2010 NFL Draft: How Ed Reed Could Affect Oakland’s Draft Day

April 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Currently, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has been contemplating retirement due to neck injuries over the past few years.
At the same time, the Ravens have a window of opportunity to replace Reed with a rookie that could be just as good, if not better.
That rookie is Tennessee safety Eric Berry. He is likely to be selected in the top 10 of next Thursday's NFL Draft.
Here's the catch. The Ravens likely won't move until the day of the draft in order to see if Berry is still available, rather than trade up beforehand and thus reveal its hand.
The Ravens have the opportunity to trade into the top 10 because they have a blue chip in order to move up, and that blue chip is left tackle Jared Gaither.
Gaither has been a restricted free agent and there is some question about whether Gaither is being shopped by Baltimore. But with last year's first-round pick, Michael Oher, in the wings to replace Gaither at left tackle, I'll bet that Gaither is on the way out.
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