The Baltimore Ravens are known for trading back in the first round. There were, however, two times over the past seven drafts when the Ravens tried to trade up.
General manager Ozzie Newsome discussed both instances during the team's recent pre-draft luncheon.
The first attempt came in 2007, when quarterback Brady Quinn unexpectedly slid down the first round. The Ravens were working out a trade to move up to the Dallas Cowboys' spot at No. 22, but they were outbid by the Browns. Cleveland traded its 2007 second-round pick and 2008 first-rounder to get Quinn, and the Ravens selected guard Ben Grubbs at No. 29.
"Phil [Savage, Browns general manager] offered more than we did," Newsome said. "And so, they ended up drafting Brady Quinn, and we did not get him, because what Dallas and Jerry [Jones] wanted in the trade from the other team, we did not feel like we should go up to that level. So, Phil got the trade.”
What would've happened if the Ravens had drafted Quinn? Here is my blog post on the ramifications.
The Ravens were also interested in moving up last year, according to Newsome.
"We were surprised that a player had started to fall that we had rated real high," Newsome said, "and we started to try to move up to get that player. "
Newsome didn't mention the player, but it possibly could've been someone like wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who went to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 29, or linebacker Alec Ogletree, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams at No. 30.
The Ravens ended up selecting safety Matt Elam at No. 32, the last pick of the first round.
Could the Ravens look to trade up this year? The problem for the Ravens is they only have four picks to trade, which Newsome said doesn't give the team much "ammunition" to move up from No. 17. The Ravens' four compensatory picks can't be traded.
"I could probably say if one or two players start getting really close to us, we’d be clamoring trying to go up and get them," Newsome said.