GM Ozzie Newsome has a reputation as one of the best personnel men in the business.(Patrick Semansky/AP)
While there are a few teams looking to trade up in the 2014 NFL Draft, there appear to be more willing to trade down. One such team rumored to be open to such a move are the Baltimore Ravens.
Currently owners of the 17th pick, the Ravens aren't in desperate of need of bringing in a first round draft pick and could use such leverage to secure themselves a handful of selections thanks to a trade.
Why would they do so? Well, it seems as if Baltimore's front office believes the 2014 NFL Draft is deeper than normal according to assistant general manager Eric DeCosta.
“I think we have about 180 players. Some years we have 150; some years we’ve had 140. We have about 180 now. Certainly, we won’t be picking [all] those guys, but our scouts have deemed those guys as draftable. That tells me that if we’re doing our jobs, we should do a really nice job in undrafted free agency, because we’re going to target a lot of those guys that we think are good players that don’t get drafted and try to add those guys after the draft.
DeCosta went on to clarify his comments later.
"I would say it’s deep if you draft the right players. That’s the challenge. There are a lot of players in this draft; we just have to draft the right guys.”
Baltimore has been rumored to be shopping their first round pick for a few weeks with teams like the San Francisco 49ers suggested to be potential partners.