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More on the Ravens and small-school NFL prospects

More on the Ravens and small-school NFL prospects

For the first time in a decade, the Ravens last weekend drafted three players from college football programs that were below the Division I FBS (formerly I-A) level. As Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta put it, the Ravens “had to manufacture some runs this year” because the team’s draft board was similar to those of the NFL’s 31 other teams and 147 of their top 150 players were selected. But Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome also said the team’s selection of Delaware center/guard Gino Gradkowski, South Carolina State safety Christian Thompson and Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson was reflective of the organization placing more of an emphasis...

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