Ozzie Newsome Opening Statement: “Interesting day. We started out with eight picks in the rounds that we had left for the remainder of the draft. [We] got the opportunity to make some trades and were able to acquire two more picks. [We] can have a lot of fun in the fourth round tomorrow, as we have five picks. I don’t know if any team – I guess some of you historians can check – has any team ever had that many picks in one round? If not, we’re going to try to deal with that. It was exciting to do that, and it was even more exciting when we drafted ‘K.C.’ [Kamalei Correa]. I’m not going to butcher the name. These other guys have been practicing, (laughter) but when we interviewed him at the Combine, he said, ‘Just call me “KC.”’ And that’s what I’m going to call him. With he and Bronson [Kaufusi] both, we have some guys with big-time motors that play the game the way we like for it to be played on the defensive side of the ball. K.C. is a guy that can hold the edge but also can give us some pass rush. Also, as our defense evolves this year, he’s also a guy that can stack without having to run from one side to the other, as John [ Harbaugh ] and Dean [Pees] are changing the defense. Kaufusi is a guy … We don’t know how big he’s going to get at this point. He can play two or three different spots for us also. We think we really helped the defense and we really helped our football team by making all of the trades.” Eric DeCosta Opening Statement: “We targeted big, smart, tough, physical and versatile guys this year on defense, and guys that can do a lot of different things. We think both K.C. and Bronson can line up at multiple spots. They have multiple skill sets; they do a lot of different things pretty well. Both guys are very, very smart and they’re great kids. We’re 3-for-3 right now, in that we’ve drafted three ‘red star’ players. It’s not by design. We’ve never done that before, but it just fell that way. We got players that our coaches and scouts like. It’s a great start to our big day tomorrow.” John Harbaugh Opening Statement: “Just to echo, I think you’ll find out that these guys are the hardest working guys on those two teams. Just watch the clips. They fly around; they make plays all over the field. They’re our kind of guys.” Joe Hortiz Opening Statement: “Nothing really to add. I am just excited to have both of these guys come join this club.” With all of the maneuvering going on, was it a question of acquiring more picks, which you always like, or getting more value? Or were a couple of guys you coveted taken off the board sooner than you thought they would be? (Joe Platania) (NEWSOME) “No. To be honest, the guys that we started out the day [with] that we wanted to pick, the majority of the – all but one – were still on the board when we made the trades. That leads you to make trades. First, we only went back two spots, and then we went back maybe six or eight spots, because you can acquire a pick and still be able to get the one or two players that you had pegged at the beginning, so that’s why we did it.” Ozzie, with all of these picks tomorrow, did you try to work to get back in the second or third round today? Or are you comfortable where you are? (Jeff Zrebiec) (NEWSOME) “No, we tried to get back into the bottom of the second round. We did, and were not able to do it. Just like last night – last night I told you guys that we may not try – we did try to get back into the first round. So, there is an opportunity with all of the picks that we could get back into the third round, probably not, but we never know if the opportunity [will] present itself.” Eric, a few weeks ago you said you thought the fourth round might make or break the draft. Do you feel that way even more with five picks now instead of four? (Cliff Brown) (DeCOSTA) “The pressure is on. We still have a lot of needs and a lot of really good players out there. We have a lot of guys that we’re going to target. After this, we’ll go upstairs and restack the board and change it a little bit based on some of the guys we drafted. It’s a great opportunity for this team to get better and for our coaches and scouts working together to find five really good guys in the fourth round, and then the two guys in the sixth round. We may get some more picks at some point; we have the fifth-rounder, too. We’ve got a bunch of opportunities, and we’re in a trading mood this year. We may just decide to trade all of our picks this year into next year and have 24 picks next year. (laughter) We’ll see how it all shakes out.” Ozzie, to clarify, after you traded down twice in the second round, did you consider trading down again? (Jerry Coleman) (NEWSOME) “We had some opportunities, but it was nothing enticing. Where we had a chance to go back was a little bit further than where we really wanted to go. We were just moving back in small increments, I guess you could say. That last offer