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Recapping Ravens' traded draft picks

5/14/2014

In order to get offensive linemen Eugene Monroe and A.Q. Shipley on the team last year, the Baltimore Ravens had to trade three picks in the 2014 draft.

The Ravens gave fourth- and fifth-round picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Monroe, and they sent a seventh-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts for Shipley.

This is what those teams got for the picks from the Ravens:

Fourth round (No. 114 overall): Aaron Colvin, CB Oklahoma. The 10th-ranked cornerback by Mel Kiper Jr. and the 88th-ranked overall player by Todd McShay. "Colvin is a fluid and flexible athlete with good football instincts, but could afford to add some more bulk to his frame," McShay wrote. "He suffered a torn ACL at Senior Bowl practices."

Fifth round (No. 159): Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas. The sixth-ranked defensive end by Kiper and the 112th prospect by McShay.

Seventh round (No. 232): Ulrick John, OT, Georgia State. The 42nd-ranked offensive tackle by Kiper.

The Ravens traded two middle-round picks for Monroe because they knew they were going to get compensatory picks after losing outside linebacker Paul Kruger (Cleveland), inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (Miami), safety Ed Reed (Houston) and cornerback Cary Williams (Philadelphia) in free agency.

The Ravens take pride in how they collect compensatory picks. Since the league started awarding compensatory picks in 1994, the Ravens have received the most of any team (41). The next closest teams are Dallas and Green Bay, which each have gotten 33.

A team is eligible to receive compensatory picks when it loses more or better free agents than it acquired in the previous year. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents.

"We take some stress – a lot of stress – during free agency," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "There are a lot of good players that sign with other teams, and we lose a lot of good players, but we maintain the patience, and we’ll try to sort through other areas to get players."

The Ravens currently have six picks in the 2015 draft (one in first, second, third and fourth rounds and two in the seventh). They acquired a seventh-round pick from the Miami Dolphins in last year's trade for offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, but they've traded away two picks as well. The Ravens sent a fifth-round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for center Jeremy Zuttah, and they gave up a sixth-round pick for a seventh-rounder in 2014, which was used on Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro.

The Ravens are expected to get three compensatory picks in 2015. They lost four significant unrestricted free agents in defensive end Arthur Jones (Indianapolis), offensive tackle Michael Oher (Tennessee), cornerback Corey Graham (Buffalo) and safety James Ihedigbo (Detroit) and signed one in safety Darian Stewart (St. Louis).