The Ravens have a need at quarterback, but that doesn't mean they'll mortgage the franchise to trade up and possibly get Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan. If the cost is reasonable, GM Ozzie Newsome will do it, but Newsome doesn't like to give up a lot of picks.

The Ravens have painted a lot of scenarios for the first seven picks, and one of them has the Ravens obtaining Virginia defensive end Chris Long.

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How can that happen? How can Long fall to the Ravens?

To get Long, the Ravens project Miami taking Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long No. 1 overall, which is already a done deal. The Rams take LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey at No. 2, followed by Atlanta selecting Ryan at No. 3. Oakland takes Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston at No. 4, the Chiefs select Boise State offensive tackle Ryan Clady at No. 5 and the Jets pick Arkansas running back Darren McFadden at 6. The Patriots, at No. 7, like Chris Long, but the Ravens might swap the position to take him, giving up a mid-round draft pick. Patriots coach Bill Belichick likes to stockpile draft choices, so the Ravens believe he would be willing to do a deal.

If the Ravens get Long, they have great bookends with Long on one side, and Terrell Suggs on the other. Overall, there is strong speculation that the draft has only six to seven elite players, and Long fits into that category.

What about a quarterback?

Everybody expects a run on them in the second round. A couple of weeks ago, the Ravens had Michigan's Chad Henne rated above Delaware's Joe Flacco and Louisville's Brian Brohm. That may have changed, but the Ravens will still come away from the draft with a quarterback.

If there is a run on quarterbacks late in the first round, the Ravens might be forced to make a move earlier than expected.

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