was a little bit further than we wanted. But, once we made the pick with [Kamalei Correa] and accumulated all of those picks, we did try to come back into the bottom of the second round.” John, you guys use a defensive line rotation. How do you see those two pieces fitting in? (Jeff Zrebiec) ( HARBAUGH ) “I can see why there is a lot of talk, because there is a lot off versatility with those guys. We’re a multiple defense. We play what we call ‘under,’ we play ‘over,’ we play a form off ‘odd,’ and we play various nickel fronts. We’ve got two really versatile players. Kamalei [Correa] can play both outside ’backer positions. He can also line up on the edge and rush. We can also move him around in our odd package, what we call the ‘X position,’ a little bit of what Courtney [Upshaw] did rushing inside, and what Pernell [McPhee] did. What’s interesting about Bronson [Kaufusi] is that you can do the same things with him, except he moves as a defensive end in the five-technique position in base. He can still stand up and move around and he can rush off the edge, too. And he has drop ability. He’s an outside ’backer that moves to five-technique and plays ‘X.’ Kamalei is an outside ’backer that can move back off the ball and play linebacker, and rush as an ‘X.’ [We have] lots of versatility with those two guys.” I know priority was to increase pressure on the quarterback. With these two picks, how much did you succeed in that goal? ( Jamison Hensley) ( HARBAUGH ) “Absolutely. Two major things that these two guys bring to the table … What you just mentioned, they both have pass rush ability. They both get sacks, they are both high-motor players and high-energy pass rushers. These two guys are going to run to the ball. These two guys are going to run to the ball 100 miles an hour every single play. That’s really important on defense.” Ozzie, Noah Spence probably didn’t have a “red star” next to his name, but he was there when the Ravens were at 36, and then you dropped back. Was there any thought about picking him or did his character issues factor in? (Kirk McEwen) (NEWSOME) “No. he was in play but, ‘K.C.’ [Kamalei Correa] was higher on our board than he was.” I have a similar question with Myles Jack. When you traded with the Jacksonville Jaguars and moved away from him, was he in play for you at that point? What were your thoughts with him, given his knee situation? (Ryan Mink) (NEWSOME) “There was a point between tonight and tomorrow that we would have taken Myles Jack. Other people just came up and got him before we did, before we thought we could get him.” John, Kamalei mentioned that there hadn’t been a lot of contact between him and the Ravens since the Combine, but said he had a good feel for the coaching staff. What do you remember about your interaction with him at Combine? (Bo Smolka) ( HARBAUGH ) “ That’s funny. (laughter) I think Joe Hortiz does the best Kamalei impression. Do you want to do it, Joe?” (laughter) (HORTIZ) “You guys will see it at some point.” ( HARBAUGH ) “When you meet him, you’ll see it. We didn’t need to talk too much. He was clean, physically. We knew what his character was. We had 15 minutes; that was all we needed to know. He was on the edge of his seat, looking you right in the eye and answering every question directly.” (DeCOSTA) “[His] leg was shaking the whole time.” (laughter) ( HARBAUGH ) “Yeah, his leg was shaking. (laughter) So, it didn’t take much to figure out that he was our kind of guy.” Eric, there are a lot of questions about cornerbacks. You guys haven’t taken one yet. Is that a reflection of you feeling you have a lot of depth at that position? Or, is it just how the board fell? (Jeff Zrebiec) (DeCOSTA) “Sometimes the board comes to you, and sometimes you chase the board. Today, the board came to us. It just happened to be the two best players when we picked were an outside linebacker and a defensive end. I think tomorrow there’s a lot of really good options at corner, and hopefully, we get the chance to get one. I think we will. You need a little luck sometimes, and it depends on the board, but there’s still a lot of good players available at that position and other positions. The challenge for us will be to find those guys, to know our threshold as to when we’re going to pick the guy, and to hopefully get him at that spot.” Eric, you got two guys with Ronnie Stanley and now Bronson [Kaufusi] that are multi-sport guys. They both played basketball and it was really big in their upbringing. Is that something that’s alluring to you? (Ryan Mink) (DeCOSTA) “That’s not something we really focus on. I just think it’s indicative of their athletic ability, their body control [and] the way they handle themselves. These are two big guys with really good feet, and I think basketball probably has something to do with that. They can bend their knees [and are] flexible guys with good ball skills and things