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Ravens Trade Out of First Round

The Ravens Won't Add Another Player Until Day Two.

The Baltimore Ravens are all about value.

So with plenty of talent remaining on the board, General Manager Ozzie Newsome opted to trade out of the first round in Thursday’s NFL Draft.

It’s not exciting, but Newsome called it “good business” to move back.

Baltimore moved back from pick No. 29 to the 35th-overall selection, which is the third pick in the second round, in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings. The Ravens got an additional fourth-round pick through the trade, which is the third overall selection on Day 3 (No. 98 overall).

They will be on the clock soon after the draft restarts at 7 p.m. on Friday.

 The Ravens have now traded in the draft every year since 2001. They have traded in the first round in four of the last five years with last April as the only exception.
Two players the Ravens were most likely targeting came off the board before they had a chance to select one of them. Popular fan pick Dont’a Hightower was taken 25th overall by the New England Patriots, who traded up six spots with Denver. Guard Kevin Zeitler was taken 27th by the Cincinnati Bengals. For a team like Baltimore who was hit hard by free agency obtaining another pick while still getting a player you value makes too much sense.
Right now there’s naturally some disappointment among Ravens fans as they watched while other AFC rivals got stronger and they will have to wait another day to see who will be added to the fold.

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4 Responses to “Ravens Trade Out of First Round”

  1. Judy Bowen says:

    I’m new to the draft so a lot of what was happening was confusing to me, but this upset me. It seemed like our guys were asleep at the switch. Did New England get the jump on us? And waiting until Day 3? I don’t get it.

  2. I can see why it would be upsetting. You wait around all night, watch other teams grab players and when the Ravens turn is up they pick…nothing.

    New England had two First Round picks in this draft. (They always seem to)The Patriots sent the No. 27 overall pick, which they’d obtained in a deal with New Orleans, and a third-rounder to Cincinnati for the 21st pick and used it to take Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones (Arthur Jones’ brother). Then they traded the No. 31 pick to Denver with a fourth-rounder for the No. 25 pick they used to take Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

    The Pats had the means to jump ahead of us and did so. With the Ravens getting hit hard by Free Agency and a tight cap situation it made sense to get another pick considering the two guys they wanted, Hightower or Zeigler were already off the board. This way they get another pick inside the Top 100 players to fill needs.

    I’ll probably post this later but the speculation will be where they can go with their two second-round picks (#35 and #60)tonight.

    Pass rusher Courtney Upshaw? Guard Cordy Glenn? Both were rated by some as the top prospect at their positions. One could be a Raven later today.

    Rounds 2-3 are Friday. Rounds 4-7 are Saturday.

    • Judy Bowen says:

      Thanks for explaining this to an admitted novice, Matt. And you were right, we got Courtney Upshaw!

      People really seem to trust Ozzie Newsome and he has built a solid team — it just seems like we get these really good young players, they become super-good, then they are picked off by other teams (Jarrett Johnson and Ben Grubbs, this year). This is both a good thing and a bad thing.

      I heard that Don’ta Hightower had some character issues, so maybe that was part of the reasoning.

      As for Patriots…..better not go there.

  3. Not a problem Judy.

    I REALLY like the Upshaw pick. Many consider him to be in the mold of Steeler Lamarr Woodley at the position. He was a first round talent that slipped for some reason.

    Ozzie usually does a good job but he misses just like anyone else.

    I’m still trying to figure out why they traded up to Pierce, the running back from Temple. They need every pick they have to help fill some other needs.

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