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Ravens’ readiness to move in Round One has been a draft calling card

John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome AP

Any consideration of the Ravens’ draft needs must be done with the idea that Baltimore, given its history, may not be locked into using the No. 17 overall pick in Round One.

Throughout G.M. Ozzie Newsome’s time overseeing the draft, the Ravens have shown a willingness to move up or down in the first round. Here are the club’s Round One transactions since 1996:

1999: Acquired a 2000 first-round pick (tailback Jamal Lewis) from Falcons for a 1999 second-round pick (tight end Reggie Kelly).

2003: Traded back into Round One (No. 19) for quarterback Kyle Boller, sending Patriots their 2004 No. 1 pick (nose tackle Vince Wilfork, No. 21) and their 2003 second-round pick (No. 41). The 41st pick ended up with Houston, which took tight end Bennie Joppru.

(UPDATE: As commenter “Remember Brian Brohm” pointed out, the Ravens had a potential deal to trade up for Minnesota’s No. 7 pick that didn’t go through. Ultimately, the Vikings took Kevin Williams at No. 9, with Baltimore taking Terrell Suggs at No. 10.)

2006: Traded the Nos. 13 and 181 picks to Cleveland for the No. 12 overall pick. The Ravens selected defensive tackle Haloti Ngata with the 12th pick. The Browns took outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley at No. 13 and defensive tackle Babatunde Oshinowo at No. 181.

2008: Traded the No. 8 pick to Jacksonville for picks Nos. 26, 71, 89 and 125. The Jaguars selected Derrick Harvey with the No. 8 pick. The Ravens drafted linebacker Tavares Gooden at No. 71. The No. 125 pick was traded to Oakland for cornerback Fabian Washington.

Later in Round One, the Ravens would trade selections Nos. 26, 89 and 173 to the Texans for the No. 18 overall pick. The Ravens selected quarterback Joe Flacco at No. 18. The Texans took offensive tackle Duane Brown 26th, running back Steve Slaton 89th and safety Dominique Barber with the 173rd pick.

2009: The Ravens traded the Nos. 26 and 162 selections to New England for the No. 23 overall pick. At No. 23, the Ravens took offensive tackle Michael Oher. The Patriots would trade the 26th and 162nd selections to Green Bay. With those picks, the Packers took outside linebacker Clay Matthews and offensive lineman Jamon Meredith.

2010: Baltimore dealt the No. 25 overall pick to Denver for selections Nos. 43, 70 and 114. The Ravens took linebacker Sergio Kindle 43rd, tight end Ed Dickson 70th and tight end Dennis Pitta 114th. The Broncos took quarterback Tim Tebow with the No. 25 pick.

2011: A Draft Day deal with Chicago to move down from No. 26 to No. 29 fell through. Time expired on the Ravens’ No. 26 pick. At No. 27, the Ravens selected cornerback Jimmy Smith, one selection after the Chiefs took wideout Jonathan Baldwin. At No. 29, the Bears took offensive lineman Gabe Carimi.

2012: The Vikings traded the Nos. 35 and 98 picks to the Ravens for Baltimore’s first-rounder (No. 29). The Vikings selected safety Harrison Smith with the 29th pick. The Ravens took outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw 35th and center Gino Gradkowski 98th.

Now, we turn to you. Should the Ravens hold steady at No. 17, or should they move up or down in Round One? The Ravens have only four tradeable draft picks (Nos. 17, 48, 79 and 194), which could make a bold up the board difficult. However, time and again, the Ravens have shown they can work with clubs to strike a deal. Give us your take via the poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

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31 Responses to “Ravens’ readiness to move in Round One has been a draft calling card”
  1. boobsanders says: Apr 28, 2014 3:07 PM

    Ozzie loves his draft picks. Unless he falls in love with a defender, and that defender is dropping out of the top 10 (Mack?), I don’t see them moving up. He’ll probably trade down, pick up a linebacker or lineman late in the 1st and then draft another safety and/or receiver in the 2nd.