like that. It’s good to get guys that play multiple sports, because their bodies are trained in a different way than a guy that’s just focused on one specific sport. It works out well for us.” Eric, you mentioned all three guys are “red star” guys. How big of a factor is that? (Garrett Downing) (DeCOSTA ) “What it really amounts to is it’s the players that the scouts really think are just awesome, on and off the field. They’re not necessarily always the best players, but they’re usually the very best kids – work ethic, demeanor, durability, character, practice habits, the way they carry themselves [and] running to the football in the fourth quarter. We try to draft as many of those guys as we can. We’ve been doing it since 1999. We started doing it [when] Ron Marciniak was one of our scouts – legendary scout – [who] came up with the term ‘red star players.’ Each scout had the ability to designate each player as a ‘red star player’ every year. We do it on the day before the draft. This year, as I said, the board has come to us, and we’ve been fortunate to get these guys, and we think they’re going to be good.” Who put the “red star” on Bronson Kaufusi? (Ryan Mink) (DeCOSTA) “I don’t know this for a fact, but it was probably one of West Coast scouts. Either David Blackburn or Lonnie Young, I just can’t remember. It’s been a long couple of days.” (laughter) Ozzie, how challenging is the fourth round going to be tomorrow? I think there’s one stretch spanning the fourth or fifth round where you guys have four picks in 16 slots. (Jeff Zrebiec (NEWSOME) “It’s going to be fun! Tonight, a lot of work is going to get done on the fourth round, and when whoever it is from the league office says the fourth round is getting ready to start, we’ll be ready. I will say, because we have all of those picks, our phone will be ringing again. Whether we’ll use all five picks? I don’t know. The opportunity to take some of those picks and throw it into 2017 could present itself.” What was the reaction in the draft room when a kicker was taken in the second round? (Jerry Coleman) (NEWSOME ) “We were trying to trade up at that point, so we were mostly concentrating on that. Jerry Rosburg did say that he would probably be the first kicker taken.” KAMALEI CORREA CONFERENCE CALL On how it feels to be drafted by the Ravens: “It’s so overwhelming. It’s something you can’t explain. It’s something you work hard for your whole life, and as soon as you see your name called on TV and then you get that call, your heart starts pumping. Your family starts going crazy, and it’s just a moment of excitement and a new journey I’m ready to start.” On if he had a sense the Ravens were interested in him before the draft: “I honestly had no clue.” On if the Ravens showed any interest in him: “I met with them at the Combine. I had a great feel for their coaching staff, and that was the last I heard from them. I was just looking forward to the draft, and now I’m a Raven. I can’t tell you guys how excited I am and how blessed I am for this opportunity. It’s crazy.” On if the pick was a complete shock because he assumed the Ravens weren’t interested: “It’s not that I thought they weren’t interested. I honestly had no clue where I was going, and I was just excited when I got that call.” On what kind of player he is: “I think they’re getting what they picked. They picked a guy who is a hard worker, who isn’t going to stop, is dedicated and will help them win a Super Bowl.” On how excited he is to learn from OLBs Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil : “I’m extremely excited. I’ve been watching these guys since I’ve been in middle school. I just can’t tell you guys how excited I am to work with them, and how excited I am to play for coach [ John ] Harbaugh and all of those coaches. It’s just an overwhelming experience. I am so lost for words right now.” On what Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh told him when they called: “At first, they just said, ‘You’re a Raven now,’ and, ‘We’re so happy to have you,’ and, ‘We can’t wait to see you,’ and, ‘We can’t wait to see what you do on defense for us.’” On how challenging it will be to transition to 3-4 outside linebacker : “I don’t see it too much as a challenge, and that’s just because of my work ethic. I’m going to keep working at something. And if I don’t get it, I’m going to keep trying. I know one day that I will be a great one. I am just going to keep working until I am.” On his main strengths and areas of improvement: “My main strength is my intensity and my edge. I always have an edge to go get the ball. I’m like a see-ball, get-ball player. There’s always room to work on your technique. I feel like I can always build on technique, but overall, I just play football.” On his impression of the Ravens organization: “I think they are a great organization. As soon as they got coach Harbaugh and Joe Flacco … I