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Ravens trade out of first round of NFL Draft

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For the second time in three years, the Baltimore Ravens traded out of the first round of the NFL Draft.

When the Ravens went on the clock with the 29th pick of the draft on Thursday night, they pulled off a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, giving up the 29th pick for Minnesota’s second-round pick (35th overall), and the Vikings’ fourth-round pick (98th overall).

Despite trading the pick, the Ravens can still get one of the players they had targeted in the first round. That list includes Alabama All-American hybrid pass rusher Courtney Upshaw, Wisconsin center Peter Konz and Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill.

The Ravens traded out of the first round in a last minute move in 2010, getting three picks from the Denver Broncos in return. That year, the Ravens made Sergio Kindle their top pick, selecting him 43rd overall.

When the draft resumes Friday night, the Ravens will have two second-round picks (35th overall and 60th overall), and one pick in the third round (91st overall).

While the Ravens didn’t get better Thursday night, there are still plenty of moves to be made Friday night before we can start grading how the Ravens faired in the 2012 draft.