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The Ravens took advantage of Tim Tebow mania last year, trading back with a quarterback-hungry partner to get additional picks.
Former general manager turned NFL Network analyst Charlie Casserly believes Baltimore could pull the same move again in this year’s draft.
“Baltimore, as evidenced a year ago, is not going to force the pick,” Casserly said in a conference call Wednesday. “If there’s a player there that they like, they’ll take him. If not, they’ll move out of it. Their pick could be for sale.”
Last year, Baltimore traded its No. 25 overall pick to the Denver Broncos, who grabbed the storied Florida quarterback. In exchange, the Ravens got early second, third and fourth-round picks, which they used on linebacker Sergio Kindle and tight ends Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.
This year, there could be another run on quarterbacks near the end of the first round, in part due to the general premium put on signal-callers and because there’s currently no free agency and thus no way to sign or trade for one.
In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks projects four quarterbacks to be taken in the first round. He has TCU’s Andy Dalton being taken at No. 25 by the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots trading their No. 28 pick to the Minnesota Vikings so they can snag Washington’s Jake Locker.