Ravens took Rashod Bateman at 27 thinking Packers would take him at 29

USA Today

The Ravens owned the 27th and 31st picks in the 2021 NFL draft, and part of their decision-making in taking wide receiver Rashod Bateman 27th and waiting until No. 31 to take defensive end Odafe Oweh was the Ravens’ belief that the Packers, sitting at No. 29, would have taken Bateman.

Ravens director of player personnel Joe Hortiz, a good friend of Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst, said he thinks Bateman was the guy the Packers wanted. Hortiz said he came to that conclusion in part from spending time with Gutekunst at Bateman’s pro day workout.

“Certainly, we knew [the Packers] liked him and a lot of teams like Rashod,” Hortiz said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “We don’t know for certain, but you do try to pay attention to, ‘OK, the GMs were at this pro day’ — especially this year because the GMs weren’t able to get out and see players. Brian is going to look at players that he was interested in.”

Hortiz said he and the other Ravens staffers who attend pro day workouts will report back to Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta about which teams seemed particularly interested in which players.

“We try to give Eric all the information that we can get at a pro day [and] at a school visit,” Hortiz said.

Teams try their best to keep their draft evaluations close to the vest, and so we may never find out for sure whether the Packers really did want Bateman. (Green Bay ended up selecting cornerback Eric Stokes 29th.) But the Ravens got a player at 27 they don’t think would have been there if they had waited until Pick No. 31.

47 responses to “Ravens took Rashod Bateman at 27 thinking Packers would take him at 29

  1. Traded up in the first round for a QB they didn’t need who never stepped on the field. Didn’t trade up to get a receiver when they badly needed one and knew their QB wanted more win-now support.

    The Packers front office, ladies and gentlemen!

  2. This would be meaningless if it were deeper in the draft but if your talking about the 1st round you gotta get the player. Nice move by the Blackbirds.

  3. If Cincy had gone Sewell at 5, my dream scenario was getting Bateman in the second. After his pro day, I knew that was unlikely. Hate seeing him go to Baltimore, I think he’s going to be a good one.

  4. If he was a backup QB or a fullback the packers would have traded up then.

  5. But disrespected HOW!!!!!!!!!!!
    He says its not Jordan Love. He has said this many times. But media tabloid continues to spread fake news.
    Did managment give him a locker room of players and group of great coaches he likes? Yes. So they did their job.
    The only problem Rodgers has is he is exceedingly upset that HE lost his last four chances to go the SB. And with the MVP he is now in position to be the all time diva, scapegoating the blame for h is pain on others.

  6. There was an unusual amount of player theft in the 2021 draft, a thin class. Denver snatching Surtain away from the Cowboys was great. Eagles stole DeVonta from Giants, Denver stole the RB from Dolphins at top of 2. Fun watch.

  7. Just one more reason to dislike Gutey… you would think a GM would know who the teams are picks a couple picks in front of him… and that maybe he would poker face it a little. But no Gutey was probably hyping up the kid and drooling all over himself, big tell to the Raven two picks ahead. Nice job Gutey. Hey Packer board of directors, John Dorsey is out there… How about giving him a call and asking him to come in and fix this damn Gutey mess.

  8. Gutekunst wants Rodgers gone. Rodgers screwed up his plans by winning the MVP last year. Gutekunst is going to try to make things as bad as possible for Rodgers so when he eventually trades him he can say, “Well, I had no choice. He didn’t want to be here.” when the reality is that Rodgers doesn’t want to play for a GM who doesn’t want to win with him because he wants to win with his own guy.

    Dorsey or Eliot Wolf would have been much better hires than Gutekunst. He’s not a bad judge of talent, but any GM who pulls what he did in 2020 with a contending team deserves to be fired.

  9. Bateman is good. He would have excelled with Rodgers. Now he’s going to end up blocking every dang play.

  10. Sounds like it must he great to get in a poker game with Gutekunst

  11. kevpft says: “Didn’t trade up to get a receiver when they badly needed one and knew their QB wanted more win-now support.

    The Packers front office, ladies and gentlemen!”
    ———————-

    Yet someone caught Rodgers passes in 2020 to help him win the MVP award. Seems the front office was RIGHT to believe in the existing receivers to grow into their roles.

  12. Clearly reading other teams is just as important as evaluating the prospects. Some organizations are just better at it, and also have the discipline to trust their analysis, which cannot be an easy thing to do in the heat of the moment when everyone in the front office around you has told you who they want and you are deciding whether a player will drop to your later pick or has to be taken now. Maybe Gutekunst was guarded in his comments, but Ravens were looking at big picture in GB. Seems to me Rodgers wasn’t helping things here.

  13. I remember when the Ravens were gloating last time about trading up
    ahead of the Steelers to snag TE Maxx Williams, bcs they thought
    Pit was going to take him – Steelers made it clear Williams wasn’t going
    to be their pick, and they usually play it straight. or don’t comment at all
    about a player not on their team.

    Sometimes teams fall in love with certain players to the point where
    they become paranoid, obsessive about sticking it to another GM, and
    see ghosts where they don’t exist.
    DeCosta better hope Bateman balls out much better than Maxx did.
    Drafting WRs has never been the Ravens strong suit.

  14. Lamar Jackson is going to have another MPV season on his way to leading the Ravens to a championship this upcoming season.

  15. cheeseisfattening says:
    May 25, 2021 at 5:44 pm
    Sounds like it must he great to get in a poker game with Gutekunst
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    …..even better to get in a game of scrabble with you.

