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Ravens' phone might be buzzing from QB-needy teams come draft day

What if no quarterbacks are selected in the top five this year?

Sure, some draft experts predict the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys will draft quarterbacks early in the first round. Others believe only the Browns will take one that high.

But, what if neither Carson Wentz nor Jared Goff is drafted in the first five picks?

“People will want to trade up. Absolutely," Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz told WBAL Radio.

The Baltimore Ravens will be in prime draft real estate if the Browns and Cowboys decide to wait until the second round to address quarterback. Baltimore is sitting at No. 6 overall, which is directly ahead of quarterback-needy San Francisco and Philadelphia.

If Wentz and Goff make it out of the top five, the Eagles might seek a trade with the Ravens in order to leap ahead of the 49ers and get the quarterback they want. There's also a good chance that other teams looking at quarterbacks (the Los Angeles Rams, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets) will want to move in front of both San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Either way, the Ravens expect their phone to be buzzing if they're on the clock and coveted quarterbacks are available.

Let's look at the possible trade scenarios and repercussions:

Eagles (No. 8 overall): The Ravens would likely get a first-round pick as well as a fourth- or fifth-round selection from Philadelphia to drop back two spots in the top 10. If the Eagles are really desperate, Baltimore could get fourth- and fifth-round picks like San Francisco received last season when San Diego moved up two spots to get running back Melvin Gordon. As a result, the Ravens could draft Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and net at least one mid-round pick in a deal with Philadelphia.

Rams (No. 15): It would likely take picks in the first, second and late rounds to get Baltimore to fall back this far in the first round. With the No. 15 pick, the Ravens could draft Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland or Mississippi defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.

Bills (No. 19) or Jets (No. 20): Baltimore would probably need picks in the first and second rounds as well as an additional third- or fourth-rounder to slide down to one of these spots. This is an area where the Ravens can look at a pass-rusher like Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence and Georgia's Leonard Floyd or an offensive tackle like Michigan State's Jack Conklin.

It's also possible that Wentz or Goff will go in the top five, which means one of the Ravens' top four players will fall to them. Baltimore could draft a big-time defender like Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack or Ohio State's Joey Bosa at No. 6 overall if the Browns or Cowboys take a quarterback.

So, are the Ravens rooting for quarterbacks to get drafted early? Or do they want the quarterbacks to get passed over to increase their trade value at No. 6?

“I don’t know the answer to that,” Hortiz said. “It’s probably good either way."