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Friday, April 23, 2010
Ravens: Broncos' offer too enticing

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Here is a little-known fact: Thursday marked the first time in franchise history that the Baltimore Ravens traded out of the first round.

Considering how much the Ravens value the draft, they needed a hefty offer to trade their top pick, and they got one from the Denver Broncos, according to Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Denver offer its second-, third- and fourth-round picks for Baltimore's selection at No. 25. The Broncos ended up making the controversial selection of quarterback Tim Tebow, which is a player they must have really wanted, considering the bounty.

"[Denver] made me an initial offer early [Thursday] morning, and after the draft unfolded, they kept increasing the offer," Newsome explained to reporters in Baltimore.

The Ravens now have seven picks in this year's draft after starting with just five following the Anquan Boldin trade.

The move didn't come without risks. The Ravens passed over quality prospects such as cornerback Kyle Wilson and defensive linemen Jared Odrick and Dan Williams. All three players could have been good additions for Baltimore at No. 25.

But this is considered a very deep draft and there are still plenty of quality players on the board. The Ravens will make their first pick of the draft Friday at No. 43 and also have the No. 57 overall pick in the second round.

"We've always felt that this was a draft that could be very beneficial to us if we could have multiple picks," Newsome said. "And now we have them."