Ravens, Seahawks to flip over who picks 10th, 11th

Pro Football

January 01, 2003|By Jamison Hensley

The Ravens were informed by league officials that they will pick either 10th or 11th in April's NFL draft. A coin flip - which usually takes place in March - will determine whether the Ravens or the Seattle Seahawks select 10th.

The Ravens are one of five teams that finished with a 7-9 mark. Their strength of schedule (opposing teams had a .506 winning percentage) was identical to that of the Seahawks, so the coin flip will serve as the tiebreaker.

There is a history with the Ravens and the 10th pick. The team has selected from that position in three of the previous five drafts. The Ravens picked cornerbacks Duane Starks (1998) and Chris McAlister (1999) as well as receiver Travis Taylor (2000) from that spot.

The Ravens and Seahawks had expected to flip for the 11th pick. But St. Louis' comeback 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night dropped the Rams (7-9) out of a top-10 draft choice.

The Ravens' top needs are at receiver, offensive tackle, quarterback, defensive line and the secondary.

(NFL draft order, 2d)

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