can go on for days. There is nothing bad to say about them, and I can’t say in words how excited I am to be playing for them.” On his favorite NFL team growing up: “I was always a Green Bay Packer fan, but since April 29, that has changed. (laughter) Now, I’m a Raven for the rest of my life.” BRONSON KAUFUSI CONFERENCE CALL On his emotions of getting drafted by the Ravens: “I’m so excited. I just can’t wait to get to work. I just can’t wait to get out there.” On what position he sees himself playing at the NFL level: “Defensive end.” On if he sees himself in multiple spots and if he can play outside linebacker: “I can play all over, multiple defensive fronts. I’ve played in the five-technique, the three-technique. For one year, my junior year, I played outside linebacker and was able to really learn the coverages and learned the game from that point of view, which I feel like really helped me going into my senior year where I played defensive end and outside linebacker. So, I feel like whatever they feel is the best, I feel like I can fit for them.” On what type of player the Ravens are getting in terms of his skill set: “They’re getting a player that is relentless every single play, a player that wants to make plays, not only for myself but also for my teammates and coaches. [I’m] a dedicated player, someone who wants to be the best and is willing to put in the time and sacrifice so that I can be at my best when my best is needed.” On what it means to him to be a part of the Baltimore defense: “I can’t wait to be a part of it. They have a great defense, great players, great coaches, and I just can’t wait to be out there and be a part of it.” On if he thinks he could maintain his quickness if he put on more weight: “I feel like I can maintain that quickness. I think with that weight comes more power and more explosiveness as I’m able to lift and just get bigger. So, I feel like I can definitely put on that weight and remain fast.” On how much he’s had a chance to watch the Ravens play: “Oh, yeah, I’ve watched Baltimore play. I watch them every NFL season.” On how much his basketball background has helped his movement skills: “I feel like basketball has been huge; it’s so much agility, footwork, quick, lateral movement. I feel like it definitely added to my game, being able to move for a big man. I think having played basketball has helped me to do that.” On there being a lot of athletes in his family and who the best athlete is: “Well, anyone you ask in my family, they’re all going to say that they are. (laughter) But me, I feel like I’m the best athlete. I’m always willing to play anyone at any game in the family, whenever they want. So, we’ll probably have to have some sort of playoff or something like that to see who the best athlete is.” (laughter) On if that includes soccer: “My older sister played in high school, my younger sister played in college, and my wife played in college. I grew up playing soccer as a young kid, so we can all play soccer. My dad had us out there running around playing soccer since we were just little kids.” On how much his dad has helped guide him after being a former NFL player himself and being his coach at BYU: “My dad was really good about, growing up, letting us try everything. I played all sports growing up, and then as I got into high school he started to become a bigger part of sports, especially football. Every time we’d be watching football games, he’d say, ‘Hey, hey, come over and watch this.’ And he’d rewind it, and I’d watch it. Progressively, as I went from high school to college, he then became my coach, so I remember him spending time with me, watching film, and I’d always ask him, ‘Hey, can we watch some extra film?’ He was always willing to answer questions when I had them. Anytime I had a question about scheme or defensive calls, he was there to answer it, whether it was at home [or elsewhere]. But he was always supportive and wanted me to be the best version of myself and reach my potential. And I feel like the best football is still ahead of me, and he feels the same way.” On if there is anyone in the NFL that he compares his game to: “Some of my favorite players I love watching … I like watching Julius Peppers, and I like watching J.J. Watt. Just how they play, they’re phenomenal players and they make a lot of plays and hustle. So, those are two players I watch a lot of film on.”
