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Ozzie Newsome: Ravens talking trades, have list of 9 potential picks

Matt Stover, Ozzie Newsome AP

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome said this afternoon that he’s extremely confident a player he likes a lot will be there with the 29th overall pick in the draft — but he’s not as confident that the Ravens will stay at 29, and he’s already talking to other teams about potential trades.

“The board is set, and we’re comfortable with all the work that went into it,” Newsome told the team’s website this afternoon. “We’ve identified nine players we believe could be there at 29. We’ve taken those nine players and did some extra study on each. We had each of our scouts look extensively at these players. We then matched up all of these against the others and played the game of: ‘If this player and that player are there, who do we select and why. That’s a real good discussion and takes some time. We get the coaches involved. We get matchups of this offensive player versus this defensive player. We go through as many possibilities that we can think of.”

Newsome said that in addition to researching players, the Ravens think they’ve done enough research about what other NFL teams are planning to do that they can be certain all nine of their favored players won’t be gone by the time the 29th pick is on the clock.

“Not going to happen,” Newsome said of potentially missing on all nine of his guys. “I’d be surprised if there aren’t four or five of these players still there at 29. We have a lot of information about the players and the leanings of the teams in front of us. We’ve done our homework.”

If the Ravens are confident that four or five guys they like will be there at 29, the best move might be to trade back into the early second round — if they can find a trading partner. Newsome is open to that and has already talked about trading down, but he has also talked about trading up.

“I’ve already heard from three teams ahead of us and two teams behind us who have some interest in moving,” Newsome said.

Given Newsome’s draft-day track record, Ravens fans can be confident Newsome will make the right call.

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19 Responses to “Ozzie Newsome: Ravens talking trades, have list of 9 potential picks”
  1. dfeltz says: Apr 26, 2012 6:37 PM

    Probably looking to trade with the Bears.

  2. eaglesfootballfan says: Apr 26, 2012 6:41 PM

    Question?: Do you think he will trade up or down to get extra picks???

  3. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:41 PM

    they will probably trade with the Colts…..

  4. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 26, 2012 6:41 PM

    If you make a trade, make sure you tell someone about it next time.

  5. mataug says: Apr 26, 2012 6:42 PM

    They have probably got the Bears GM phone number blocked.

  6. 7thlombardiontheway says: Apr 26, 2012 6:47 PM

    6 rings

  7. mjkelly77 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:53 PM

    Yeah, the Bears don’t trade very well so I can see how the Ravens would be open to swindling them.

  8. wludford says: Apr 26, 2012 7:01 PM

    Vikings could trade up with their #35 pick if the right player is there.

  9. 7pints says: Apr 26, 2012 7:04 PM

    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Apr 26, 2012 6:47 PM

    6 rings
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    Tebow

  10. ppdoc13 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:11 PM

    It is nice knowing you have a hall of fame GM running your board.

    @7thyaddayaada – does your mommy know you are on the computer again?

  11. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 26, 2012 7:21 PM

    Newsome is one of the most underrated front office guys in football.

  12. jimiinpa says: Apr 26, 2012 7:21 PM

    no , it’s 6 rings and a r a p i s t

  13. ravensnosncaps says: Apr 26, 2012 7:30 PM

    Enjoy the 6 u have, won’t have another one for a long time.

  14. ravenator says: Apr 26, 2012 7:38 PM

    Best FO in the league! No question about it!

    Oz > Colbert

    Haters gonna hate.

  15. mswravens says: Apr 26, 2012 7:40 PM

    Sitting here watching NHL & MLB & waiting for the draft…and it sure is sweet to have Ozzie & Decosta running your team’s war room. Nice to be able to relax & enjoy knowing your front office guys will do a great job!

  16. getyourownname says: Apr 26, 2012 7:48 PM

    I could see Oz willing to trade with Chicago.

    But not unless he was making the Bears pay through the nose.

  17. deathtoromo says: Apr 26, 2012 7:50 PM

    “With the 29th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Thr Ravens select Vontaze Burfict Linebacker Arizona State. “

  18. realdealsteel says: Apr 26, 2012 7:57 PM

    7pints says:
    Apr 26, 2012 7:04 PM
    7thlombardiontheway says:
    Apr 26, 2012 6:47 PM

    6 rings
    ————————————————————————–

    Tebow

    ————————————————-

    Fluke because of injuries.
    ————————————————-

    6 rings

  19. stuartscottslefteye says: Apr 26, 2012 11:07 PM

    wludford says:
    Apr 26, 2012 7:01 PM

    Vikings could trade up with their #35 pick if the right player is there.

    ——————————————-

    Nice call.

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