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Ozzie Newsome: Teams have called wanting to move up

Ozzie Newsome AP

So far, most of the news about teams moving in the NFL Draft has been about teams wanting to move up to get one of the top players such as Sammy Watkins or Jadeveon Clowney.

Now, we have our first official bail-out candidate.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters at his pre-draft press conference that teams have called them about the No. 17 overall pick, and that they’d entertain such an idea.

In a draft deep in first-round receiver talent, it looks like a spot where a team looking for help there might move. While too low for Watkins (or Mike Evans), the next group of receivers could start flying off the board in that neighborhood.

The Ravens have a history of doing business with the 49ers, and the 49ers need help at receiver, so keep an eye on that as a possibility.

Plus, the Ravens are good at this whole drafting thing, and could benefit from adding picks in a deep pool.

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35 Responses to “Ozzie Newsome: Teams have called wanting to move up”
  1. gerard33 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:17 PM

    Radical mohawk! Oh, wait…

  2. cmich2006 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:22 PM

    Looking at the recent drafts we should start to dispel this myth of Ozzie be a great drafter. For every hit he has multiple misses.

  3. rootintootinnootin says: Apr 30, 2014 12:22 PM

    That doesn’t make any sense. Why would they call the Ravens when everyone knows the Cowboys are willing to do a sweetheart of a deal at one spot earlier in the first round?

  4. Bmorelikeray52 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:27 PM

    In Ozzie we trust !!!

  5. barsfordays says: Apr 30, 2014 12:32 PM

    Baltimore isnt going to the playoffs no matter what they do with the pick.

    last time i checked, paying ur QB 120 million to throw more INTs than TDs isnt exactly a recipe for success.

  6. @Cereal_22 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:32 PM

    Hey cmich2006, how many HOF or future HOF’s has your idea of a good GM drafted ?

  7. camcameronsucks says: Apr 30, 2014 12:32 PM

    If Taylor Lewan, Clinton-Dix, Eric Ebron, or Zach Martin are available at #17 the Ravens should pick one of them up.

    Fortunately, Ozzie has usually been successful when trading back.

    Unfortunately, I may sit through another 1st Round draft, only to not see the Ravens pick at all.

    Go Ravens!

  8. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 30, 2014 12:43 PM

    The Harbaughs are in kahoots!

    I don’t see how the Ravens were condidered successful in doing this in the past. In 2010 they traded out of the first and took Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody. Cody has been a career backup and did Kindle ever play a down? Its still early to judge 2012 but Courtney Upshaw (whom they selected in the second after trading away their first) isn’t scaring anyone.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 30, 2014 12:45 PM

    In Ozzie we trust !!!

    How cute the love for The Pied Piper for the lemmings in Baltimore. It eliminates the need for the fans to think and it shows.

  10. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 30, 2014 12:45 PM

    In fact, Webb is their only selection left from 2009 and Pitta from 2010.

  11. scoobies05 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:49 PM

    a lot of teams’ fans argue whether or not their gm is good. in discussing the ravens, people argue whether or not ozzie is the best. in ozzie we trust!

  12. enoughofthatalready says: Apr 30, 2014 12:56 PM

    I don’t know Steeley, the Steelers do not have any of their 2008 or 2009 draft picks left on the team and they only have 3 left from the 2010 class. Colbert and Tomlin started with some questionable drafts. And I am a Steelers fan saying that.

  13. 2blingluvinit says: Apr 30, 2014 12:57 PM

    If only is a foolnodrool knew anything about football.

  14. ricebowl2 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:58 PM

    Well Steely McBeam, if you want to look at selective drafts to try and make a point: the Steelers have 0 players left from 2008 and 2009.

  15. watermelon1 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:03 PM

    Which basically means none or very few teams have called. And the ravens are trying to inflate the price/interest in their pick.

    Why would any team be honest to the media and public about their intentions and assets leading up to a draft? Makes no sense. It’s all talk. Don’t believe it.

  16. sbchampsagain says: Apr 30, 2014 1:15 PM

    This story has nothing to do with Ozzie’s intent to move up or down.

    It’s just a simple fact and pretty well known around the league that Ozzie isn’t set in stone about picking in the first round and will entertain all offers.

    The other good GMs in the league are smart to know who they can call if and when a player they like slips.

  17. enoughofthatalready says: Apr 30, 2014 1:17 PM

    a lot of teams’ fans argue whether or not their gm is good. in discussing the ravens, people argue whether or not ozzie is the best. in ozzie we trust!

    The GMs that put together the current Seahawks and 49ers rosters are currently the best. Those teams have been built to be in the Super Bowl appearance hunt for the next several years until either the law or contract demands rip those teams apart. I do not see the current Ravens’ roster fitting that mold. Plus you cannot deny how Kraft and Elway made the Patriots and Broncos better by free agency alone this offseason. In any event, this is a key draft for the Ravens.

  18. scw1993 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:19 PM

    If he is so good, why hasn’t he cut the wife-beater yet?

