I’ll admit it.
After several hours of buildup the announcement that the Ravens traded out of the First Round more than slightly annoyed me. And why wouldn’t it?
I sat and endured Chris Berman’s tired old shtick and I also watched the Ravens AFC rivals add one or in some cases two more players to their respective teams. They got stronger and we got – a fourth round pick?
Before I turned in for the night I began scouring the Google machine in hopes of finding a break down of the Ravens-Vikings swap since ESPN almost always does a poor job of reporting it on screen. I went to team site first and found a simple report with some positive spin thrown in. Ozzie Newsome is even quoted as saying that the move was “good business” for us.
Ok, sounds good enough to me. We do need draft picks to replace the pack of players that left during Free Agency and recouping the 4th rounder that was spent on Lee Evans isn’t necessarily a bad idea.
So I awoke today excited about this evening and wondered what direction Baltimore would take having the third pick of the evening in their pocket?
Outside pass rusher Courtney Upshaw is still on the board. You know how Ozzie loves those Tide alums. Or the Ravens could also use a replacement for Ben Grubbs and Guard Cordy Glenn could fill the bill. Or maybe the team could use another athletic receiver and Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill is a very intriguing prospect.
Then I came across an article from WNST written by Glenn Clark. I’ll admit that I’m not much of a fan of the station but I will say that I liked the fact that Clark was at least challenging the status quo with his post. Too often we use the mantra – “In Ozzie We Trust”. So much so that I start to cringe when I read it on message boards or hear it from fellow fans. That’s not say that I don’t like Ozzie Newsome as the General manager of the Ravens. More often than not he’s usually right and we shouldn’t rush to judgement right away. But he is the same guy who drafted Travis Taylor, and Adam Terry and Kyle Boller? He can make mistakes too.
So was this trade back a mistake?
Time will tell. As is always the case in player drafts we won’t really be able to grade this out until at least several seasons have passed.
After giving it some thought we’ll just need to wait and see how this unfolds tonight on the television screen to get a better idea of what Newsome’s plan is and what new players will be in purple in 2012.