In draft, Ravens are first in 10

Team makes picking Pro Bowl players in top 10 look simple

April 20, 2008|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Sun reporter

Eric DeCosta makes picking in the top 10 of the NFL draft sound so easy.

"We just rate the players," the Ravens' director of college scouting said. "When you're looking at the top 10 players, they're so good. Just like when you're driving down a neighborhood, you see a million-dollar home versus a $300,000 home, and you know which is the million-dollar home."

NFL draft Saturday and next Sunday, New York TV: Saturday: 3 p.m.-11 p.m. [NFL Network]; 3 p.m.-8 p.m. [ESPN]; 8 p.m.-11 p.m. [ESPN2]. Next Sunday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. [NFL Network]; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. [ESPN].

Showing them how it's done

Since 1996, the start of their franchise, the Ravens have drafted more Pro Bowl players in the top 10 than any other NFL team. Five of the Ravens' seven top-10 selections have gone on to the NFL's all-star game. Here's the rate of success of the teams that have had at least five picks in the top 10 since 1996:

Pro Bowl Top 10 Success

Team players picks rate

Ravens 5 7 .714

Washington 4 6 .667

Jacksonville 3 5 .600

Cleveland 3 6 .500

Arizona 4 10 .400

Oakland 2 6 .333

Cincinnati 2 6 .333

Houston 1 5 .200

New Orleans 1 5 .200

Detroit 1 8 .125

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