  2. jagsandliquor says: Apr 28, 2014 3:09 PM

    I wish the jags could get that 2008 draft agin

  3. Remember Brian Brohm says: Apr 28, 2014 3:10 PM

    Don’t forget in 2003 the Ravens had a deal in place with the Vikings to move up in the first round to the 7th pick, but the Ravens never called the trade in to the NFL. So the Vikings are thinking the Ravens are on the clock and their time runs out. By the time they figured out the Ravens conned them, two teams jump ahead of them. The Vikings still got the guy they wanted in Kevin Williams with the 9th pick. I think the Ravens wanted to trade up to draft Byron Leftwich, who wound up going to Jacksonville with the pick they were going to trade for. The Ravens wind up with Terrell Suggs at 10 and then trade up to get Boller.

  4. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 28, 2014 3:15 PM

    Who did Ravens fans root for before ’96?
    Wagonjumper squad.

    less than 20 years of draft history.

  5. ravens2xworldchamps says: Apr 28, 2014 3:19 PM

    Move up and take Mike Evans

  6. canedaddy says: Apr 28, 2014 3:24 PM

    I’d love to see them trade up to get one of the top OTs (Robinson, Matthews or Lewan). Not likely though.

  7. simplegodfather says: Apr 28, 2014 3:30 PM

    In Ozzy we trust? I think not.. It just proven and show how much ALL GMs can win and lose.. Every GMs has their years and moments… So Ozzy isn’t the best GM in NFL as much of Raven Fans claims to be.. Ozzy miss out alot of premium players

  8. Mike Wilkening says: Apr 28, 2014 3:31 PM

    Thanks for bringing up the Ravens-Vikings 2003 proposed deal — adding it in now. — MW

  9. ratbirdsrule says: Apr 28, 2014 3:39 PM

    Jax has many pics in this, a very deep draft…
    they could build themselves a very strong foundation if they draft correctly

  10. gabrosin says: Apr 28, 2014 3:50 PM

    If he drops into the 7-10 range, Ozzie should be working the phones trying to deal his first and third and maybe a late pick to go up and get Mike Evans. Otherwise he should move up a couple spots if necessary to get one of the top three tackles. Any other outcome, and it would make sense to trade down.

  11. laxer37 says: Apr 28, 2014 3:57 PM

    Looks like the Ravens have gambled many times with their picks. Some worked out nicely and some didn’t. Some moves made other teams a lot better with little in return.

  12. jmac34 says: Apr 28, 2014 4:09 PM

    before last year the ravens had 5 years in a row and 6-7 years of trading or trading for a first round pick. That is pretty crazy

  13. ravensfanfromcanada says: Apr 28, 2014 4:15 PM

    Should stay at 17 unless the top 3 OT’s/Martin are off the board newsome knows how deep this draft is at WR so he won’t reach for one at 17 if Evans is gone

  14. diegosteel says: Apr 28, 2014 4:17 PM

    For years they sure did have alot of middle picks in the 1st rounds? Reflects on the BAL proformance throughout many years…8-8

  15. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 28, 2014 4:18 PM

    (UPDATE: As commenter “Remember Brian Brohm” pointed out, the Ravens had a potential deal to trade up for Minnesota’s No. 7 pick that didn’t go through. Ultimately, the Vikings took Kevin Williams at No. 9, with Baltimore taking Terrell Suggs at No. 10.)

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    Please add to your update that the Vikings taking Kevin Williams at N0. 9 resulted in them, in part, not winning the Super Bowl. Again.

  16. barneyrumble says: Apr 28, 2014 4:46 PM

    They only have four tradable picks in this draft, but they can reach into future drafts for picks to facilitate a trade up.

  17. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 28, 2014 4:55 PM

    Ozzie has constantly provided the Ravens with talent to constantly compete and contend. To say anything less means 2 things either you are ignorant on how good teams are built or you have a bad case of sour grapes. I am not a Ravens fan but call it how I see it.

