OWINGS MILLS, Md. – 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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