a lot of potential as a receiving threat and all-around tight end, but after becoming the number 3 option, DeCosta decided to recoup some value by collecting a 2nd and 5th round pick for Hurst and a 4th round pick.
Hayden has some really good hands, but got stuck behind Mark Andrews (receiving threat) and Nick Boyle (elite blocker) in the TE trio. Greg Roman will miss Hurst, but the team will add a competent body to fill out the strong position room.
Now we all wait to see what Eric and company will do with the added draft capital.
This deal was all about dealing from a position of strength to hopefully address other areas of need. Hurst was a luxury and moving him for a 2nd round pick allows them to (hopefully) build a more complete roster. The 2nd Rd of the draft appears to be loaded w/WRs, interior DLs & EDGE rushers. Those are all areas of need for the Ravens. They now look to be a good spot to be able to now land more than one there (along with their present 2nd rounder).
Having 5 picks in the 1st 3 rounds and 7 picks in the 1st 4 rounds sounds pretty nice.
Trying this again – With the Hurst trade changing this, it's now 9 picks in the draft – 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 7. The Falcons' 2nd Rd pick is either the 15th of the round (#47 overall) or the 23rd of the round (#55 overall). https://t.co/1hmVAqDCBt
— Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) March 16, 2020
When the trade rumors initially surfaced around Hayden Hurst I blew them off. Not because I didn’t think people were calling but because i didn’t think a team would make it worth their while. Today that changed. Hurst is a talented player whose hands really impressed last year. While I was looking forward to his contributions this season this deal is just too strong to pass up.
I know a lot of @Ravens fans are devastated, but I am genuinely happy for @haydenrhurst going to ATL. He'll get the snaps/targets he deserves & in this crowded room, it just wasn't going to happen in BAL. Best of luck HH!! https://t.co/bzrXADhcjV
— AdamBMore (@AdamBMore) March 16, 2020
Weighing on trading Hayden Hurst
I personally just don’t think they could get hurst involved enough. Boyle and Andrews are crucial to the scheme. It’s hard to create opportunities.
Adding a top 50 pick and giving hurst a fresh start is great to me.
I like it. #RavensFlock
— Cole Jackson (@ColeJacksonRSR) March 16, 2020
Hayden Hurst is a good TE.
He made the @Ravens dangerous in 3 TE packages & his openness about his story off the field has been inspirational.
But, this move is good for Hurst AND the #Ravens.
Baltimore gets excellent value & Hurst gets the chance to be a starter in ATL. https://t.co/2Mesh8tiPZ
— Matt Wise (@TheMattWise) March 16, 2020
At this price, you kind of have to do this trade. I wasn’t crazy about the idea at first but this is ideally the level of compensation you get back in return. Ravens will need to find another TE through the draft or even FA who can work in the 3 TE system. https://t.co/v781fn6v2q
— Dev Panchwagh (@devpanchwagh) March 16, 2020
That second 2nd rounder better become Denzel Mims or Brandon Aiyuk.
— Chibs 🇮🇪 (@LateRoundCorner) March 16, 2020
We will have more knee-jerk reactions as they roll in…