The Ravens made their first trade of the 2020 Draft before their third pick.
Baltimore dealt their 60th-overall pick (second round) and their 129th-overall pick (fourth round) to the New England Patriots. In exchange, the Ravens received two third-round picks (71st and 98th overall) from the Patriots.
The trade left Baltimore with four picks in the third round – 71, 92, 98, and 106. The Ravens essentially moved back 11 spots to move up 31 picks from the fourth to the third.
Entering Friday with eight picks remaining gave the Ravens flexibility to move up and down the draft board, and General Manager Eric DeCosta said Baltimore would be more likely to trade back than trade up.
"You just kind of evaluate where you are," DeCosta said. "There's always a risk when you trade back. We hadn't made any trades yet. This is an opportunity that we felt we could move up in the third, which is something that looked good for us. It made sense for us. It gave us more flexibility to add additional players that we liked. I'm happy with the decision."
After selecting Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins at No. 55, the Ravens decided to trade down in the third round to acquire more third-round picks.
The Ravens have a history off doing very well in the third round, including the 2018 draft when they selected two Pro Bowlers – tight end Mark Andrews and right tackle Orlando Brown Jr.
With four third-round picks, the Ravens used them to draft defensive tackle Justin Madubuike, wide receiver Devin Duvernay, inside linebacker Malik Harrison and offensive lineman Tyre Phillips.