OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has been extremely successful securing talent through the NFL draft over the past 16 years and one big reason is he rarely plays a pat hand.
Baltimore has the 29th overall pick and seven subsequent selections in the 2012 draft, to be held April 26-28. Before the draft ends, there's a good chance Newsome will make a deal to move up in a round or to get more picks.
Or, he might do both.
"We make calls to teams ahead of us and behind us to alert them that we have the potential to move," Newsome said.
Last April, Baltimore traded two choices to Philadelphia to move up in the third round and take offensive lineman Jah Reid, who is currently atop the depth chart at left guard.
In addition, Newsome pulled off a trade to secure first-round pick Joe Flacco, who has led Baltimore to the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.
"It's really who the player is and who the other players are around him," said Eric DeCosta, Baltimore's director of player personnel. "You'll never see us trade up to get a player unless we think clearly he's by far he's the best player there."
Such was the case last year with Reid, a 6-foot-7, 335-pounder out of Central Florida.
"One of the reasons we did that is we looked at the offensive line board and it was barren," DeCosta said. "We basically said, `This is the last guy left that we covet on the offensive line.' When you start to get the itch, you make some phone calls."
"Jimmy was the highest rated player on the board when it came time for us to pick. It wasn't even close," Newsome said. "When we got to Torrey, it was the same thing. Some needs have to come into play because we have to fill them, but we have said this for 16 years: We will not take need over a real good player at another position."