The landscape of the NFL would be completely different.
Rewind back nine years ago.
The Ravens offered their entire draft for the rights to pick Ryan, sources said, going from No. 8 to No. 2. The trade nearly happened, but the Rams asked for more. They also wanted Baltimore's second-round pick from 2009 to clinch the deal.
At that point, cooler heads prevailed, and there was no deal.
But think about how things would've been different. Neither Flacco, nor Ray Rice (the team's second-round selection in 2008) would not have been Ravens. Nor would Paul Kruger, their second-rounder in 2009.
"We decided it was time to pull the trigger on the quarterback," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said at the time, "that we felt like was the guy to lead our football team into the future."
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