Baltimore Ravens Trade Orlando Brown to Kansas City Chiefs for Draft Picks
On Friday, April 23rd, 2021 a blockbuster trade went down in the National Football League prior to the quickly approaching 2021 NFL Draft which will commence on Thursday, April 29th, 2021. The Baltimore Ravens have traded their former NFL Pro Bowl offensive tackle, Orlando Brown Jr., the Baltimore Ravens’ second – round pick (# 58 overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft, and the Baltimore Ravens fifth – round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for multiple future draft picks. The Baltimore Ravens have obtained a first – round pick (# 31 overall), a third – round pick (# 94 overall), and a fourth – round pick (# 136 overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft as well as a fifth – round pick in next year’s 2022 NFL Draft from the Kansas City Chiefs.
This was a much – needed trade for the Kansas City Chiefs who recently lost several offensive linemen including their longtime offensive tackle Eric Fisher. Protecting their biggest asset in their young superstar quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, was one of the Kansas City Chiefs’ most pressing priorities during the 2021 NFL offseason. The Chiefs attempted to sign the veteran left tackle Trent Williams, but he ended up negotiating a new contract with the San Francisco 49ers which is the team that he has played for during the 2020 – 2021 NFL season.
The New Offensive Line of the Chiefs
Along with Orlando Brown Jr. the Kansas City Chiefs have welcomed in other various offensive linemen to establish an entirely new o – line prior to the start of the 2021 – 2022 season of the National Football League. The Kansas City Chiefs have recently signed Joe Thuney, Kyle Long, and Austin Blythe from the NFL’s free agency market. The Chiefs also anticipate bringing back Laurent Duvernay – Tardif as well as Lucas Niang who both opted out of the 2020 – 2021 NFL season due to COVID – 19 related issues.
Brown Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but he attended Peachtree Ridge High School located in Suwanee, Georgia. As Orlando was a three – star recruit he received scholarship offers from powerhouse college football universities including Tennessee, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, and others. Brown Jr. originally committed to the University of Tennessee, but eventually decided to enroll at the University of Oklahoma in order to play college football for the Sooners. Following an excellent college football career with the Oklahoma Sooners, the now 6 – foot 8 – inch and 355 – pound offensive tackle forewent his last year of NCAA eligibility in order to declare himself available for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Professional Football Career
The Baltimore Ravens selected Brown Jr. with the 83rd overall pick in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Orlando played with the Baltimore Ravens for his entire career in the National Football League from 2018 to 2020, and now he enters his fourth NFL season with the highly ranked Kansas City Chiefs who appeared in the last two Super Bowls (LIV, LV) under their veteran head coach in Andy Reid.
Brown Jr. has played in 48 total NFL games and he has started 42 total NFL games throughout his young professional football career. Orlando has been selected to 2 NFL Pro Bowls out of the three seasons that he has been in the league making him one of the better young and aggressive offensive tackles in the National Football League at the moment. It will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure of protecting the Kansas City Chiefs’ primetime superstar quarterback and former Super Bowl LIV MVP in Patrick Mahomes.
Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards
- 2 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2019, 2020)
- Unanimous All – American (2017)
- 2 Time Big – 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year (2016, 2017)
- 2 Time First – Team All – Big 12 (2016, 2017)
- USA Today High School All – American (2013)
Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI
According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds to win Super Bowl LVI as of Friday, April 23rd, 2021. Currently the Kansas City Chiefs have the overall highest odds out of the 32 franchises in the National Football League to win the upcoming Super Bowl LVI, and the Baltimore Ravens have the 7th overall highest odds to win Super Bowl LVI.
|Kansas City Chiefs +450|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers +700|
|Green Bay Packers +1000|
|Buffalo Bills +1100|
|Los Angeles Rams +1200|
|San Francisco 49ers +1200|
|Baltimore Ravens +1600|
|Indianapolis Colts +2000|
|Cleveland Browns +2000|
|New Orleans Saints +2500|
|Seattle Seahawks +2500|
|Miami Dolphins +2500|
|New England Patriots +2800|
|Los Angeles Chargers +2800|
|Dallas Cowboys +2800|
|Pittsburgh Steelers +3300|
|Tennessee Titans +3300|
|Arizona Cardinals +3300|
|Chicago Bears +4000|
|Minnesota Vikings +5000|
|Carolina Panthers +5000|
|Atlanta Falcons +6600|
|New York Giants +6600|
|Denver Broncos +6600|
|Las Vegas Raiders +6600|
|Washington Football Team +6600|
|Philadelphia Eagles +8000|
|Jacksonville Jaguars +10000|
|Cincinnati Bengals +10000|
|New York Jets +10000|
|Houston Texans +15000|
|Detroit Lions +15000|
“Sources: Chiefs shipping first-round pick, 3 others to Ravens for package highlighted by Orlando Brown Jr.”, Jamison Hensley, espn.com, April 23, 2021.
“Orlando Brown Jr.”, pro-football-reference.com, April 23, 2021.
“United States, NFL Futures, NFL 2021 / 22 Super Bowl LVI: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, April 23, 2021.
Written by: David Green