Technical difficulties caused us to lose connection with the chat just as Ozzie Newsome arrived – alone – to address the media. John Harbaugh did not accompany him because there was no player to discuss.
Newsome acknowledged that many had predicted the Ravens would move back in the draft. People in our chat, in fact, were fairly sure of it.
“We had a couple of teams call us and we had several players that we liked that are still available for us tomorrow,” he said. “To be able to pick up that 98th pick from Minnesota, we think that’s just going to be another good player.”
But Newsome also left open the possibility of using that fourth-round pick as trade bait to move up and get another player Friday night in the second or third rounds.
“When you watch the board come off like it did today,” he said, “to have the ability to go back and acquire another player and still get a player that you probably would have picked at your pick is good business for us.”
After telling the team’s website that he had narrowed his focus to nine players, Newsome would not divulge how many of them were left by the time the Ravens 29th pick came up. But there was at least one.
“Like I said, we have some guys that if we were stuck at 29, we could have picked,” he said. “And one of those guys is still available and could be available at that 35th pick.”
During his very brief remarks, Newsome also praised the Patriots and their coach, Bill Belichick, for making moves to get Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones – Ravens defensive lineman Arthur Jones’ brother – and Dont’a Hightower, the linebacker out of Alabama.
“One thing about Bill, all year long, people talked about how bad their defense was,” he said. “Bill is a defensive coordinator at heart and he got really good in the front seven with Chandler Jones and Hightower today.”