Ravens are willing to move on 2nd day if they see opening

With 7 draft picks in hand, Newsome remains focused on choices of today, 2005

Pro Football

April 25, 2004|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Though the meaty portion of the NFL draft took place yesterday, do not put it past Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome to do some wheeling and dealing as if he were in the first round when the event resumes today.

Newsome and the Ravens have seven picks in rounds Nos. 4-7 and will look to fill holes at defensive back, quarterback and backup offensive line.

To do so, the Ravens may package a pick in the fifth, sixth or seventh round to move up and take a player the team wants in the fourth or obtain another fourth-round pick.

The Ravens have the 120th pick in the fourth round, 23 spots lower than the New York Giants, who are scheduled to make the first selection of the second day.

"You'll probably see us moving, trying to get an additional fourth. ... There is a chance we'll probably be trading some of those picks for next-year picks," Newsome said.

The Ravens also have a fifth-round pick, two sixth-rounders and three seventh-rounders. One of the sixth-round picks and two of the seventh-rounders were compensatory picks given to the team because of the loss of key free agents.

With the Ravens splitting their two picks between defense and offense in the early rounds yesterday, the focus, as is usually the case on the final day, shifts to players who can make an impact on special teams.

More specifically, those players, especially those in the secondary, will likely need to excel on special teams to make the team.

"All the late rounds, you are looking at guys that are going to be backups and have to play on special teams," special teams coordinator Gary Zauner said. "Any player that is a good special teams guy, I've already looked at."

One position the Ravens will look to fill is cornerback, where Florida State's Stanford Samuels, Kansas State's Randy Jordan and Tennessee's Jabari Greer remain on the board.

The Ravens should have no problem finding a third-string quarterback. Pittsburgh's Rod Rutherford and Ohio State's Craig Krenzel should be available in the sixth and seventh rounds.

Both quarterbacks can scramble and manage games well, characteristics the Ravens look for in a player whose primary role will be to run the scout team.

"I think mobility is a factor that you really want to look for. And then intelligence," Ravens director of college scouting Eric DeCosta said. "The ability to pick something up on the fly, confidence, charisma."

If the Ravens want to go the way of a more traditional drop-back passer, Michigan's John Navarre appears to be the best one available and may be had for a fifth-round pick.

"We know we need a third quarterback," Newsome said. "There still is an area of a returner that we can look at. And we can use another corner. So we still have some needs."

A couple of highly rated guards, North Carolina's Jeb Terry and Ohio State's Adrien Clarke, are also still on the board.

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