Five possible developments that could impact what the Ravens do with the 17th pick
1. An early run on quarterbacks.
If Manziel, Bortels, and Carr all go early, the Ravens might see more quality players at other positions might fall to them. Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin and Louisville safety Calvin Pryor are two players the Ravens would probably love to see available at No. 17.
2. Cold feet with the quarterbacks.
If Johnny Manziel is the only quarterback taken in the top 11, the Ravens might gain leverage with the 17th pick. A quarterback-needy team might be interested in trading up to get the Ravens’ 17th pick for a shot at Blake Bortels, Teddy Bridgewater, or Derek Carr.
3. An early run on what the Ravens need.
Let’s suppose Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, and Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan are all gone by the 12th pick. That might make the Ravens more willing to trade up to get either Martin or Pryor before somebody else does.
4. Wide receivers going early.
It’s the draft’s deepest position, but as many as eight wide receivers could go in the first round. Maybe the 49ers (30th pick) will get antsy if wide receivers start flying off the board. Making a trade with the Ravens for the 17th pick would allow the 49ers to go after receivers like Odell Bechkam Jr., Marqise Lee or Brandin Cooks. We’ve seen Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome trade down before to get another pick. He might do it again.
5. A top cornerback falling
Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert, and Bradley Roby could all be gone by the 17th pick. But Newsome has said you can’t have enough corners, and the Ravens lost Corey Graham to the Bills in free agency. If Dennard, Gilbert, or Roby is available, maybe the Ravens pull a surprise and take a corner first.