Like most NFL teams, the Super Bowl champions have a small contingent inside their war room for the draft.
This is the primary room for draft operations, equipped with several telephones, a board room and, of course, the draft board ranking the respective prospects. It has been described as a calm, relatively quiet atmosphere.
General manager Ozzie Newsome, who has drafted 17 Pro Bowl selections since the Ravens' inaugural draft in 1996 during which he selected future Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and inside linebacker Ray Lewis, runs the draft.
He has final-say authority but relies heavily on the opinions and advice of the personnel department, coaches and advice of owner Steve Bisciotti and others in the organization.
Among those in the room besides Newsome are: Bisciotti, coach John Harbaugh, team president Dick Cass, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, director of college scouting Joe Hortiz, vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, director of pro personnel Vince Newsome, assistant director of pro personnel Chad Alexander, national scout Joe Douglas and senior personnel assistant George Kokinis.
The Ravens also have their coordinators, Jim Caldwell (offense), Dean Pees (defense) and Jerry Rosburg (special teams) on hand, as well as senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne. Several scouts and coaches are in the building, as well, and may be brought in to discuss a particular player they're familiar with.
"I think in the end that everybody that has an opportunity to look at a player, whether it's a scout, coach, even sometimes our trainers, they get a chance to have some interaction with the players, get the opportunity to give their input," Ozzie Newsome said. "And their input is really valuable and through the whole process, Eric, Joe and I, we try to gather as much information as we can, and then we let the information drive our decisions."
The Ravens have stationed player personnel assistants Kenny Sanders and Eddie Healy in New York at Radio City Music Hall to turn in the picks communicated to them from team headquarters.
Moriarty is the Ravens' point man for trade discussions with other teams.
For the past decade, the Ravens have made at least one trade per draft.
"The phone lines are open, and I think we do a good job," DeCosta said. "Pat Moriarty handles all the trades for us. He does an awesome job, and I think we're in good shape."
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