Ravens Draft Board is Finalized

After months of scouting, the Ravens list of 150 draftable players was completed Friday.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, April 15th, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Categories: 2011 NFL Draft, Mike Duffy

It took months of dogged travel, phone calls and film study, but the Ravens have finalized the list of 150 prospects that should yield their 2011 draft class.
 
The Ravens held the last batch of draft meetings this week, with coaches joining the personnel department to offer whatever last-minute information they had on prospects, and the “Big Board” was stacked.
 
With the actual draft two weeks away, there may be small changes, but no massive shift in evaluation.
 
“There will be slight movement over the next week, but the more dramatic movement happens in the meetings,” said Ravens Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz.  “When we come back to get ready for the draft with our final meetings, it’s more like, ‘Two guys are together, so let’s flip them.’
 
“Maybe a couple of guys got one more look at a player.  It’s more about taking in the whole room with everyone who’s seen them, and Ozzie [Newsome, General Manager] or Eric [DeCosta, Director of Player Personnel] might say, ‘Hey, I feel better about this guy being above this guy.’
 
The draft board could be compared to an amoeba, with Newsome, DeCosta, Hortiz, Senior Personnel Assistant George Kokinis and the scouts leading the charge.  More recently, Director of Pro Personnel Vincent Newsome and Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Chad Alexander were brought into the mix.
 
The assistant coaches also have players at their respective position to report on throughout the offseason.
 
“We got back in there and brought the coaches in with their evaluations,” said Hortiz.  “The guys who cross-check by position do all the players they haven’t done.   So, we’re getting a few looks at the guys, and that really establishes the board.
 
“When we leave the meetings, it’s pretty set.”
 
Hortiz said he expects the Ravens to be able to tab all nine of their draft picks out of the 150-man master chart.
 
“We like to come up with our list of 150.  There are guys beyond that, but we like to draft from our 150,” said Hortiz.

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