offensive coordinator marc trestman, offensive line coach juan castillo & T Ronnie Stanley Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman Opening Statement: “Good afternoon. I couldn’t be the guy more excited to be introducing the young man to my left, Ronnie Stanley, our first-round draft pick. You’re really going to like him. The City of Baltimore is really going to like him. He’s a young man of not only high character on the field, but high character off the field as well. You’re also going to like him because he’s got a great athletic skill set. He’s going to have the ability to take on the premier pass rushers in the National Football League, in time, and he’s going to have the ability to block the front side and the back side of our outside zone running game. I got a chance to meet Ronnie a couple of weeks ago in the building, and I found him to be an excellent communicator, highly intelligent and extremely motivated. I think he’s a guy who is going to come in here and he’s going to, over time, compete and have the opportunity to be our left tackle. Juan [Castillo] had a chance not only to get to know him in the building, but also to spend some time with him on campus. I’m going to turn it over to Juan to talk more about Ronnie. I just want to welcome him to the team.” Offensive Line Coach Juan Castillo Opening Statement: “I think the best thing is to start taking questions. I know you all are ready for some questions. Instead of us telling you about Ronnie, you guys can ask Ronnie directly.” “Ronnie, there is one thing rookies always talk about: The hardest thing to adjust to is the speed of the pro game. But one thing you’re praised for a lot is your footwork. Do you think that will help you adjust more quickly? (Joe Platania) (STANLEY) “I definitely think that will help me adjust, but like you said, I’m going against the best athletes in the world and you can’t take any day lightly. You’ve got to be at your best every time, and you’re going to get embarrassed if you don’t.” Ronnie, what have the last 18 hours or so been like for you and especially what has it been like to be in this building today? (Jeff Zrebiec) (STANLEY) “I’m just very excited and very appreciative. Just the flight over here was a really humbling experience. [I was] just reminiscing about all the hard work and sacrifices that were put in throughout my life and throughout my parents’ lives and everything that was given up for me to get to this point.” Ronnie, I read after you were picked that some people questioned your toughness and your passion for the game. I know you could have played PAC-12 hoops. Talk about your passion for the game and your toughness. (Kirk McEwen) (STANLEY) “I’m a very tough kid. I was raised that way. Growing up in my household, my dad is a military man, and I was disciplined from a very young age. Going through this process, visiting all these coaches, they get that sense, too, and they know how tough and passionate I am. I respect the game of football. I really appreciate it and know the values that it really builds character for each and every person that plays it.” Ronnie, when you hear criticism, is it hard not to take that personal when they question things like that? (Jamison Hensley) (STANLEY) “No, I don’t take it personally at all. I think you have to be tough-skinned to be in a business like this. You can’t really listen to anything that people say about you, especially when they don’t know you firsthand. “ Ronnie, when Ravens fans think of an early draft pick and a left tackle, of course, Jonathan Ogden is what comes to mind for them. That expectation would be unfair to have that put on you, but when you look at that and know that history, do you look and say that’s the benchmark? Is that what you want to be? (Pete Gilbert) (STANLEY) “Oh yeah, I definitely look at that and say that’s what I want to be. Jonathan Ogden has definitely set the bar, especially [with me] being a part of the same organization he was. He set the bar for the whole league. He’s a legend, a Hall of Famer and probably the best tackle to ever do it.” Who did you grow up watching? Who were some of your idols? And even now when you look at players in the game, who do you model yourself after? (Ryan Mink) (STANLEY) “Growing up, being from the West Coast, I definitely kept my eye on Tyron Smith. He’s definitely someone I try to model my game after.” Ronnie, you contemplated coming out last year and obviously went back. Do you feel that helped you or hurt you as far as not only your draft status, but going forward and actually getting the experience to help make the transition to the NFL? (Cliff Brown) (STANLEY) “I really do think it helped me a lot. I really thought I understood the game of football more – the concepts and really getting consistent with my fundamentals and technique, and trying to make everyone around me better. This year I was really growing up as a leader and helping my teammates around me, not just worrying about what I have to do. [I was] just trying to help everyone get their job done.” Ronnie, have they talked to you about the physicality that you’re coming into? Not only playing for the Ravens, but being involved in the division they are in, the AFC North? (Jerry Coleman) (CASTILLO) “I understand the physicality; they don’t have to tell me about it. It’s a physical sport, and this is at the highest level, and I’m expecting it to be