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Eric DeCosta confident Ravens will get quality first-round draft pick

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Draft is deep and the Ravens have either the 16th or 17th pick.

Eric DeCosta (right) spoke at length to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson about the upcoming draft.
Eric DeCosta (right) spoke at length to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson about the upcoming draft.
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Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta appears confident that the Ravens will be able to bring in an upper-tier player in this year's NFL draft.

Speaking to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, DeCosta said that while picking 16th or 17th indicates you didn't have a good season, it does allow for the organization to bring in a better player than you otherwise would be able to at the end of the first round.

With the draft deep at various positions of need, DeCosta likes his chances of bringing in a quality prospect.

"It's a deep draft. If you consider the fact that quarterbacks typically will get drafted pretty high and add those guys into the mix, there's a really good chance that a good player is going to fall down to us," DeCosta told Wilson. "We've had some success in years past thinking about years where we got Suggs [2003], [defensive tackle] Haloti [Ngata] in 2006], [cornerback] Chris McAlister [1999]. We've been able to find a very high level player from pick No. 10 on. We're excited about that possibility this year."

To read the rest of the interview, visit the Baltimore Sun.