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Bryce Young

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.

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