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West says Ravens were going to draft him

During the NFL draft, I posed the question: Did the Browns spoil a Ravens' homecoming for running back Terrance West?

The answer is apparently yes.

West told The Plain Dealer on Saturday that the Ravens were prepared to take him late in the third round. The Browns, though, traded back into the third round to get five spots ahead of the Ravens and selected West with the No. 94 overall pick.

"[The Ravens] texted my agent and told him they were going to take me," said West, who played his high school and college football in the Baltimore area. "The Browns came up before them and I'm here now. It's all about the Browns, man."

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged after the third round that the team did "like" West, but the Ravens were powerless in this situation. There was no way for the Ravens to move up in the third round because the pick was a compensatory one, which can't be traded.

Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team jumped to that spot in the third round because they didn't think West would fall to Cleveland in the fourth round (the Browns had the sixth pick in that round). Farmer had an "inkling" that some teams with compensatory picks would take West.

According to West, the Browns did make the right move. Or the bad one, if you're looking at it from the Ravens perspective.

"It didn't really matter," said West, who grew up a Jamal Lewis fan. "I'm looking forward to (playing the Ravens twice a season). Can't wait (but) I'm going to look at every game as the same. ... We have a goal and that's to win a championship."

After not being able to draft West, the Ravens chose Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro in the fourth round.