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Forget the draft value chart

Given the urgency of teams at the top of the draft to trade back, you can probably toss the draft value chart today. Ravens director of personnel Eric DeCosta said this morning the Ravens don't follow the chart, but use one of their own as a guideline.

For instance, last year when the Ravens wanted to trade out of the 8th spot to get Joe Flacco, they accepted less from the Jaguars than the chart indicated. DeCosta said it's the difference in genuinely wanting to make a trade or trying to follow an accountant-like process that may not work in your best interest.

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In other words, if you really want to trade out, get the best deal you can and ignore the chart rather than take a player you really don't want. Now that the Lions have a contract with QB Matt Stafford, eight of the next nine teams are willing to trade out of their position.

It could get interesting as early as the fifth pick. That belongs to the Browns. Down the line, at No. 17, the Jets are exploring the idea of trading up to get QB Mark Sanchez. The lines of communication should be open because George Kokinis, the GM of the Browns, and Rex Ryan, coach of the Jets, are pretty familiar with each other from their days with the Ravens.

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In that event, the Jets aren't going to give the value the chart suggests, and the Browns probably aren't going to ask for it.


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