By Jeff Zrebiec
The Baltimore Sun
8:38 AM EST, February 19, 2014
The Ravens suffered their first loss in 2014, though this one certainly won’t be keeping team executives and coaches up at night.
After losing a coin flip this morning with the Dallas Cowboys, the Ravens will have the 17th overall pick in the first round of May’s draft. The Cowboys will draft 16th.
The coin flip, which took place at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, was necessary because the Ravens and Cowboys both finished the 2013 season with 8-8 records and had the same opponents winning percentage of .484. When those two numbers are identical, the NFL uses a coin flip to decide the draft order.
If the Ravens draft in that spot and don’t trade the pick, it will mark their earliest selection in the first round since they took defensive lineman Haloti Ngata with the 12th overall pick in the 2006 draft. They did originally have the eighth pick in the 2008 draft but traded it to the Jacksonville Jaguars for four total picks and eventually made their first selection at 18th overall, taking quarterback Joe Flacco.
Last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected at No. 17 and took Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who had a disappointing rookie season. The talent pool in this year draft is billed to be much deeper than last year.
The three-day draft will start with the first round on May 10. The Ravens currently have only four selections after trading a fourth and fifth-round pick to the Jaguars for offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and a seventh-round selection to the Indianapolis Colts for guard-center A.Q. Shipley. However, they are expected to be awarded as many as four compensatory picks at next month’s owner’s meetings because of their numerous free agent losses last offseason, which would bring their total to eight.
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