Could Ravens trade down in draft?

Could Ravens trade down in draft?
April 7, 2013, 9:15 pm
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The Ravens brought up another interesting scenario for the first round of this year's draft in an article on their web site.

They talked about how ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper said the team trading down and out of the first round is a possibility. It wouldn't be surprising -- after all, it's happened before. The site said the Ravens have done it in two of the last three years.  

On the site, the Ravens said that Kiper thinks it could happen because the team gets the last pick in the first round after winning the Super Bowl. 

“I think trading down is always an option at 32,” Kiper said in the article. “No. 32 is a spot where it’s the last pick of the first day.  Teams always want to get their jobs done before you get into day two, which gives teams a whole morning and afternoon to get ready for day two.”

That would just give the Ravens a different kind of weapon. The site pointed out that GM Ozzie Newsome enjoys getting bunches of picks, and that's already happened this year as the Ravens have 12 choices heading into the draft. 

Extra picks means extra ways to make deals. The Ravens have done that many times. Last year, as the article said, the Ravens traded their first-round pick (29th overall) to the Vikings in exchange for their second-round pick (35th overall) and a fourth-rounder. The Ravens got Courtney Upshaw in the second round and Gino Gradkowski in the fourth, who appears on track to take over as the starting center.

The question is what the Ravens want to do. Last year, they really wanted Upshaw, but got away with taking him in the second round, a bit cheaper. A lot of this depends upon what other teams do, and what players are available. 

It will be an interesting few days.