The Ravens have a whopping 12 draft picks in the upcoming NFL draft.
With so many, they could look to roll a couple over to next year for higher selections.
Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta both brought up that possibility in interviews with BaltimoreRavens.com.
“The advantage of having those picks is we may be able to get the opportunity to trade one of those picks for a pick next year,” Newsome said.
“That would be huge if we could take one of our fourths or maybe our third and trade that for a second or a third next year. And all that does is help you in the 2014 draft.”
DeCosta didn’t mention trading as high a pick as a third rounder. He gave examples of turning a fourth-round pick into a third or a fifth into a fourth.
The Ravens have eight tradable draft picks since compensatory picks cannot be moved. They’ve never dealt current picks for future selections, but it’s something they have long wanted to do.
“We’ve been talking about doing that for years now,” DeCosta said. “The league will give you value that way if you’re able to trade back. We have a lot of flexibility.”
That doesn’t mean shedding picks is necessary, however. Newsome didn’t seem concerned with the roster being able to handle 12 rookies next year because not all 12 are guaranteed to make it. Some could land on the practice squad or be cut.
“I never look at a draft thinking every one of my picks is going to make the team,” he said. “I like to think so, but nobody bats 100 percent with their draft picks.”
While the Ravens have the second-most picks of any team in the draft, they’re still focused on every one. DeCosta said the Ravens can’t think that they have any throw-away picks because they have so many opportunities.
“You’ve got to treat each pick like it’s the only pick you have and you’re trying to nail that one pick,” DeCosta said.