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Marquise Brown trade grades: Who won Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens NFL draft trade?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Arizona Cardinals traded the No. 23 pick in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday night to the Baltimore Ravens for wide receiver Marquise Brown and a third-round NFL draft pick.

Who won the trade?

We decided to take a look at NFL trade grades for the move to find out.

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Cardinals a 'clear winner' in Marquise Brown trade?

CBS Sports gave the Cardinals an A for the move and called Arizona a "clear winner" in the deal.

Cody Benjamin wrote: "With Christian Kirk departing via free agency, Brown's arrival allows the aging A.J. Green to slide back into more of a rotational role behind DeAndre Hopkins and takes pressure off Rondale Moore as the presumptive No. 3. It's a truly sensible gamble, potentially solving a slew of issues at once. Not only are the Cards potentially placating their star QB, who's angling for his own payday and will benefit from an additional deep threat, but they're getting a possible long-term playmaker at a premium position."

Benjamin gave the Ravens a C- for the trade.

Clutch Points gave Arizona an A- for the trade, while handing Baltimore a D+.

Sean Barnard wrote: "It will be exciting to watch Marquise Brown in the dynamic Cardinals offense this season. He will face more single coverage than he has so far in his career, and Kyler Murray should be looked at as an upgrade in QB play. Expect a big season of production for Hollywood as he proves he is capable of more than he showed in Baltimore."

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Marquise Brown speaks to fans during a watch party for fans at Cardinal Stadium on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Glendale. Brown was traded to the Cardinals by the Ravens and was brought to Glendale for the draft party.

Ravens actually won the Marquise Brown trade, right?

Not everyone saw Arizona as the winner in the trade, however.

For the Win gave the Cardinals a C+ grade. It gave the Ravens a B.

Christian D'Andrea wrote: "You know what? I’m fine with it. Brown isn’t quite reliable and he’s about to get expensive as he nears free agency, but he’s coming off a 1,000-yard season (his first) and is a reasonable replacement for Christian Kirk, whom the Jaguars deemed worthy of a $72 million contract in this wild market for veteran receiving help. Brown, if his fifth-year option is picked up (it will be), will only cost Arizona $15.5 million the next two seasons. If nothing else, at least the Cardinals got to annoy Lamar Jackson in the process."

While it didn't provide any analysis, Fansided gave Arizona a C+ and Baltimore a B+ for the Brown deal.

NFL.com's Chad Reuter gave Arizona a B+ for the first day of the draft. He gave the Ravens an A+.

He wrote: "Arizona traded the No. 23 overall pick for Ravens receiver Marquise Brown and a third-rounder (No. 100). Even though Brown hasn't been a consistent playmaker in Baltimore, I understand why Arizona made this deal. QB Kyler Murray is familiar with Brown from their days in Oklahoma. The Cardinals get the deep threat they lacked to complement DeAndre Hopkins and last year's second-round pick, Rondale Moore. … "Trading Marquise Brown to the Cardinals made a lot of sense to me. Gaining the 23rd overall pick in that deal, the Ravens then traded back with the Bills to get another fourth-round pick and the opportunity to select a new center in Linderbaum. I projected the team would trade down in the first round and pick Linderbaum months ago. He's not a big center, so he'll need to make sure he anchors well against NFL nose tackles. But Linderbaum's strong hands, quick feet and intelligence make him an excellent pick. The team has to hope he's a similar find to former All-Pro offensive lineman Marshal Yanda, who also played at Iowa and was a Ravens third-round round pick in 2007."

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Did Cardinals and Ravens both win the trade?

For the Win's Charles Curtis gave the Ravens and the Cardinals both a B for the trade.

He wrote: "OK. I get it. Reuniting Brown with Murray makes both parties very happy, and getting into the business of making Murray happy is a good idea for Arizona. Brown replaces Christian Kirk — who left in free agency — and the hope is that he can carry over the production from last year in Baltimore when Hollywood had 91 catches. But that was his first 1,000-yard season. He’s never really been a WR1, so I’m thinking the Cardinals are banking on him being even better with an old friend. For the cost of a first-rounder, that had better be the case."

Who do you think won the trade between the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens involving Marquise Brown?

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