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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Did Browns spoil a Ravens' homecoming?

By Jamison Hensley

BALTIMORE -- There were only a handful of picks before everyone found out whether the Baltimore Ravens were going to draft the first Baltimore native in their history.

But the Cleveland Browns spoiled any chances of a homecoming for Towson running back Terrance West. On Friday night, the Browns traded back into the third round to move five spots ahead of the Ravens to grab the prolific small-school runner.

The Ravens eventually selected Colorado State tight end Crockett Gilmore in the third round. General manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged that West, who played high school football in Baltimore City, was on the Ravens' radar.

"We like Terrance," Newsome said after the third round ended. "He was a guy that we had as a draftable player, and we’ll just be playing against him twice a year now.”

It was expected that the Ravens were going to look for a running back as early as the third round. The Ravens landed a potential starting safety in Terrence Brooks earlier in the third round and were powerless to do anything at the end of the round.

There was no way for the Ravens to move up in the third round because their last pick was a compensatory one, which can't be traded. Actually, the only remaining non-compensatory pick for the Ravens is a sixth-rounder, so the only way to get an additional third-round pick this year was to give up a pick in a future draft.

It sounded like the Browns were concerned the Ravens were going to draft West. The Browns traded picks in the fourth and sixth rounds to go up 12 spots and jump ahead of the Ravens.

So, Ravens coach John Harbaugh can thank his brother for not getting a shot at someone who would have bolstered the depth behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

“We had an inkling that other teams were going to try to circle the wagons on (West) when it got to the compensatory picks,” Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. “And, so we felt that we needed to jump back in before he disappeared.”

The Ravens have four remaining picks on Day 3 to add a running back.