Friday, April 23, 2010

Ravens explored trading up to get Bryant

Some draft buzz…

The Ravens couldn’t find a trading partner to move up and get Dez Bryant. The Packers at No.23 were in love with Bryan Bulaga while the Patriots at No. 24, a frequent trading partner, wanted a third round pick just to move up one slot. The Ravens said no thank you! Keep in mind that the Ravens only had to give up a sixth round pick in 2006 to the Cleveland Browns in order to move up one slot (from No. 13 to 12) to select Haloti Ngata.

I would be very surprised if the Ravens don’t take a tight end with one of their three picks today. Word is if Jermaine Gresham was still on the board at No. 25 they would have chosen the Sooner. That said the organization, particularly the scouts and coaches are said to be very excited about the added picks. They’ll get value with their next tight end.

The surprise pick of the draft, Tim Tebow aside, has to be California Bears defensive tackle Tyson Alualu. A good player who fits a Jacksonville need may have been available in the middle of the second round. They could have picked up another pick or more to move back and get Alualu later. Jacksonville doesn’t pick again until No. 74 (3rd round). Their former second round pick belongs to New England.