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By Eric Edholm

Why does it always seem like the teams picking at the end of Round One always do very well for themselves every year?

"Because that's where the value of the draft is," one evaluator told me. "That's how it has been the last few years, and I think that's how it is after the top 3-4 picks this year. Once you get past those, there's not much dropoff (to the bottom of Round One)."

And that's exactly where the Ravens are picking, at No. 25.

They have been quiet, draft-wise, and I suspect they'll sit back and let the first 15-20 picks play out and see where they sit. Thereafter, they can figure out if they want to move up (like they did last year for Michael Oher or the year before with Joe Flacco) or move back a few spots (like they did in Round Two in 2008 to land Ray Rice 17 picks below where they originally were slotted). Or perhaps they can stay put at 25 and still get a great player.

It's the magic of Ozzie Newsome on draft weekend. Few are better this time of year.

If they choose to hang at 25, the choices could be fruitful.

If a receiver falls, they could land either Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas.

If Jermaine Gresham falls to them, the Ravens might pounce.

What about a guard/center type? I am guessing Maurkice Pouncey will be gone, but you never know.

Whomever the Ravens target in this draft, I immediately will like them more tommorow than I do today. I think they'll come out of this draft with an immediate impact player in Round One and a great sleeper in the middle rounds who plays a lot as a rookie.

It's the way the Ravens always seem to do business. I expect nothing different this time around.

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