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Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome hopes to turn some of this year’s compensatory draft picks into gems. The Ravens have four of them – No. 99, No. 134, No. 138, and No. 175.

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The Ravens will soon find out how many compensatory picks they will receive in the May draft. The announcement could be made as early as Monday at the NFL owners’ meetings in Orlando.

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Sounding confident he had made the right decision, Steve Smith joined reporters on a conference call Friday just minutes after signing his three-year contract with the Ravens.

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More NFL veterans are destined to become cap casualties before March 11, but safety Troy Polamalu will reportedly remain with the Steelers.

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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.

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