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Mailbag: Will Ravens make play for Von Miller?

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@jamisonhensley: Sorry, I have bad news just like the questions in previous weeks regarding Alshon Jeffery and Josh Gordon. Miller isn't going to be available. The Broncos won't let a former No. 2 overall pick and a pass rusher in his prime just walk away in free agency. Even if Denver can't reach a long-term deal with Miller, John Elway will put the franchise tag on him. It'll be expensive to use the tag (more than $14 million), but the Broncos can free up nearly $38 million in cap space if they cut quarterback Peyton Manning, linebacker DeMarcus Ware and offensive tackle Ryan Clady. Just releasing Ware, an aging pass rusher, would free up $10 million and create a bulk of the room needed to tag Miller. The Ravens could always hope the Broncos will have another clerical faux pas (or is that fax pas) like they did with Elvis Dumervil. If that happened, the Ravens would have to get in a long line of teams interested in a defensive playmaker who ranks third in sacks (25) the last two seasons. @jamisonhensley: You can never really count out general manager Ozzie Newsome trading back because the Ravens have done it four times in the last 10 drafts. As you touched upon, the key is whether there is a quarterback that teams covet enough to move up into the top 10 to get. North Dakota State's Carson Wentz certainly increased buzz with an impressive showing at Senior Bowl practices. It should be noted that he worked with the Dallas Cowboys coaches at the Senior Bowl. If the Cleveland Browns take Cal's Jared Goff at No. 2 and the Cowboys select Wentz at No. 4, that would increase the value of the Ravens' No. 6 pick because a quarterback-needy team could fear an early run at that position and feel the pressure to move up for Memphis' Paxton Lynch. Still, if I'm gauging what the Ravens will do now, I get the feeling they'll stay at No. 6. This is a Ravens team that has a bigger need for an immediate impact player than additional picks. @jamisonhensley: I wouldn't agree that Upshaw is the odd man out. I could be wrong, but I don't expect Upshaw to have a huge market in free agency because he didn't put up big numbers in his contract year. Pernell McPhee had 7.5 sacks in 2014 to price himself out of Baltimore's range. Upshaw managed two sacks and remains more known as a run defender. The Ravens like Upshaw because he's reliable (defensive coordinator Dean Pees pointed out that Upshaw didn't miss a practice all year) and does a lot of the dirty work in setting the edge. This might be a case where he has more value to the Ravens than other teams. @jamisonhensley: At this point, that would be a reach according to most draft experts. I haven't seen a mock draft where Treadwell has gone higher than No. 7. Mel Kiper Jr. has Treadwell as the No. 9 prospect in this draft, and Todd McShay has him at No. 14. But Treadwell is the type of prospect who can rise during the pre-draft process (NFL combine and pro day). He also put up strong numbers last season with 82 catches, 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns. Recent draft history suggests Treadwell will likely go higher than he's projected right now. A wide receiver has been taken in the top five in four of the last five drafts. Do I think the Ravens will take Treadwell at No. 6? My initial reaction is no because I don't see the Ravens taking a wide receiver in the first round in back-to-back years. But, if Baltimore was going to select a wide receiver at No. 6, the overwhelming choice is Treadwell.