  16. Funny, the Vikes are good at this too, if they know the Packers covet someone they take him just to pee them off. But really the Vikes draft smart guys with size and speed and usually steal the draft, the packers are looking for lesser developmental players they can pay on the cheap.

  17. Taking a WR in the first round is not wise. It’s the most plentiful position on earth, and not an impact on the score.

  18. kevpft says:
    May 25, 2021 at 4:44 pm
    Traded up in the first round for a QB they didn’t need who never stepped on the field. Didn’t trade up to get a receiver when they badly needed one and knew their QB wanted more win-now support.

    The Packers front office, ladies and gentlemen!
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    The Packers have the second most regular season wins and second most postseason appearances in the last ten seasons. They also had the No.1 ranked offense with a top-ten group of receivers in 2020. That’s all pretty damn good. Fans of perennial losers think fans like you are dolts.

  19. I’m just glad that this year Gutekunst didn’t move up in the first round and draft a punter…or a long snapper…or a special teams player…or another bench warmer.

  20. kevpft says:
    May 25, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    Traded up in the first round for a QB they didn’t need who never stepped on the field. Didn’t trade up to get a receiver when they badly needed one and knew their QB wanted more win-now support.

    The Packers front office, ladies and gentlemen!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    …. except they did not “badly need one.” Tell the truth.

  21. Packers had to “settle” for the top receiver on the national champions. Oh woe, doom, and turmoil!
    And there is the fact that CB was a much bigger need than WR…

  22. touchback6 says:
    May 25, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I rememeber when BB took Gronk in front of the Ravens taking Pitta.

    LOL
    ————————-
    You must have memory loss from all the drinking. Gronk was a high 2nd rounder, Pitta was a 4th rounder. Ravens even took Dickson before Pitta. Ravens wanted Kindle more than Gronk anyways, just a shame he fell down the stairs before getting a chance to play.

  23. Which front office do I have more faith in, the Ravens or the Packers? Hmmmmm….

  24. Major Whiplash says:
    May 25, 2021 at 6:33 pm
    Funny, the Vikes are good at this too, if they know the Packers covet someone they take him just to pee them off. But really the Vikes draft smart guys with size and speed and usually steal the draft, the packers are looking for lesser developmental players they can pay on the cheap.

    And yet somehow the super genius Vikings still finish 7-9.

  25. The Ravens are the trolls of the NFL. Always worried about other people’s business.

  26. Gutekunst is in the heads of even well respected AFC teams. Yet he still sticks to his guns to keep GB competitive year after year. While our competition rails against him. Sounds to me like what a great leader should do. Keep doing what you’re doing Gute!

    GoPackGo!

  27. Ravens got played. It’s given that the Packers don’t draft offensive players for immediate help in the first round.

  28. akira1971 says:
    May 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm
    kevpft says: “Didn’t trade up to get a receiver when they badly needed one and knew their QB wanted more win-now support.

    The Packers front office, ladies and gentlemen!”
    ———————-

    Yet someone caught Rodgers passes in 2020 to help him win the MVP award. Seems the front office was RIGHT to believe in the existing receivers to grow into their roles.
    —————————————————————————————–
    Care to explain what did Love provide to help the Packers to get to the Super Bowl . The Packers were ONE PLAY away from making the Super Bowl . Have to believe a first round pick that actually played in the game could have made the difference . Whether is was a CB who didn’t let Miller run by him , another WR that might have prevented Adams from being doubled and triple covered during the last drive or a TE who could have been the redzone target the Packers lacked in that game just proves the Packers made a HUGE mistake drafting Love .

  29. “Gutekunst is in the heads of even well respected AFC teams. Yet he still sticks to his guns to keep GB competitive year after year. While our competition rails against him. Sounds to me like what a great leader should do. Keep doing what you’re doing Gute!” you hit the nail on the head,Gute does a great job of keeping the Packers in the SB picture year after year despite Rodgers mistakes at qb.Rommel didnt like Patten but respected him for the job he did and the same should be said of Gute.

  30. Well that makes a lot of sense. Let’s draft this guy because we think somebody else is going to draft him. How dumb can you get!!

  31. touchback6 says:
    May 25, 2021 at 5:33 pm
    I rememeber when BB took Gronk in front of the Ravens taking Pitta.

    ———
    I remember when BB took N’Keal Harry in front of DK Metcalf…. the rest of the league is still laughing

  32. billh1947 says:
    May 26, 2021 at 10:00 am
    “Gutekunst is in the heads of even well respected AFC teams. Yet he still sticks to his guns to keep GB competitive year after year. While our competition rails against him. Sounds to me like what a great leader should do. Keep doing what you’re doing Gute!” you hit the nail on the head,Gute does a great job of keeping the Packers in the SB picture year after year despite Rodgers mistakes at qb.Rommel didnt like Patten but respected him for the job he did and the same should be said of Gute.
    ——————————————————————————————–
    Gute walks out the door tomorrow it has zero impact on the Packers season , Rodgers leaves tomorrow the Packers season is over before it starts . In case you missed it the mistake prone QB you claim Rodgers is just won the MVP while Gute is continuing mismanage the cap , the draft and the team , lol .

  33. Ravens wanted a big WR and OLB with their 2 first round picks. They took the risk that the drop off from Bateman to say Terrence Marshall was riskier than the drop off from Greg Rousseau to Jayson Oweh. I’d say I’d probably take Bateman/Oweh over Rousseau/Marshall although it’s pretty close.

  34. I’m sure this wasn’t the ONLY reason the Ravens picked Bateman.

    Gee, The Packers GM said he liked this receiver at the scouting combine. We better draft him before they do, without doing any homework of our own!!!!!!

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