Ravens more likely to trade down than up

Ravens more likely to trade down than up
March 2, 2014, 10:00 am
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The Ravens need to do well in this year’s draft, but with the 17th pick, they are under no pressure to trade up. In fact, if the Ravens make a first-round deal, they are more likely to trade down to get an extra pick later.

This draft is deep at wide receiver and offensive line, which are two of the Ravens’ most pressing needs. The Ravens have their own picks in rounds one, two, three, and six. In addition, the Ravens will be awarded the league maximum four compensatory picks for losing Dannelle Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed, and Cary Williams in free agency last year.

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The Ravens traded their own fourth-round and fifth-round picks for left tackle Eugene Monroe, and they traded their seventh-round pick for offensive lineman A. Q. Shipley. Although the Texans cut Reed, he played long enough with Houston and had a big enough contract to earn the Ravens a compensatory pick. Those yet-to-be-determined compensatory picks will range anywhere from late in round three, through round seven. Compensatory picks cannot be traded.

The Ravens could do some maneuvering at some point in the draft. General manager Ozzie Newsome has a long history of trading up and down to work the draft in his favor.

However, the Ravens can afford to sit tight with the 17th pick this year. Good players will be available. The Ravens just need to pick the right one.