Carroll County Times

Notebook: Ravens have received calls from teams looking to trade up in draft

OWINGS MILLS - As always, the Baltimore Ravens will be receptive to opportunities to move back in the NFL draft and acquire more picks in later rounds, and general manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday that the Ravens have already received phone calls from teams interested in trading up to acquire the No. 17 overall pick from Baltimore.

"We'll be prepared to pick at 17," Newsome said. "But also, we'll be entertaining trades to be able to move back if we want to."

The Ravens traded their first-round pick for more picks in both 2010 and 2012.

"Well, we love picks," Baltimore assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. "We've said that a bunch. But I think it just depends on the trade itself, who's available and what we can get. ... It just depends on the board. It depends on the amount you can get. And it's really who's available."

OFF THE BOARD: Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin is likely among the players the Ravens would consider taking with their top pick in the NFL draft next week.

However, DeCosta thinks Martin and the other top three tackle prospects - Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan - will all be taken before Baltimore picks at No. 17.

"Most likely all four of those guys are going to be gone before we pick," DeCosta said.

NEAR DEAL: Newsome acknowledged Wednesday that the Ravens attempted to trade up in the 2007 NFL draft in order to acquire quarterback Brady Quinn, who had fallen to the No. 22 overall pick.

Newsome contacted Quinn's agent. He also talked to Quinn. However, Newsome wasn't willing to give up what the Dallas Cowboys wanted in exchange for that pick.

Ultimately, former Ravens executive Phil Savage and the Cleveland Browns completed a trade to acquire that pick, and they selected Quinn.

Quinn started just 12 games in three seasons with the Browns before he was traded for a sixth-round pick following the 2009 season.

Meanwhile, Baltimore selected quarterback Joe Flacco in 2008. He has since led the Ravens to the playoffs five of the last six seasons, including to a Super Bowl title in 2012.

QUICK HITS: Baltimore director of college Joe Hortiz said he thinks Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel will be selected somewhere in the top-8 picks of the draft. He referred to Manziel as "a blast to watch." ... DeCosta said there are 180 players in this draft class that the Ravens view as draftable. Most years, Baltimore has in the range of 140-150.