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Key Trades Add Up To Ravens’ Seven Picks

Trades involving Wilson, Clayton and Barnes molded the Ravens’ draft selections for 2011.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Co. currently have at their disposal seven picks entering the 2011 draft (in the first round, second round, third round, fourth round, two sixth-round picks and a seventh-rounder).
 
The total number of selections was affected by three transactions made nearly a year ago. 
 
Baltimore is currently slotted to draft 26th in each round they have a pick, but that does not include the fifth round. The Raven will reportedly send their fifth-rounder to the Seattle Seahawks to finalize the trade for cornerback Josh Wilson in September.

The Ravens also swapped their seventh-round selection and Mark Clayton for the St. Louis Rams’ sixth-rounder, as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
 
Finally, the Ravens picked up a seventh-round pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in the trade for linebacker Antwan Barnes.
 
Typically around the this time of year, teams are awarded compensatory draft picks, which are granted in rounds three through seven based on the net quality of free agents lost and gained in the previous year. But without a new collective bargaining agreement, compensatory picks won’t be presented to NFL teams.
 
With seven draft picks, the Ravens are set up with more than they had last year.
 
In 2010, the Ravens went into the draft with five picks because of the trade for Anquan Boldin.  But, they turned their first-round selection – sending one pick to the Arizona Cardinals - into three picks to end up with seven total.
 
The expiring CBA could present unforeseen issues.  There is a chance a work stoppage could push free agency after the draft, which puts a premium on picks. 
 
Ravens Director of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta always says he wants more picks, and this year, that sentiment is highlighted.

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