<
>

Mailbag: Where will the Ravens trade up in the draft?

It's time to open Part Two of our weekend Baltimore Ravens mailbag ...

@jamisonhensley: Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti speculated the team could move into the middle of the second round if Minnesota's Maxx Williams, the consensus top tight end in the draft, slipped that far. The Ravens would likely need to give up a fourth- and fifth-round pick to jump eight or nine spots from No. 58 overall. That would still leave the Ravens with two picks in the fourth and fifth rounds. In the third round, the Ravens can use a fourth-rounder to go up 10 spots. There are plenty of options when the Ravens have 10 picks (but the three compensatory picks can't be traded). It's not a given that the Ravens will trade up in the draft. The Ravens might want to use all of their picks. They have selected at least 10 players in six previous drafts (1997, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2013). @jamisonhensley: Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said there were multiple teams who expressed interest in defensive tackle Haloti Ngata when the Ravens made it known he was available. But it sounds like the Detroit Lions were the most aggressive team in pursuit of Ngata. In fact, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he contacted Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome about Ngata after Ndamukong Suh reached a deal with the Dolphins. Newsome told Mayhew that the Ravens hadn't made a decision yet. A day later, Newsome told Mayhew that Ngata was available and it only took a few hours before the teams struck a deal, according to Mayhew. This was a good deal for the Ravens because they received a couple of mid-round picks, cleared $8.5 million in cap space and moved Ngata to a team that wasn't on their 2015 schedule. @jamisonhensley: Bisciotti threw a little bit of a curveball last week when he suggested the Ravens might take a pass-rusher in the first round. That could be someone like Virginia's Eli Harold or Kentucky's Bud Dupree. It's difficult to believe Nebraska's Randy Gregory, Missouri's Shane Ray or Clemson's Vic Beasley would land with the Ravens unless they're willing to trade up from the No. 26 overall pick. Another surprise would be a defensive tackle like Florida State's Eddie Goldman or Iowa's Carl Davis. Some would be shocked if the Ravens took a running back (Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon or Georgia's Todd Gurley) in the first round. The best bets remain cornerback, wide receiver and pass-rusher. @jamisonhensley: I'm going to modify your question because Bisciotti talked about following the Steelers' model of finding receivers in the fourth and fifth rounds. He believes the Ravens can get someone who can take the top off defenses at that point in the draft, which means looking for speed. Here are six candidates who are unpolished pass-catchers that can stretch the field: Georgia's Chris Conley (fourth round) Nebraska's Kenny Bell (fourth round), Georgia Tech's Darren Waller (fourth round), Stanford's Ty Montgomery (fifth round), Washington State's Vince Mayle (fifth round) and Fresno State's Josh Harper (fifth round).

Remember to follow me on Twitter and on Facebook