Draft strategy remains the same

Draft strategy remains the same
April 17, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Ravens' roster moves just part of the plan

As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

That's probably the best way to describe how the Ravens go about things on draft day. GM Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens have been doing it well for a long time, and that draft success is a big reason why the team's now won two Super Bowls. The Ravens are able to keep re-loading their roster on a regular basis, and they'll try to do it again next week.

That success in the draft is why there hasn't been much of a drop-off from year to year. The Ravens keep finding good players, something assistant GM Eric DeCosta addressed when talking to the media at a pre-draft press conference this week.

"You can ask questions about are we going to draft this position, are we going to draft that position," DeCosta said. "[But] it really just comes down to watching the tape, ranking the guys and just drafting the best player when he’s on the clock. And we say it every year: We’re going to draft the best player."

That's what the Ravens have done for so long. They picked Jonathan Ogden in 1996 with the first pick even though they already had a good left tackle in Tony Jones. Ogden played guard for a year and then took over at left tackle. They did the same thing with Todd Heap after the 2000 Super Bowl -- even though Shannon Sharpe was already in the house. Heap took the spot a year after that. 

They just want to get the best player they can -- whoever that may be and wherever they may play.

"If that’s a tight end in the first round, we’re going to draft a tight end in the first round," DeCosta said. "If it’s a defensive tackle or corner or safety … There are players at every single position that we like in this draft, so it just comes down to where they get picked, who’s available, do we have a trade option and what are we going to do.”