The Ravens kicked off their 2012 draft by trading out of the 29th overall pick and the first round altogether. Their first selection came with the 3rd pick of the 2nd round, and they selected Courtney Upshaw, a guy that some analysts had going in the top 10 earlier in the postseason, but Upshaw slid down the board in recent weeks.
Eric DeCosta, the Ravens' director of player personnel, tends to make baseball analogies to explain how the Ravens' draft went. After this year's draft, he pulled out one of baseball's greatest cliches.
"I think we probably had to manufacture some runs this year. We had some players that we liked and they got picked, and we had to get creative quickly on the fly."
Whenever a team trades out of the first round altogether, you already know that their draft day strategy didn't work as that team may have envisioned it. Sometimes "plan A" doesn't pan out, and you have to adapt to the changing dynamic of the draft, and that's exactly what DeCosta and Ravens G...