For the past three years, the Ravens have made at least one trade in the first round. NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock thinks the Ravens will continue that streak in next week's draft.
The Ravens currently have the 26th overall pick.
"I still think they're a logical trade-down candidate," Mayock said during Wednesday's conference call with reporters. "They're hoping to get two picks in the second round. I think the vertical receiver and the rush guy are the two they'd love to get."
Mayock thinks Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith would fit with the Ravens, but he's unsure whether he'll be there at the bottom of the first round and whether the Ravens would select him. According to Mayock, he doesn't believe the Ravens are interested in Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward or Cal defensive end-linebacker Cameron Jordan. "They're looking for a pure pass rusher," Mayock said.
Mayock also wasn't high on UCLA's Akeem Ayers or Georgia's Justin Houston. He said it would be too early to take Arizona's Brooks Reed with the 26th overall pick.
"Baltimore is pretty good at moving around the board, especially when they can move down," Mayock said. "It wouldn't surprise me again if they were able to move down. However, the good news for them is that the defensive end-outside linebacker class is pretty deep this year. If they have to sit at 26, and if Jimmy Smith is off the board or they decide not to go that way, that defensive end-outside linebacker guy is an interesting guy. And keep in mind, Sergio Kindle is still an option."
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