Even though there were several highly-touted prospects available at the No. 25 spot, the Ravens decided to trade out of the first round and accumulate more draft picks.
Considering how Baltimore entered the draft with a franchise-low five selections, the Ravens now have seven total picks after sending the 25th choice to the Denver Broncos for their 43rd- 70th- and 114th-overall.
Denver then promptly selected former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, one of the most decorated signal-callers in NCAA history.
Meanwhile, the Ravens can now take advantage of the deepest drafts in recent history with a crop of second- and third-round talents that can help a team immediately.
Baltimore had never traded out of the first round in team history, but General Manager Ozzie Newsome told BaltimoreRavens.com that he would not hesitate to do so for additional picks.
ESPN NFL newsman Adam Schefter reported that Oklahoma State wideout Dez Bryant – the top receiving prospect in the draft – would be the Ravens' pick at 25, but the Dallas Cowboys swung a trade with the New England Patriots in order to snap up the local product.
The Ravens accumulated several key selections. Denver's 43rd gives Baltimore two second-rounders (No. 57), and the 70th-overall is the sixth pick of the third round. Because the third round occurs on Saturday, teams will have a critical opportunity to reshuffle their draft boards.