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Eric DeCosta

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Eric DeCosta has been a part of the Ravens organization since the beginning. A graduate of the Ravens’ “20/20 Club” (includes members of the team’s personnel staff who started with the Ravens as young assistants and grew into evaluators with more input), DeCosta joined the franchise in an entry-level position in 1996. He moved up the personnel ranks, first as an area scout, then as director of college scouting (six years) and director of player personnel (three years) before his most recent promotion to assistant general manager (2012). DeCosta assists GM Ozzie Newsome in overseeing both the college scouting and pro personnel departments. The Taunton, MA, native was honored in 2005 by The Sporting News as one of the top young stars in sports and was selected to both the 2008 Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Magazine “40 Under 40” group. He also served on the eight-member committee to interview and select Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in 2008.

During DeCosta’s tenure as scouting director, the Ravens drafted Pro Bowlers OLB Terrell Suggs (’03), DT Haloti Ngata (’06), G Ben Grubbs (’07), FB Le’Ron McClain (’07), G Marshal Yanda (‘07) and RB Ray Rice (‘08) and a number of other key contributors, including OLB Jarret Johnson (’03), C Jason Brown (’05) and Super Bowl XLVII MVP QB Joe Flacco (’08).

Eric DeCosta has been a part of the Ravens organization since the beginning. A graduate of the Ravens’ “20/20 Club” (includes members of the team’s personnel staff who started with the Ravens as young assistants and grew into evaluators with more input), DeCosta joined the franchise in an entry-level position in 1996. He moved up the personnel ranks, first as an area scout, then as director of college scouting (six years) and director of player personnel (three years) before his most recent promotion to assistant general manager (2012). DeCosta assists GM Ozzie Newsome in overseeing both the college scouting and pro personnel departments. The Taunton, MA, native was honored in 2005 by The Sporting News as one of the top young stars in sports and was selected to both the 2008 Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Magazine “40 Under 40” group. He also served on the eight-member committee to interview and select Ravens head coach John Harbaugh in 2008.

During DeCosta’s tenure as scouting director, the Ravens drafted Pro Bowlers OLB Terrell Suggs (’03), DT Haloti Ngata (’06), G Ben Grubbs (’07), FB Le’Ron McClain (’07), G Marshal Yanda (‘07) and RB Ray Rice (‘08) and a number of other key contributors, including OLB Jarret Johnson (’03), C Jason Brown (’05) and Super Bowl XLVII MVP QB Joe Flacco (’08).

1996-2013: (with Baltimore) 2013: Ravens signed three-time Pro Bowl OLB Elvis Dumervil, D-linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears, and S Michael Huff as key free agents...In the draft, team’s top two selections were S Matt Elam (first round, 32nd overall) and LB Arthur Brown (second round, 56th overall). 2012: Promoted to assistant general manager following the NFL Draft...Strong moves both in free agency and the draft helped Baltimore win Super Bowl XLVII: free agent WR/RS Jacoby Jones, who earned his first Pro Bowl, rookie free agent K Justin Tucker, who went 30-of- 33 on FGAs, and draft picks OLB Courtney Upshaw (second round), G Kelechi Osemele (second round) and RB Bernard Pierce (third round) each made significant contributions en route to the title. 2011: Baltimore signed key free agents FB Vonta Leach, who earned two Pro Bowls with the Ravens (2011-12), and S Bernard Pollard, who started 26 games in two seasons (2011-12)...Team selected CB Jimmy Smith (Colorado) in the first round and standout WR Torrey Smith (Maryland) in the second round. 2010: Ravens traded for Pro Bowl WR Anquan Boldin, added quality veteran free agent DE Cory Redding and strengthened team depth, including TEs Ed Dickson (third round) from Oregon and BYU’s Dennis Pitta (fourth round) through the draft. 2009: Promoted to director of player personnel, following six successful seasons as scouting director...Ravens drafted All-Rookie team honoree Ole Miss T Michael Oher (first round) and picked up CB Lardarius Webb (Nicholls State) in the third round of the draft...Also signed free agent K Billy Cundiff, who earned his first Pro Bowl in 2010. 2008: Led the Ravens during the NFL Draft, selecting Delaware QB Joe Flacco (18th overall), the Super Bowl XLVII MVP, and Rutgers RB Ray Rice, a three time Pro Bowler. 2007: Ravens drafted 2011 Pro Bowl G Ben Grubbs (Auburn), the team’s first-round pick (29th overall), and two-time Pro Bowl G Marshal Yanda (Iowa) in the third round. 2006: Drafted All-Rookie Team standouts DT Haloti Ngata (12th overall), a four-time Pro Bowler, and S Dawan Landry (fifth round)...Baltimore also selected top-notch P Sam Koch (sixth round) out of Nebraska. 2005: Selected All-Rookie Team honoree WR Mark Clayton (22nd overall) from Oklahoma, who had a record-breaking first year in Baltimore, and UNC C/G Jason Brown (fourth round). 2003: Was named director of college scouting...Drafted 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 2003 Defensive Rookie of the Year OLB Terrell Suggs. 1998-2002: Was the Ravens’ Midwest area scout...Spent time researching and analyzing draft-day trades and helped evaluate free agent prospects for the pro personnel department...Worked with both the college and pro scouting staffs on the draft and free agency. 1998: Was promoted to area scout after spending time in the fall of 1997 scouting the Midwest.

1995: (with Washington) Earliest NFL experience came with a training camp internship in the Redskins’ player personnel department.

1993-95: (with Trinity College) 1994-95: In a graduate fellowship, Eric coached the defensive line and linebackers while earning his master’s degree in English. 1993: Was an intern coach for Trinity’s wide receivers.

College: Earned degrees in English and the classics from Colby, receiving dean’s list honors (1990-92)...Was a three year football letterman and captain at LB...As a senior, he was selected as the Millett Award recipient for outstanding athletic contributions over his four years.

Personal: Attended Taunton (MA) HS, where he played FB and LB, earned three varsity letters, and as a senior, was voted team captain...Is active with a number of charities, including the Sports Boosters of Maryland and the Boys and Girls Club...Has assisted with countless fundraisers and other charitable events for those organizations...DeCosta also serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland SPCA...In the Spring of 2013, Eric was a celebrity judge at the charity’s annual fundraiser, the March for the Animals, which raised over $350,000 for animals in need...Each of the last four years, Eric has been asked by the Ravens All Community Team Foundation to review scholarship applications and interview high school candidates for the Ravens Scholars program…The initiative, which was created in 2010, awards a $5,000 renewable scholarship (up to $20,000 per scholar) to five local high school students each year...Eric and his wife, Lacie, are actively involved with The Family Tree, a nonprofit organization in Maryland dedicated to preventing child abuse and providing families with solutions...The couple also supports the Irvine Nature Center, an environmental education center...Eric, Lacie, their daughter, Jane Elizabeth (10), and two sons, Michael Litz (6) and Jackson James (2), reside in Baltimore.