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Joe Hortiz
Director Of College Scouting

Biography

Joe Hortiz is in his fifth year as the Ravens’ director of college scouting. He directs the Ravens’ college scouting process, coordinating the schedules and cross-checking duties of the area scouts. Hortiz also manages the team’s draft preparation and the evaluation and ranking process of hundreds of NFL draft-eligible prospects. Hortiz, who joined the organization in 1998, spent eight years as a scout for Baltimore, covering the Northeast and Southeast regions before becoming a national scout for three seasons (2006- 08). In 2007, Baltimore selected Auburn G Ben Grubbs (29th overall), who was scouted by the fellow Auburn alum Hortiz and became a Pro Bowler in 2011 with the Ravens. A graduate of the Ravens’ “20/20 Club,” (see below), Hortiz originally joined Baltimore as a personnel assistant in 1998.

Joe Hortiz is in his fifth year as the Ravens’ director of college scouting. He directs the Ravens’ college scouting process, coordinating the schedules and cross-checking duties of the area scouts. Hortiz also manages the team’s draft preparation and the evaluation and ranking process of hundreds of NFL draft-eligible prospects. Hortiz, who joined the organization in 1998, spent eight years as a scout for Baltimore, covering the Northeast and Southeast regions before becoming a national scout for three seasons (2006- 08). In 2007, Baltimore selected Auburn G Ben Grubbs (29th overall), who was scouted by the fellow Auburn alum Hortiz and became a Pro Bowler in 2011 with the Ravens. A graduate of the Ravens’ “20/20 Club,” (see below), Hortiz originally joined Baltimore as a personnel assistant in 1998.

1998-2013: (with Baltimore) 2013: Team selected Florida S Matt Elam (32nd overall) in the first round. 2012: Ravens drafted Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw (second round), Iowa State G Kelechi Osemele (second) and Temple RB Bernard Pierce (third), all of whom helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII. 2011: Selected CB Jimmy Smith (Colorado) and WR Torrey Smith (Maryland) in the first two rounds... Torrey set team rookie receiving records in catches (50), yards (841) and TDs (7). 2010: Ravens drafted key contributors TEs Ed Dickson (third round) and Dennis Pitta (fourth), DE Art Jones (fifth) plus WR/RS David Reed, who had the NFL’s longest KOR (103 yards), setting a then-franchise record in 2010. 2009: Promoted to director of college scouting after eight years as a college scout...In Hortiz’s first draft as head of college scouting, Baltimore selected All-Rookie team performer T Michael Oher (Mississippi) with the 23rd-overall selection and CB/RS Lardarius Webb (Nicholls State). 2008: Scouted players across the country, with a primary focus on the eastern half, where seven of 10 Ravens draft picks were selected in the ’08 NFL Draft...Was invited to introduce Grubbs at the Ravens Roost No. 7’s annual Extra Effort Award banquet in April. 2007: Team’s first-round draft pick Grubbs was selected from Joe’s focus area and attended his alma mater. 2006: Promoted to national scout...Was tasked with covering the eastern half of the country, including the Big East, Big Ten, MAC, ACC, SEC and Conference USA. 2003- 05: Served as Ravens Southeast area scout and covered the SEC, ACC and C-USA. 2001-02: Scouted the Northeast. 1998- 2000: Worked both with the pro and college scouting staffs as a football personnel  assistant...Responsibilities included assisting GM Ozzie Newsome and vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, who manages the salary cap, and performing “the box” workout at schools across the country for three spring seasons.

College/Personal: While earning his B.S. in accounting from Auburn, Joe was an undergraduate assistant coach for Terry Bowden and the Tigers’ football team from 1995-97...Worked with both the QBs and WRs and also coached the scout team LBs and secondary...Also coordinated Auburn’s summer football camps...Son of Joe and Marlene Hortiz, Joe attended Salesianum (Wilmington, DE) HS...He and his wife, Jennifer, have four sons, Joey (6), Jack (5), Jameson (2) and newborn Julian.