as physical as possible.” Juan, when you look at the left tackles you’ve looked at over the years coming from college, how close or how Day-One ready is Ronnie Stanley from other guys you’ve seen over the years? (Brett Hollander) (CASTILLO) “Everybody is a little different. The thing about Ronnie is the nice thing is they [the Notre Dame offensive linemen] get in a three-point stance on first and second down, and then they’re in a two-point stance on third down, so he’s prepared that way. We’ll get in a three-point stance a lot. The thing with Ronnie is, Notre Dame has a big tradition – kind of like the Ravens do. They play hard. Anybody that comes out of Notre Dame is going to be tough. They’re going to be smart, and they’re going to be fundamentally sound. I think that’s what Ronnie is. What helps Ronnie is he’s got those long arms. You guys talk about the speed, well the thing that happens when you’ve got long arms like he does, it just makes it a little easier when he stays square to be able to use those hands. When you talk about toughness, I think anybody can talk a good game. What Ronnie wants to do is, come September, you guys will see what Ronnie is all about. I think that’s the bottom line.” Ronnie, there is always a lot of pressure that comes with being a first-round pick. How do handle that pressure and do you feel it? (Garrett Downing) (STANLEY) “I don’t really feel it. I definitely just come out and just work hard. That’s my whole plan is [to] come out and work hard every day and try to get better – never feel like I made it to a certain point or I’ve ever arrived. Just getting drafted, it’s a very exciting feeling. You’ve got to live in that moment, but it is just the beginning, and the hard work starts now.” Ronnie, your offensive line coach at Notre Dame, Harry Hiestand, is very close with John Harbaugh . What did he tell you about John, and what can you expect playing for him? (Luke Jones) (STANLEY) “ He told me he’s a hard coach, he wants to win, and he’s a competitor. That’s exactly how I am as a person, and I couldn’t be happier.” Juan, I understand you worked Ronnie out at a clinic at Notre Dame. Can you talk about that and what you’ve seen along the way? (Ryan Mink) (CASTILLO) “I met Ronnie two years ago. Harry [Hiestand] and I studied from the same coach, Joe Moore [longtime college offensive line coach] a long time ago. He was a legend at Notre Dame. I went out there to visit Harry and just talk ball. So, I was fortunate Harry let me go in the [offensive] line room and clinic the guys – just talk about ball. Harry left so that I wouldn’t try to put him down or anything, so it was really nice. I was probably in there for about 30 or 40 minutes, and we talked about fundamentals and techniques. That’s really the first time that I got to meet Ronnie. Then I worked him out this year. The thing that’s important [when] you talk about work ethic … I went down and usually, the way we try to do things here at the Ravens is we try to get individual workouts so we really get to know our guy. For Ronnie, his pro day was on Thursday, so his agent, who is here sitting right there in the corner, I told her that I didn’t want to do pro day and that I wanted to do individual workouts, and she said, ‘Is Sunday OK with you?’ ‘Well, yeah, Sunday is OK.’ To me, that just shows that here’s a Top 10 offensive lineman or a guy that’s going to get drafted early that doesn’t mind working on Sundays. You talk about passion … You try to sit in on a three-hour grind session and the whole time that we were there, talking ball for three hours, he was focused and ready to go. He loves the game, or he wouldn’t be where he is. Those are some of the things that we saw that when I came back, I talked to coach [ Harbaugh ] and Eric [DeCosta] and Ozzie [Newsome] about what kind of young man Ronnie is.” Ronnie, have you met Joe Flacco yet? (Morgan Adsit) (STANLEY) “Yes, I just met him this morning.” How did that introduction go? (Morgan Adsit) (STANLEY) “I didn’t know he was so tall, that’s the first thing. (laughter) He’s definitely a very tall guy, but he’s a good person, and I know he’s a great athlete as well. I’m very honored to be given the opportunity to block for him.” Juan, obviously Ronnie has been drafted and played tackle in college. Eugene Monroe is here and started the past couple of years at left tackle. How do you see that playing out? (Jamison Hensley) (CASTILLO) “The way we’re going to do it is, we’re going to let Ronnie go in there and compete with Eugene. What we want to do is play the best five players. We’re fortunate Ronnie is a very good athlete and good player, and so is Eugene. So, we’ll let them compete, and we know that we’re going to play the best five guys. The Ravens are all about competition. Coach Harbaugh talks about that. It just makes everybody better.” Marc, should Ronnie win that competition, how well does he fit