Would Ravens trade up for Martin or Ebron?

Would Ravens trade up for Martin or Ebron?
May 1, 2014, 6:00 am
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Would the Ravens trade up to get either Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin, or North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron? Just a hunch on my part, but I think those two players are coveted enough by the Ravens to consider trading up for.

Martin could be good enough to start at right tackle as a rookie. Ebron is a versatile, pass-catching tight end entering a league where tight ends causing matchup problems are in vogue.

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At the Ravens’ pre-draft press conference Wednesday, general manager Ozzie Newsome admitted there were one or two players the Ravens would consider trading up from No. 17 to target. It won’t be easy for the Ravens to trade up, but for the right player, they will consider it.

“We don’t have a lot of ammunition this year (to trade up),” Newsome said. “It would be hard to do. But I could probably say if one or two players start getting really close to us, we’d be clamoring trying to go up and get them.”

Trading up to get Martin might make sense for the Ravens, not only because they want him, but because the Steelers may want him at No. 15. Keeping the Steelers from getting Martin and getting him themselves could be doubly satisfying for the Ravens.

Ebron might be the only tight end in this draft worthy of a first-round pick. Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak loves utilizing tight ends. If Ebron falls out of the top 10, the Ravens might be tempted to trade up. Especially when the Jets at No. 18 might also covet Ebron.

While the odds are against the Ravens trading up, it can’t be ruled out, especially in a draft that is very unpredictable.