The 2020 NFL Draft may still be six weeks away, but the Baltimore Ravens have already won the fifth round.
The Ravens agreed to a trade Sunday that will send their fifth-round pick to the Jaguars for defensive lineman, Calais Campbell.
Yes, you read that right.
Baltimore is acquiring one of the league’s most consistent and disruptive defenders in Campbell, who totaled 31.5 sacks over three seasons in Jacksonville and has 88 over his 12 years in the league.
Campbell turns 34 in September, so it’s true that he’s on the downside of his career. But he still managed 6.5 sacks in 2019 and will join a Ravens defense that’s annually one of the NFL’s best. He’ll help them stay there.
“I think that the Ravens had a special season last year,” Campbell told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “I feel like I can add some value in a couple places. I feel like this is a team where everyone has bought in. The goal next season is to get a championship. I’m still chasing a ring.”
As part of the trade, the Ravens will give Campbell a new two-year, $25 million contract. He’s worth every penny.
The best part of this deal for Baltimore is the fact they used the fifth-round pick they received from the Vikings last summer for kicker Kaare Vedvik. Essentially, the Ravens swapped Vedvik — whose struggling to keep a job in the NFL right now — for Campbell. Wow.
So, yeah, the Ravens won the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft and at this point would have to royally screw up to not be considered one of draft weekend’s big winners.