Could DeAngelo Hall help the Ravens draft ?

March 16, 2008 |

Could the moves that the Falcons look like they are about to make in sending cornerback DeAngelo Hall to the Oakland Raiders for a 2nd round draft pick possibly make the planets align for Matt Ryan to come to Baltimore ?
The Falcons have the number three pick in this year’s draft. They have recently signed Chris Redman and Joey Harrington to contracts and have D.J. Shockley also on the roster. It is also interesting to note that if the trade for Hall goes down, the Falcons would have three picks in the second round (#34 from Oakland for Hall trade, #37 their own, #48 from Houston for Matt Schaub trade). If the Falcons do not see a huge difference between Ryan, Brohm, Flacco, or Henne, maybe they use their first round pick on a defensive guy like a Glenn Dorsey and pick up their quarterback in the second round. Brohm could be sitting there for the Falcons in the second round barring the Dolphins do not draft him a few picks earlier.
If Matt Ryan makes it past the Falcons and I think there is a strong chance that could happen, then Baltimore could be his new home. The only other team that could possibly stand in the way, barring trades would be the Jets. They have Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens at the quarterback position, but everyone seems to believe that Vernon Gholston is going to be the pick for them. Everyone thinks that he is a perfect fit for the Jets especially now that Jonathan Vilma left for the Saints.
If Matt Ryan does happen to fall to the Ravens, on draft day the commissioner should walk to Matt Ryan and hand him a clipboard and a sun visor instead of a jersey. There is not reason on the face of the earth that Matt should touch the field this year barring every quarterback gets hurt.
Of course this is all speculation and could be out the window if Miami takes him 1st overall or the Falcons take him at #3.
– The Ravens will not know what compensatory picks they will get for losing free agents last year till the end of the month, but there is a strong belief that they will get a third round pick based off of the performance of Adalius Thomas. Here is a brief explanation of how compensatory picks are figured out: In addition to the 32 picks in each round, there are a total of up to 32 picks dispersed at the ends of Rounds 3 through 7. These picks, known as “compensatory picks,” are awarded to teams that have lost more qualifying free agents than they gained the previous year in free agency. Teams that gain and lose the same number of players but lose higher-valued players than they gain also can be awarded a pick, but only in the seventh round, after the other compensatory picks. Compensatory picks cannot be traded, and the placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player’s salary, playing time and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor. So, for example, a team that lost a linebacker who signed for $2.5 million per year in free agency might get a sixth-round compensatory pick, while a team that lost a wide receiver who signed for $5 million per year might receive a fourth-round pick.
If fewer than 32 such picks are awarded, the remaining picks are awarded in the order in which teams would pick in a hypothetical eighth round of the draft.