Baltimore Ravens fans are very familiar with the first-round options on the table for general manager Ozzie Newsome when he makes the 17th pick of the 2014 NFL draft. But we also know that Newsome isn’t afraid to move around the draft board to go after a player he likes or to accumulate more draft picks.
Most mock drafts don’t project trades, but this slideshow gives you five possible trade partners for the Ravens to move up or down the draft board.
NFL GMs have a chart that assesses a value to every draft pick, and I have used this chart (via DraftTek.com) to come up with fair trades for both sides.
Each slide presents the breakdown of the trade (complete with all picks involved and the relative trade values according to the chart), as well as reasons why the trade makes sense for each party.
The Ravens are in the uncharacteristic position of picking in the middle of the first round which gives them the chance to add a real difference-maker. On the other hand, Newsome has to like the thought of accumulating more picks in such a deep draft class to shore up a handful of positions on the roster.
Consequently, don’t be surprised to see any of these deals go down on May 8.