The logic of your statement may fail for this reason. Why in such a deep draft would someone give up picks to us? Wouldn't they use their picks to obtain many players too? And if they did, who is this great player they are willing part with picks to secure ? He could be the next AJ Green, Patrick Peterson , T -Sizzle and what would you have? The next Matt Judon, Correa, Alex Lewis, Dixon? The difference in a lot of the Ravens games are we had average to good players and other have good to great players.
Why would teams trade up in a specific draft (even a deep draft) bc they have a very specific need. We have needs! There are teams out there who are looking only for a QB or a WR or maybe trying to get into position to get a Leonard Fournette, etc. There are several players in this years draft that teams my feel they are worth trading up for. Myles Garret, any of the QBs if you are a team that needs a QB, Fournette, or Dalvin Cook, Mike Williams, Corey Davis or John Ross. OJ Howard. Lattimore, Jumal Adams, Solomon Thomas, Malik Hooker, or Reuben Foster. I could see teams with specific needs trading up for any of these guys. Heck if we didn't have so many needs I wouldn't be surprised if we tried to trade up to get one of them. So - with that much high end talent in this draft... if a team has identified a specific player who they believe can be the next superstar in this league (and there are several that could be) why not try to trade up (or in our case trade back / allowing them to trade up)? I think there are definitely quality picks in this draft who really can be the next AJ Green, Pat Peterson, TSizzle, etc. Don't under estimate what Judon / KC and Alex Lewis can be just yet... they when you find starters in the draft... you did your job.. every so often you hit a home run and get a super star but trading back does not mean that we are passing on a super star... In fact in this years draft... the more picks you have the more starters you will find and the better chance you have of one of them being a super star. Finally the difference in a lot of games was that we were the most penalized team who couldn't get off the field on 3rd down and couldn't move the chains on third down. Hard to have better then a mediocre team like that. In the day and age of the salary cap.. the key is NOT to have some super high end players. Ask the Bengals and Giants and other teams who can get to the play offs but cant win! The goal is to have as many quality players at every position. TO have no holes.... That is the team that wins in todays NFL. The Patriots don't have a bunch of superstars like the sqeelers but they win. The year we won our last SB... we didn't have all the high end super stars but we were solid everywhere. Get as many solid picks in this years draft as possible. That keeps us under the cap and sets us up for 4-5 years.