It was no secret that the Ravens considered drafting former Towson star running back Terrance West. They had him graded as a third-round pick and thought about taking him with their second selection in the third round of the draft earlier this month.
However, the Browns traded with the San Francisco 49ers to move ahead of the Ravens and select West with the 84th overall pick.
The Ravens wound up with Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore in the third round and then selected Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro in the fourth round. Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Taliaferro for his work at a rookie minicamp Saturday.
West related what transpired in the draft during the Browns' rookie minicamp Saturday.
"They texted my agent and told him they were going to take me," West told Cleveland reporters about the Ravens. "The Browns came up before them, and I'm here now. It's all about the Browns, man."
West told The Baltimore Sun a few hours after being drafted that he didn't know the Browns were picking him when he got the call because he was unaware of the trade with the 49ers.
"I wasn't sure where I was going, but it was a shocker when I got a call," West said. I thought it was a prank call because the 49ers were on the clock and I saw an Ohio number on my phone. It was the Browns general manager [Ray Farmer] on the phone, and he said, 'Are you ready to go?' It was amazing."
West rushed for 2,509 yards and 42 touchdowns last season and finished his career with a school-record 4,854 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged during the draft that West, who met with the Ravens during the NFL scouting combine and attended their local prospects day, was under consideration.
"We liked Terrance," Newsome said. "He was a guy that we had as a draftable player. Now, we'll just be playing against him twice a year."firstname.lastname@example.org