The NFL will soon reveal which teams will be awarded compensatory picks for free agents lost last offseason.
The Ravens are expected to receive three or four compensatory picks -- likely four -- which would bring their number of picks for next month’s NFL draft to 12. That’s a lot of ammo for general manager Ozzie Newsome should the Ravens choose to move up, down and all around or acquire more picks for next year’s NFL draft.
Since the Ravens arrived in Baltimore in 1996, they have gone into the draft with nine or more selections in five different years. They are expected to make it six this offseason. Their most draft picks was 12 in 1997.
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Here is a refresher on what they did in each of those drafts:
1996: The Ravens entered this draft with 10 picks, including a pair of first-rounders after a deal with the San Francisco 49ers the previous year. Those first two picks turned out to be a pair of Hall-of-Famers in left tackle Jonathan Ogden and linebacker Ray Lewis. They drafted just seven players, though, including return specialist Jermaine Lewis. That’s because traded a second-round pick for tight end Harold Bishop, dealt away three picks to acquire another second-round pick (used on cornerback DeRon Jenkins), and traded a fifth-round pick for defensive tackle Reginald Jones. It was a busy first draft for Newsome in his first year in Baltimore.
1997: For a second straight year, the Ravens entered the draft with double-digit draft picks (12). Despite making three trades during the draft, the Ravens still ended up selecting 12 players, including outside linebacker Peter Boulware in the first round and inside linebacker Jamie Sharper and safety Kim Herring in the second.
2002: The Ravens came into this draft with 10 picks, including the No. 24 pick overall, eventually used to draft a rangy free safety from Miami named Ed Reed. After a pair of trades, the Ravens still ended up taking 12 players, including defensive end Anthony Weaver, punter Dave Zastudil and running back Chester Taylor.
2003: This time, the Ravens had 11 picks when the draft began. They took outside linebacker Terrell Suggs with the No. 10 pick overall. But they soon added another first rounder pick, No. 19 overall, in a trade with the New England Patriots, giving up their second-round pick and a future first-round pick so they could select quarterback Kyle Boller. The Ravens did not make another trade in this draft, coming away with an 11-man draft class that included outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, fullback Ovie Mughelli and offensive tackle Tony Pashos.
2008: In the first draft of the John Harbaugh era, the Ravens started the weekend off with 11 picks, including No. 8 overall. But after a pair of trades in the first round, the Ravens got quarterback Joe Flacco and additional picks. They traded back in the second round and still wound up with running back Ray Rice. And they sent a fourth-round pick to Oakland for cornerback Fabian Washington. The Ravens ended up drafting 10 players this year, including inside linebacker Tavares Gooden, safeties Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura and offensive tackle Oniel Cousins. Five years later, though, only Flacco and Rice remain on the team's roster.