into what you like to do? (Joe Platania) (TRESTMAN) “I think what we like to do is to be able to sufficiently protect our quarterback. And Ronnie would give us that on the backside. We want to be able to run an efficient running game, and Ronnie has the athletic abilities, I said earlier, to not only block the point, the front side of our outside zone game, but the backside as well. He fits right in to exactly what we’re looking for. His arm length, his length is going to allow us to stabilize the backside. We face, each and every week, the premier pass rushers in the league coming from the left side anyway. We’re excited about it. We think he certainly has the ability and certainly has the self-confidence, athleticism and intelligence to get that dome. We couldn’t ask for more right now. We’re really excited about it.” Ronnie, I know you played right tackle your first year at Notre Dame, correct? (Jeff Zrebiec) (STANLEY) “Yes, correct.” What is your experience playing guard? (Jeff Zrebiec) (STANLEY) “No, I didn’t do that. I played guard for maybe one spring game because our guard went down. That was about it.” Would that be a significant adjustment for you? Or do you think you can handle it? (Jeff Zrebiec) (STANLEY) “I can handle it. Wherever the coaches seem to put me that they see fit, that’s where I’m going to play.” Juan, just to clarify, Eugene and Ronnie could both start if they are among the five best offensive linemen? (Jerry Coleman) (CASTILLO) “That’s right. What we’re talking about is trying to get the best five guys on the field, so however we do that, we’re going to do that.” Juan, you know Ronnie’s skill set. Do you think it could translate to guard? (Jamison Hensley) (CASTILLO) “I think Jonathan Ogden did that the first year. You draft tackles because they’re the better athletes, and you stick them in [at] guard. A lot of the time what happens for those tackles is they say, ‘Whoa, it’s a lot easier inside. There’s not as much green to be able to cover.’ Through my experience all of the years I was at Philly, that’s what we used to do with tackles; we move them inside. As far as that part, I don’t think there’s an issue with him being able to do that.” Ronnie, what are your thoughts on social media? We saw what happened with Laremy Tunsil last night, and I’m sure people were talking about it even in that bubble. How active are you on social media? (Kirk McEwen) (STANLEY) “I’m moderately active, but you definitely have to be responsible. It sucks what happened to Laremy, especially the timing of it all, but it’s a lesson to all of the guys out there, all of the athletes out there. You really have to be responsible for things you record, things that are on your phones and whatnot.” How special is it to know that your high school will now be represented by both of Baltimore’s big teams? Joey Rickard is with the Orioles and now you are with the Ravens? (Luke Jones) (STANLEY) “I was very happy to hear that. Honestly, I didn’t know it at the time, but I saw on Twitter. I was very happy to hear that we’re representing both sports in this great city.” With your background in basketball, does any of that translate to football at all? (Jamison Hensley) (STANLEY) “Very much so, I definitely attribute a lot of my athleticism to playing basketball. A lot of the footwork that I use has been used in basketball, too, with the lateral movement and foot quickness in general.” Do you think you’re the best basketball player on the Ravens now? (Garrett Downing) (STANLEY) “I don’t know. I haven’t met everyone.” (laughter)
Go inside the Ravens' war room to see Ozzie Newsome, John Harbaugh and Steve Bisciotti talk with their 2016 first-round draft pick.
The 2016 draft didn't start exactly how the Ravens wanted. Baltimore tried to trade up with the Dallas Cowboys to get Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The Cowboys balked, and Ramsey, the top defensive back in the class, went to Jacksonville, one pick before the Ravens were on the clock. When Ravens brass spoke with the media afterwards, there wasn't a ton of excitement in the room. Make no mistake, they're very happy with the player they got in Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley . Stanley was at the top of their board and received one of their best grades in the class. But things didn't pan out how Baltimore drew it up. Over the next two days, however, things changed. They fell the Ravens' way. And after Baltimore made its 11th and final pick, there were a lot of happy people in the Ravens' war room. "It's been a really, really good three days," General Manager Ozzie Newsome said. "I don't know if I've ever felt as good about the collection of talent." That's saying a lot for a general manager that just completed his 21st draft and is known for assembling some of the best draft classes in the NFL. "The board came off, basically, the way we thought it