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 30, 2014 1:19 PM

    Teams would be smart to trade for Baltimore’s 2015 draft picks, as they’ll be at the top of each round.

  20. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 30, 2014 1:47 PM

    Teams may have called about moving up, but as soon as Oz tells them that Flacco is part of the package, they immediately hang up.

  21. southpaw2k says: Apr 30, 2014 1:59 PM

    This idea that Ozzie has lost his touch in drafting well is such a myth. I’d like to stack up the Ravens’ draft choices over the last 4 years or so against the other top teams in the league and see how many they’ve missed on compared to the Ravens.

    Since 2010, I’d say the Ravens missed on Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Ed Dickson, Tandon Doss, and Christian Thompson.

    However, they also had drafted Torrey Smith, Dennis Pitta, Arthur Jones, Kelechi Osemele, and Jimmy Smith.

    The bad does not outweigh the good any more than on the Patriots, Seahawks, Eagles, Broncos, or 49ers.

  22. twells49 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:05 PM

    For those who are jealous of Joe Cool, our QB, Ravens fans know why.

    1. Only quarterback to start and win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons
    2. Most road playoff wins by a quarterback: 6
    3. Most touchdowns in a postseason: 11 (tied with Joe Montana and Kurt Warner)
    4 Most touchdowns without an interception in a postseason: 11 (tied with Joe Montana)
    5. First quarterback to have a passer rating over 100 in all four games of a single postseason.
    6. After only five years Flacco already has more road playoff wins than any other QB in the HISTORY of the NFL

  23. sandy102270 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:08 PM

    One would think that any or all of the Seahawks, Patriots, and Broncos would be more likely trade partners since, historically, the Ravens have completed more trades with all of them than the 49ers.

    Don’t read too much into the Harbaugh connection. We’ve made only one trade with SF since the team came to Baltimore.

  24. jpk6044 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:14 PM

    Translation: “We want teams to call us to move up.”

  25. jimjets says: Apr 30, 2014 2:18 PM

    maybe true, maybe not but if so, teams may be trying to get ahead of the jets and take the reciever we want?

  26. kabasaman says: Apr 30, 2014 2:20 PM

    There are going to be a lot of moves on the day of the draft. I think there are multitudes of teams that may move up or down. That’s what makes this years draft so interesting. You just never know who wants one of the four quarterbacks, or defensive backs or even offensive lineman. “Win NOW”………. all the owners are getting old.

  27. hakunamangata says: Apr 30, 2014 2:21 PM

    Must not be much to do in Pittsburgh today.

    All of you are absolutely right by the way, you know a heck of a lot more about drafting players than a two time super bowl champion GM and ex Hall of Fame player.

    After all you play Madden.

  28. swagger52 says: Apr 30, 2014 2:35 PM

    Crown of the helmet would appear to know what he is talking about given that his team always picks at the top of each round.

    However, unfortunatetely, he lives life concussed, and knows nothing about other teams.

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 30, 2014 2:49 PM

    Ozzie can be inscrutable. Few can read the bumps on his head accurately.

  30. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 30, 2014 3:00 PM

    Pretty good strategy, put this out there, then accept the highest bidder.

    He has the media doing his work for him. Smart dude.

  31. jtbsteeler says: Apr 30, 2014 3:04 PM

    In Ozzie I “trust” to draft a “bust”.

  32. bigdaddy44 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:51 PM

    Ozzie, you misunderstood. It wasn’t another team calling to make a deal in the draft. It was a prosecutor calling to cut a deal for another one of your players.

  33. jacobk621 says: Apr 30, 2014 6:16 PM

    Patriot fan living near Baltimore ,,, I’m so sick and tired of hearing the comment “in Ozzie we trust ” that I wanna vomit everything time I hear it ,,, Ravens have had a fairly decent run the last few years until last year but come on man they have 1 SB appearance during this time it ain’t like they are a dynasty or something ,, as far as Ozzie goes he’s had a lot of misses as well as hits during this time ,, “Ozzie we trust ” don’t think so !!!!

  34. iamedreed says: May 1, 2014 10:33 AM

    Patriot fan living near Baltimore ,,, I’m so sick and tired of hearing the comment “in Ozzie we trust ” that I wanna vomit everything time I hear it ,,, Ravens have had a fairly decent run the last few years until last year but come on man they have 1 SB appearance during this time it ain’t like they are a dynasty or something ,, as far as Ozzie goes he’s had a lot of misses as well as hits during this time ,, “Ozzie we trust ” don’t think so !!!!

    at least we won our only recent SB appearance………..

    what exactly has the patriots done the past 10 years???

    Fact of the matter remains we have come to foxboro and beat the pants off your team the last 3 playoff games, if it weren’t for lee evans joe would have 2 rings instead of just 1

  35. scoobies05 says: May 2, 2014 9:30 PM

    the funny thing is steeler fans. you have been picking in front of the ravens for the last few years, continue to pick busts, and cant want more games than the ravens

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