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Ravens trade Orlando Brown to Chiefs for 1st round pick

Two AFC powerhouses strike a deal leading up to the NFL Draft.

NFL: SEP 22 Ravens at Chiefs Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Fourth-year offensive tackle Orlando Brown got his wish Friday as the Baltimore Ravens traded him to the Kansas City Chiefs. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the news.

The Chiefs also received the Ravens’ 2021 second-round pick (58th overall) and their 2022 sixth-round pick. The Ravens got the Chiefs’ 2021 first-round pick (31st overall), third-round pick (94th overall), fourth-round pick (136th overall), and their 2022 fifth-round pick for trading Brown.

When you add the values of each pick up, what this amounts to is Brown for a first-round pick, which is about what was expected in a deal for the 24 year-old tackle.

Early in the offseason, Brown made it known that he wanted to play left tackle. The Ravens weren’t going to move their $100 million left tackle Ronnie Stanley for Brown, so a trade was an inevitability.

Brown finished the 2020 season at left tackle due to injuries on Baltimore’s offensive line. He played left tackle in college for Oklahoma, and was drafted by the Ravens in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft as a right tackle.

This trade now gives the Ravens two first-round picks in next week’s draft. They’re expected to sign free agent tackle Alejandro Villanueva to replace Brown at right tackle, but they’re very much in play to draft a tackle at the end of the first round. The Chiefs were expected to take a tackle with their pick before trading for Brown.

What does this mean for the Cincinnati Bengals? They can still expect the same number of offensive linemen to be drafted ahead of them before their 38th pick in the second round, but now the Ravens are moving on without their impressive young tackle.