With it being a deep draft class, the Ravens -- an organization that values draft picks -- would love the opportunity to trade back and gain a pick in a later round.
They might have that chance, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome. Speaking to reporters at the Ravens' pre-draft luncheon, Newsome said teams have inquired about potentially trading up to 17, which would allow them to move back and add a pick.
"We’ve already gotten some calls about teams wanting to move up, but it’s also based on the number of players that we have available who we think have value, and if we move back four, five or six spots, we might still have the opportunity to get one or two of those players and get the additional pick," Newsome said. "So that’s how we look at it. Can we pick at 17? We’ll be prepared to pick at 17, but also we’ll be entertaining trades to be able to move back if we have to, if we want to."
If the Ravens feel they can grab a player later in the first round, such as Indiana receiver Cody Latimer, Florida State receiver Kelvin Benjamin or Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward, then it would definitely be worth it (of course those are just three examples, there are many more options the Ravens could head in if they trade back).
it's a no-brainer, in my opinion, if given the option to do so. Newsome all but eliminated the idea of trading up unless it was a someone they could move up for that would be an immediate impact (my guesses there would be Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Mike Evans). Simply put, it looks like it's pick No. 17 or moving back.
There's only a little over a week left until we find out which direction the Ravens go in. Either way, given this class, a need will certainly be met with their first pick.