By chance, the Ravens will pick 17th in the first round at the upcoming NFL draft.
With the Ravens and Cowboys both finishing 2013 with 8-8 records and holding the same opponents' winning percentage, a coin flip determined which team would pick 16th overall. The Cowboys were the winners of the lucky coin flip.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Ravens&src=hash">#Ravens</a> lost a coin flip with the Cowboys and will draft No. 17 overall this year. <a href="http://t.co/HB3L3Hk8sK">http://t.co/HB3L3Hk8sK</a></p>— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ravens/statuses/436135046068436992">February 19, 2014</a></blockquote>
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As of now, SB Nation's Mocking the Draft has the Ravens taking Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and the Cowboys selecting Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Free safety is a need for both the Ravens and Cowboys, so if the Ravens were targeting someone like Clinton-Dix in the first round, losing the coin toss could hurt them.
The silver lining — though this is why the Ravens are picking in the middle of the first round — is that the Ravens have a few positions of need. There should be a lot of quality players available at the 17th overall pick.