OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens partner ubiquitous manager Eric DeCosta was asked what has been a biggest doctrine he’s schooled from ubiquitous manager Ozzie Newsome.
“Patience, probably,” DeCosta pronounced during Wednesday’s pre-draft news conference. “Just don’t panic.”
Newsome’s ease appearance will be put to a exam after this month.
The Ravens have unsuccessful to strech a playoffs in 3 of a past 4 seasons. They’ve comparison dual players in a past 8 drafts who done a Pro Bowl during their time in Baltimore. Their prolonged list of needs includes a playmaking far-reaching receiver, an bomb pass-rusher, a integrate of starters along a descent line, a earnest cornerback, a hard-hitting inside linebacker and maybe a big-play using back.
Newsome’s 22nd breeze is moulding adult to be his many critical, even yet a even-keeled preference builder refuses to acknowledge a clarity of urgency.
“I consider historically, for me — and it started behind when we played for [Alabama] manager [Bear] Bryant — we always feel like we can get better,” Newsome said. “Whether we were ‘so-called’ drafting unequivocally well, afterwards to me, we had to get better. Whether those final dual or 3 drafts have not been maybe equal to some of a other ones, to me, we have to get better. You always have to get better.”
If a Ravens wish to broach in this year’s draft, they have to retreat a startling trend.
The Ravens determined a bullion customary in a franchise’s initial 13 drafts. Their first-ever collect (offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden) was a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee, and dual others (linebacker Ray Lewis and reserve Ed Reed) are approaching to be a same. The Ravens drafted a towering sum of 16 Pro Bowl players.
Baltimore has unsuccessful to contend that same value in a past 8 drafts, when a usually homegrown players to strech a Pro Bowl with a group have been linebacker C.J. Mosley and fullback Kyle Juszczyk (although quarterback Joe Flacco has incited down invitations to a Pro Bowl in dual opposite years). Just dual of a 18 players drafted in 2012 and 2013 sojourn on a group (nose tackle Brandon Williams and descent lineman Ryan Jensen), and there have been 5 full-time starters among a 29 players comparison in a prior 3 drafts.
In 2013, Baltimore’s tip dual picks (safety Matt Elam and linebacker Arthur Brown) were busts and dual middle-round selections (Juszczyk and descent tackle Rick Wagner) became a highest-paid players during their positions for other teams.
“The routine in 1996 was a same as it was then, and it’s a same as it is today,” Newsome said. “We try to labour it. We put vigour on ourselves to get better, though to lay here and contend because that happened, we can’t pinpoint it.”
Part of a Ravens’ success early and struggles recently can be traced behind to breeze position. In those initial 13 drafts, Baltimore comparison in a tip half of a initial turn 8 times. In a prior 8 drafts, a Ravens have picked in a tip half only once.
That is because this is a pivotal breeze for Baltimore. After trade defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, a Ravens possess 4 of a initial 78 picks in this year’s draft. Only a Cleveland Browns have some-more (five).
Unlike Newsome, DeCosta concurred feeling a highlight of anticipating evident impact players.
“It is always daunting,” DeCosta said. “You feel a pressure. We wish to find good players.”