would," Newsome said. Sometimes the players the Ravens want fall to them. Sometimes they get snapped up right before the Ravens are on the clock. Sometimes positions of need are weak at times when Baltimore is looking to pick them. Sometimes it seems every other team has the Ravens' draft board in their shirt pocket. Not this year. Known for his long, detailed draft recaps that often include a baseball metaphor, exhausted Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta simply said, "I'm just thankful that we got the guys we wanted." Here's the Ravens' draft class as a review: Round 1 (6): OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame Round 2 (42): OLB Kamalei Correa , Boise State Round 3 (70): DE Bronson Kaufusi , Brigham Young Round 4 (104): CB Tavon Young , Temple Round 4 (107): WR Chris Moore , Cincinnati Round 4 (130): OT Alex Lewis , Nebraska Round 4 (132): DT Willie Henry , Michigan Round 4 (134): RB Kenneth Dixon , Louisiana Tech Round 5 (146): OLB Matt Judon , Grand Valley State Round 6 (182): WR Keenan Reynolds , Navy Round 6 (209): CB Maurice Canady , Virginia Baltimore came into the draft looking for playmakers and Newsome said he's confident he got it on both sides of the ball. Correa notched 20 career sacks while Kaufusi had 26.5. Young has seven career interceptions and Moore was one of college football's best deep ball threats. Dixon and Reynolds duked it out over their careers for the all-time NCAA touchdowns record and Judon had the most sacks in college football last year (20). "We added some speed. We added some toughness. We added some size, athleticism and guys that have made some game-changing plays on the collegiate level," Newsome said. "We feel really good about the collection of talent that we have." The Ravens also addressed all of their needs except inside linebacker, where veteran Daryl Smith departed. Baltimore needed a long-term left tackle and younger pass rushers with Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil in their twilight years. They needed a nickel cornerback and some more youth at receiver. The Ravens added a potential returner and even got the long, big-bodied cornerback fans wanted with its final two picks, respectively. "We were able to get some good young talent to come in here and compete to make this roster," Newsome said. "Right now, the Baltimore Ravens are a much better football team." DeCosta entered Day 3 saying the pressure was on to nail the team's five fourth-round selections. It was the most picks in one round among the first five rounds in NFL draft history, per ESPN Stats & Information. Even Owner Steve Bisciotti put the heat on, saying in March that he wanted starters at every pick in the fourth. That's where it seemed that Baltimore picked up its momentum in this draft, and it carried throughout the rest of the day. Baltimore added another fourth-round selection and one in the fifth through two trades back in the second round. Suddenly, they had a lot of ammunition at their fingertips. The Ravens went to bed Friday night with Young on their mind and were able to get him with the sixth pick of that round, and it kept going from there. Moore came three picks later. The Ravens had three picks within five slots near the end of the round and got Lewis, Henry and Dixon. "I just think that the excitement that was rolling through the room as we were making those picks – guys were feeling good about each other and the players that we were getting – I won't say 'electric,' but it was a different atmosphere than I had been involved in," Newsome said. Harbaugh compared it to a scene from Star Trek. Newsome was steady-handed Jean Luc Picard. DeCosta was the analytical Spock. Trade guru Pat Moriarty was the doctor with his calculator. Harbaugh , of course, was the battling James Kirk. "Just watching these men, and the way they work in the heat of battle, under fire, was really something to behold," Harbaugh said. "This was a critical part of our draft – the fourth round," DeCosta said. "It became a mission for all of us to do the best we could and get the best players we could. It fell that way today." The Ravens' second-to-last pick of Reynolds brought tears to the eyes of those in the Ravens' war room. Baltimore still made one more selection, but the Reynolds pick was like an exhale of emotion after three long days. DeCosta delivered his baseball analogy at the end of the press conference. "It's extra-innings, I can tell you that," he said, sending the room into laughter. "Because I'm very tired, and we got a lot of picks. We didn't play nine innings. We played 11 innings."
Head Coach John Harbaugh probably got some good information on this pick. Baltimore selected Michigan defensive tackle Willie Henry with one of its five fourth-round picks (No. 132) Saturday afternoon. Henry was coached by Harbaugh's brother, Jim, as well as former Ravens Defensive Coordinator ...