This one for sure looks scary at first glance, but hey, that’s kind of the point seeing as it’s the rebuild direction.
First of all, let me say that seeing Bobby Wagner and/or Tyler Lockett go would be a hard pill to swallow. Lockett has been my favorite Hawks player for as long as he’s been with the team. No matter what role he’s had, he produces at a high level. He is one of the smartest players I’ve ever seen play the game, and for that I have always loved him.
Wagner as well has been one of the most productive linebackers in the history of the game. Every single season he is the heart of the defense, making plays and leading the team.
But, all good things must come to an end, and in a rebuild, the goal is usually to get younger. Wagner is 31 years old, and Lockett is 29. With this trade, my goal was to turn our older talent into younger potential through draft capital that we don’t currently have.
I have Wagner going to the Baltimore Ravens, which I think would be a perfect fit. The Ravens defense is ranked 25th in the NFL in total defense. By adding Bobby Wagner to a defense with an already solid secondary as well as defensive line , Wagner could potentially make their defense great again, playing alongside young talent Patrick Queen at the linebacker position. This is why I think Baltimore would be willing to give up this draft capital.