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NFL DRAFT 2014: Ravens could get a tackle or safety at 17th pick, but trade remains possible

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, right, speaks alongside head coach John Harbaugh during an NFL football news conference in Owings Mills, Md. Newsome will probably have plenty of tantalizing players to choose from when Baltimore is on the clock in the NFL draft. Yet it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if he deals away the No. 17 pick. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, Baltimore Ravens general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome, right, speaks alongside head coach John Harbaugh during an NFL football news conference in Owings Mills, Md. Newsome will probably have plenty of tantalizing players to choose from when Baltimore is on the clock in the NFL draft. Yet it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if he deals away the No. 17 pick. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)  (The Associated Press)

After missing the playoffs for the first time in six years, the Baltimore Ravens finally have a draft pick in the first round worth coveting.

The Ravens have the 17th overall selection, their best position since they nabbed five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at No. 12 in 2006.

Although general manager Ozzie Newsome will have plenty of tantalizing players to choose from when Baltimore is on the clock Thursday night, it wouldn't be the least bit surprising if he deals away the pick.

Baltimore has eight selections, half of them compensatory picks.

Eight is nice. More is better.

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