The 2022 NFL Draft has been an absolute roller coaster thus far. One of the blockbuster trades was the Baltimore Ravens WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown trade. The Arizona Cardinals traded their first-round pick in exchange for Brown and the 100th pick in the draft, reported Josh Weinfuss for ESPN. Many believe this trade was made to please the Cardinals’ star QB Kyler Murray. Upon the trade, Murray texted the Cardinals GM Steve Keim fireball emojis, according to sources.
No secret, that the Cardinals and Murray have been at odds all offseason. Murray wants his contract to be extended rather sooner than later. However, many believe this was the Cardinals’ playing damage control. They’re attempting to please Murray so this can defuse the hostility between both parties.
It made sense in so many ways for me and to lose a guy of the caliber of Christian Kirk obviously hurt,” Keim said. “But, to be able to add a guy like this is, particularly again in today’s market with the numbers where they’re going and to have that two years of controlled costs and to have the vertical threat that he provides, is really big.”
Let’s run it back! Hollywood to the desert… Y’all welcome my boy! @Primetime_jet 🔥🥋🚀
— Kyler Murray (@K1) April 29, 2022
The Baltimore Ravens Plan to Capitalize With Their Draft Capital
The Ravens acquired the 23rd overall pick, yet, moved further down in the draft in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. They sent the 25th pick to the Ravens and then they drafted Kaiir Elam out of Florida University at No.23. The Ravens also traded with the Bills the No. 130 pick in exchange for the 25th pick. They drafted overall the top center in the draft, Tyler Linderbaum, from Iowa. The direction the Ravens are attempting to go in seems to be building their OL and adding depth to their aging defense.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, are head over heels for their decision to acquire Brown. They believe it will open up the passing game in ways that will help their other talented skill positions benefit as well.