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Kiper: Trading Down A Good Option For Ravens


Ravens fans may be in for another anti-climatic opening round of the NFL Draft.

ESPN's draft expert Mel Kiper thinks that the Ravens may end up trading out of the first round, which they have done in two of the last three drafts.

"I think trading down is always an option at 32," Kiper said. "No. 32 is a spot where it's the last pick of the first day.  Teams always want to get their jobs done before you get into day two, which gives teams a whole morning and afternoon to get ready for day two."

General Manager Ozzie Newsome loves to accumulate picks, which then gives him ammunition to make other moves over the course of draft weekend.

The Ravens already have 12 draft picks, but Kiper still wouldn't be surprised to see the Ravens slide back and add more.

"Really for any team between 29-32, trading out is always a good option," he said.

Last year the Ravens moved out of the first round by trading their top pick (29th overall) to the Minnesota Vikings to slide back six spots (35th) and add an additional fourth-round pick (98th).

Baltimore took outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw with the 35th pick and used the extra fourth-round selection to take center Gino Gradkowski. Upshaw was a part-time starter and key member of the defense, and Gradkowski is now projected to take over the starting center job for recently-retired center Matt Birk. The Ravens also traded out of the first round in 2010 and ended up taking outside linebacker Sergio Kindle with the 43rd-overall pick. Kindle suffered a serious head injury before his first training camp, never materialized during his time in Baltimore and was cut last season.

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