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Will Ravens Move Back From No. 25?


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One way for the Ravens to add to their current five picks in this deep 2010 draft class is for them to trade their No. 25 overall pick and move backwards.

But if history is a roadmap for the future, don't expect the Ravens to trade out of the first round completely.

In the 13 drafts in the franchise's existence, the Ravens have only dealt a first-round pick once, and that was to pick up a first-round pick in the previous year's draft, not pick up extra picks later in the same draft.

The only time Baltimore didn't have a first-round pick was in 2004 because it traded that pick to the New England Patriots for the No. 19 overall selection in the 2003 draft, which the Ravens used to take quarterback Kyle Boller.

But if General Manager **Ozzie Newsome** wants to add more picks this year, he doesn't have to move out of the first round. If he found a suitor, Newsome and the Ravens could simply move back in the first round. Newsome doesn't have much of a history of doing that either, however.

The Ravens have only once traded back in the first round in franchise history. In 2008, they moved back from No. 8 overall to No. 26 before jumping back up to No. 18 to snag quarterback **Joe Flacco**.

The Ravens got an extra third and fourth round picks from all the shuffling. They used the third-round pick on linebacker **Tavares Gooden** and traded the fourth-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for cornerback **Fabian Washington**.

If the Ravens don't budge from No. 25 overall, they could move from their second-round pick (No. 57 overall). In 2008, they moved from No. 38 to No. 55 in 2008 and still took running back **Ray Rice**. Baltimore got an additional third-round out of the deal, which it used to take safety **Tom Zbikowski**.

There could be several interesting options near the start of the second round of this year's draft if the Ravens did decide to move back.

One or a couple of the top cornerbacks in the class, including Devin McCourty of Rutgers, Kareem Jackson of Alabama and Patrick Robinson of Florida State, could fall into the early second round. There are also several wide receivers, including Demaryius Thomas of Georgia Tech, Arrelious Benn of Illinois, Golden Tate of Notre Dame that could land there.

Of course, all of this hypothesizing could be for nothing as the Ravens have been quite successful staying put at the back of the first round and waiting for players to drop to them.

It happened in 1996, when **Ray Lewis** fell into the Ravens' lap at No. 26. In 2001, **Todd Heap** slid all the way to the final pick of the first round and a year later **Ed Reed** dropped to No. 24. In 2007, the Ravens waited for **Ben Grubbs** to descend to No. 29 and they traded up three spots last year to grab **Michael Oher** at No. 23.

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