Leading up to the draft, I’m examining 10 important questions for the Ravens. Here’s question No. 6:
WILL THE RAVENS BE ACTIVE TRADERS IN THIS DRAFT?
I think the Ravens will move up and down the board during points in this draft, but not in Round 1. At No. 26, I think the Ravens are comfortable, believing a good player will fall to them without having to make a deal.
However, with 10 overall picks, maybe the Ravens will be daring in Round 1. In his interesting trade-heavy mock draft, my colleague Ben Standig suggests the Ravens could trade up from No. 26 to No. 20 to get cornerback Marcus Peters of Washington.
[MORE RAVENS: NFL Mock Draft 7.5: The extreme, trade-heavy version]
If there is a run on cornerbacks early, it’s possible the Ravens may get antsy and trade up. But this is a deep draft at both wide receiver and cornerback. I don't think a Round 1 trade will be necessary for the Ravens to land a corner or receiver that they like.
I can really see the Ravens doing some dealing once the draft reaches Friday (Rounds 2-3) and Saturday (Rounds 4-7). They have one pick in Rounds 2 and 3, three picks in Rounds 4 and 5, and one pick in Round 6. Maybe they’ll be tempted to trade up in Round 2 to get tight end Maxx Williams of Minnesota. This draft is thin at tight end, and Williams is generally regarded as the best one. I can see the Ravens using a draft pick to trade for a veteran tight end if they can't get Williams.
The Ravens are also likely to draft a running back, and could trade up to get one they are targeting.
Having 10 overall picks gives the Ravens trade ammunition. I expect general manager Ozzie Newsome to use it.