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Potential wild scenario that has Bryce Young drafted by the Baltimore Ravens

Oct 15, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) looks to pass the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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Things are getting very interesting for the Baltimore Ravens.

The organization is not willing to give Lamar Jackson a new contract, and though he’s been franchise-tagged, he wants a deal similar to what the Cleveland Browns gave Deshaun Watson. Jackson, a former NFL Most Valuable Player in 2019, has requested a trade from the Ravens. He shared this news on Twitter in a letter thread to his fans. As he goes to the free agent market to show Baltimore that other teams will pay him his worth, the Ravens could need a quarterback in the NFL Draft.

Baltimore has the No. 22 overall pick, but it could make a deal with the Carolina Panthers for the No. 1 pick.

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Carolina is trying to build a solid team under new head coach Frank Reich, but it needs a quarterback.

Jackson has experience in the league as a former first-round pick and would make the Panthers the best team in the NFC South. Carolina could get a veteran signal-caller and Baltimore could restart its franchise at quarterback should both teams agree to a trade. Bryce Young, a University of Alabama alum, would be the prize for the Ravens. Baltimore could build a team with talent around Young as he’s on a rookie contract. Ozzie Newsome, a former general manager of the Ravens, is the Executive Vice President of Player Personnel for the team. As a former Crimson Tide player, Newsome loves getting Alabama players to the Ravens. He would not pass up an opportunity to bring a Heisman-winning quarterback from his Alma mater to his pro team. Young to the Ravens makes a lot of sense, especially with it not wanting to pay a huge ticket price for Jackson.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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