In 2010, the Ravens traded out of the first round and then selected linebacker Sergio Kindle and nose tackle Terrence Cody in the second round. The year before, they moved up three spots to grab the top offensive tackle left on their board, Michael Oher. In 2008, the Ravens, who started the draft with the eighth overall pick, traded down, then later moved back up to land quarterback Joe Flacco.

But what might have been Newsome's finest first-round swap came when he traded a sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in 2006 to move up one spot -- No.13 to No. 12 -- to draft Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The Browns were so close to selecting Ngata, they called to tell him that barring a trade, they were taking him. Moments later, the Ravens were on his line.

That trade obviously turned out to be a very good one," Billick said. "We only moved up one spot. [Former Ravens director of college scouting] Phil Savage played it very intelligently. We felt like we did what we had to do to go covet that player, and Ozzie was positioned to do it."

Will the Ravens get the itch as the first round is winding down this year? Billick said a trade "could very well happen," though he thinks it's more likely that Newsome will try to trade down.

"He may feel like there's a guy that they can get in the second round by falling back that they would otherwise take in the late first round," Billick said. "Ozzie has been brilliant with that."

matt.vensel@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

NFL Draft

When: Thursday April 26, 8 p.m. (Round 1); Friday April 27, 7 p.m. (Rounds 2-3); Saturday April 28 noon (Rounds 4-7)

TV: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2

Ravens picks: First round (No. 29); second round (No. 60); third round (No. 91); fourth round (No. 130, compensatory pick); fifth round (Nos. 155 and 160, compensatory pick); sixth round (No. 186); seventh round (No. 218).