Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome and director of player personnel Eric DeCosta like to say that they’re in the pick business.
The more picks they have, the greater chance they have to find the next Pro Bowler, quality starter, or solid special teams contributor.
As of right now, Newsome and DeCosta only have five picks at their disposal in what’s considered a very deep draft, which has led to many analysts and media members (including yours truly) suggesting that the Ravens might be wise to try and trade the 25th pick overall and accumulate more selections.
Asked today if trading down is something that will be a priority going into the draft, Newsome said it’s an option, but not a necessity.
“Number one, we have to be prepared to pick at 25,” Newsome said. “The only way you’re able to trade back is you’ve got to have a trading partner. If the phone doesn’t ring, then you have to pick.
“If it does ring, then you have to weigh the player that could be there versus moving back and taking the additional picks.”
On the flip side, as could be expected, Newsome did not rule out trading up in the first round to grab a player, as the Ravens did last season when they moved up three spots to take Michael Oher.
“We had six picks last year, and we traded up and got Michael,” Newsome commented. “There are a lot of ways you can build your football team. If we feel like someone starts to come down the board and he can impact our football team, impact it in a way that we can afford to do some other things on our roster, then yeah, we will move up and get that guy.
“The chances of us moving up [last year] were not very good, and what did I do? I moved up. So you just never know. You need to be prepared to go either way.”