OWINGS MILLS - Holding the 17th pick in a deep draft gives the Ravens trade leverage. Enough leverage that general manager Ozzie Newsome said he has gotten some offers.
“We’ve already gotten some calls about teams wanting to move up,” Newsome said Wednesday at the team’s annual pre-draft press conference. “Can we pick at 17? We’ll be prepared to pick at 17. But also, we’ll be entertaining trades to move back if we want to.”
Trading down in the draft is something Newsome has done often - still getting a quality player with the lower pick, while acquiring an extra pick or two.
Wide receiver is considered the deepest position in this draft, and at some point, there will be a first-round run at that position. Wide receiver prospects like Odell Beckham Jr. of LSU, Kelvin Benjamin of Florida St., Brandin Cooks of Oregon St., Cody Latimer of Indiana, Marqise Lee of USC, and Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt could start flying off the board anywhere after the 15th pick.
Plenty of teams needing a wide receiver are picking after the Ravens, like the Jets (18th pick), Eagles (22nd), Chiefs (23rd), Panthers (28th), and 49ers (30th). If one of those teams wants the 17th pick to get the wide receiver they want, Newsome will keep listening.
His phone is already ringing.