  18. ncphinsfan says: Apr 28, 2014 5:12 PM

    Anyone questioning Ozzie is nuts. Yes, he has had a few bad scenarios, but most worked out. The problem with trading up is trying to get one of the 3OL’s. It will cost way more than you think. The Draft is deep at many positions, but the top 7 players this year are sacred. If Martin (4th OT/G), that would be lucky, but he might be gone, so anything else is a huge reach. Not a Ravens Fan, but did live there for 13 years. Ozzie is the franchise. He should get the money they Gave Flacco.

  19. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 28, 2014 5:37 PM

    “2008: Traded the No. 8 pick to Jacksonville for picks Nos. 26, 71, 89 and 125. The Jaguars selected Derrick Harvey with the No. 8 pick.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  20. youplayinfoosball says: Apr 28, 2014 5:40 PM

    “bearshaterseverywhere says:
    Apr 28, 2014 3:15 PM
    Who did Ravens fans root for before ’96?
    Wagonjumper squad.

    less than 20 years of draft history.”

    See there were these guys called the Baltimore Colts… I bet you have less than 20 years of life history. Lol probably never even been to Chicago.

  21. freeigwebuike says: Apr 28, 2014 5:46 PM

    ncphinsfan says:
    Apr 28, 2014 5:12 PM

    The Draft is deep at many positions, but the top 7 players this year are sacred.

    ———-

    Top 7 are sacred you say, my Vike’s are drafting 8 so that sounds about righ…

  22. ravenswhat says: Apr 28, 2014 5:58 PM

    The prevailing theme is that Ozzie makes sound decisions a good % of the time while the teams he does deals with typically come out on the wrong side of the deal long term.

  23. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 28, 2014 6:27 PM

    Ozzie looked much better when he was wearing the brown and orange. He will end up back with the new browns in some capacity, soon enough when the ravens sink into irrelevance and the browns rise to their rightful spot atop the AFC North.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 28, 2014 6:58 PM

    “bearshaterseverywhere says:
    Apr 28, 2014 3:15 PM
    Who did Ravens fans root for before ’96?
    Wagonjumper squad.

    less than 20 years of draft history.”

    See there were these guys called the Baltimore Colts… I bet you have less than 20 years of life history. Lol probably never even been to Chicago.

    I bet you have less than 30 years of life history and lol you live in Baltimore and you are the joke…..heavy LOL

  25. gofor2with3pointlead says: Apr 28, 2014 7:24 PM

    Who knew the world was so chocked full of draft guru’s?

  26. bearshaterseverywhere says: Apr 28, 2014 9:03 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Apr 28, 2014 6:58 PM
    “bearshaterseverywhere says:
    Apr 28, 2014 3:15 PM
    Who did Ravens fans root for before ’96?
    Wagonjumper squad.

    less than 20 years of draft history.”

    See there were these guys called the Baltimore Colts… I bet you have less than 20 years of life history. Lol probably never even been to Chicago.

    I bet you have less than 30 years of life history and lol you live in Baltimore and you are the joke…..heavy LOL

    0 7

    ________________________________

    The Colts and Ravens are 2 different teams, nice rage though, that was a lot of “lols”

    ….you were 100% completely WRONG with all of your rage accusations….I saw Walter Payton win the SB as I have been living in Chicago for almost 40 years now. Huge Laugh Out Loud!

  27. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 28, 2014 9:41 PM

    What’s worse than letting time expire on your pick? Blaming it on someone else.

  28. artworkworld says: Apr 29, 2014 1:44 AM

    I think the Patriots pick of Vince Wilfork at 21 worked out a little better than the Ravens taking Kyle Boller at 19 or really at any pick.

  29. jetfan74 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:06 AM

    If any of you were ever paying attention then you would know that the Ravens moved from Cleveland to Baltimore, so there is plenty of draft history. The Colts are irrelevant in this conversation except for their ties to the Charm City.

  30. stoogy says: Apr 30, 2014 1:34 AM

    Nofool is a steeler fan who couldn’t handle Pittsburgh’s harsh winters so the softy moved to Virginia. Pretty weak Rambo. He is formerly known as vasteelerfan.

  31. sbchampsagain says: Apr 30, 2014 10:25 AM

    Nice read! Very interesting, Mike!

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