by Jason Butt
May 18, 02014
Terrance West was only a few picks away from becoming a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
At least that's the story he's telling. According to West, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Ravens told West he was going to be their selection at the 99th overall pick. But then the Browns swooped in via a trade with the 49ers and took the Towson power back at 94 overall, keeping the Ravens from adding a weapon to their backfield.
"They texted my agent and told him they were going to take me," West said. "The Browns came up before them and I'm here now. It's all about the Browns, man."
The Ravens had a chance earlier in the third round to take West, but decided to draft former Florida State safety Terrence Brooks with the 79th overall pick. It's of course unknown if the Ravens would have been able to get both West and Brooks if they would've pulled the trigger on West at 79.
But one thing to note is that after the Ravens took Brooks, no safety was taken in between then and Baltimore's next pick at 99. Another safety wasn't taken until the Rams selected Mo Alexander at the 110th overall pick. Brooks still could've gone in that span as there would be a decent drop-off in talent level between the two safeties.
Unable to get West, the Ravens took tight end Crockett Gillmore with the 99th overall pick.
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