Ravens Hold Annual Pre-Draft Press Conference

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As the Ravens make their final preparations for the 19th draft in team history, General Manager Ozzie Newsome along with John Harbaugh, Assistant GM Eric DeCosta and Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz met with the media on Wednesday for their annual pre-draft press conference.

While little insight was given as to who the Ravens will covet in the 76th Annual NFL draft which begins on May 8, they did shed a little light on process and how they approach the draft.

For any NFL team the draft process is anything but easy and quick. For the Ravens, who do things a bit differently than many other NFL organizations, the process consists of 19 full-time members of the personnel department.

As the Ravens NFL Draft information guide points out, the team does not belong to the National Football Scouting group.

Instead the Ravens opt for a different approach. “We make our own list, and that means we look at all players on a college roster,” DeCosta stated in the guide.

“Baltimore’s personnel department includes six area scouts, two pro personnel evaluators, who focus on college talent and additional support staff to handle the load. We do a lot of cross-checking.”

The 2014 draft class could be deeper than any other draft in recent history. DeCosta, when asked how many players in the class the Ravens consider “draftable,” said, “Some years it’s 140 or 150; this year, 180.”

Of the 145 draft picks the Ravens have made since 1996, the school with the most Ravens selections has been Oklahoma (7), followed by the University of Miami (6) and Alabama (6). The Ravens, as history proves, also believe in talent from smaller schools.

“We believe in it,” DeCosta stated when asked about whether the Ravens looked at smaller schools again this year.

While the cat and mouse game was in full tilt today, the insight provided as to the reaches the Ravens take to achieve a successful draft class were certainly informative.

And with the 17th overall pick, the Ravens select…????

 

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3 Raves on “Ravens Hold Annual Pre-Draft Press Conference

  1. Cheri on said:

    M.Lee or TBJ :) But really Eric is starting to scare me a little with all the talk about how deep the draft is at WR. It makes me think that they are going to think they can just get a WR in the 5 or 6th round instead of addressing it early like they were suppose to before Steve Smith’s arrival. You know how these things work what looks like a deep position could get gobble up quickly and before you know it we are drafting another one of those a wing and a prayer guys like we been doing for several years now.

  2. Brian on said:

    Cheri, I agree with the “Deep” draft talk as well. That being said the team realizes Steve Smith isn’t the long term answer and imo, will grab one early. Thanks for the comment as always.

    • Cheri on said:

      Brian thanks for responding from your lips to God’s ears as they say I hope you are right. The NFL Network was talking about this the other day and they said something to the effect that the Patriots have not use a first on a WR since Terry Glenn and that was 1996 when BiLL Parcell’s refer to him as she.
      Turned out to be a good player who Bill grew fond of and took him to Dallas with him. As they were talking about that segment it just got me to thinking that at least the Ravens haven’t ignore it as much as the Pats but it still has not been addressed as much as some of us would like it to be.

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