Holding the No. 6 pick, don’t expect Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome to trade down in this year’s draft. If he does trade down, he won’t move far. Because when Newsome has drafted in the top 20, he has almost always delivered a star player.
The Ravens have only had nine top-20 picks in their history. But eight of those picks have played key roles on Super Bowl winning teams:
Joe Flacco, QB – 18th pick, 2008
Haloti Ngata, DT – 12th pick, 2006
Terrell Suggs, OLB – 10th pick, 2003
Kyle Boller, QB – 19th pick, 2003
Jamal Lewis, RB – fifth pick, 2000
Chris McAllister, CB -10th pick, 1999
Duane Starks, CB – 10th pick, 1998
Peter Boulware, OLB - fourth pick, 1997
Jonathan Ogden, LT - fourth pick, 1996
Boller is the only bust on that list. Most of the Ravens’ top 20 picks have been to the Pro Bowl, and Ogden is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
I asked ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper during a conference call Monday about the likelihood of the Ravens trading down. Kiper expects the Ravens to stay put at No. 6, with at least one of these players expected to be available - Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, or Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa. Kiper had Bosa going to the Ravens in his latest mock draft.
“I think there’s going to be some big-time players staring them in the face,” Kiper said during a Monday conference call. “Think about this organization. Jonathan Ogden, you’ve had Jamal Lewis, you go back to Peter Boulware – McAllister, Duane Starks, Terrell Suggs – all top-10 picks. They built these Super Bowl teams back in 2000, and a couple of years ago, based on what happened in the top 10.
“I think when you have a Ronnie Stanley, when you have a Joey Bosa, when you have a Vernon Hargreaves, a DeForest Buckner, a Joey Bosa all in the mix – you know probably two to three of those players I mentioned are going to be there. Trading out of there? There’s going to be far too good a player, I think, there at No. 6 for the Ravens to trade out.”