OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens held their annual pre-draft press conference and general manager Eric DeCosta revealed the team has about 180 players on its board.
That number could rise to 195 players in the coming weeks, so there’s a lot of heavy work to do to gauge the prospects.
The Ravens have 10 picks in this year’s draft, including the 14th overall pick.
Joe Hortiz, the Ravens’ director of college scouting, said the team has more players on the roster than in the past few years as the talent level has improved.
DeCosta is determined to put last season’s disappointing 8-9 result behind him and get back to the playoffs.
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“We’re ready and ready to bounce back from last season,” DeCosta said. “We are in a difficult division and we are aware of it, but we are ready to start.”
The Ravens’ most pressing needs are at cornerback, defensive line and edge rusher. Baltimore also needs to add depth at inside and outside linebacker.
Additionally, the Ravens must approach the offensive line with the uncertainty surrounding left tackle Ronnie Stanley’s ankle injury. Baltimore could also take a center to compete with Pat Mekari and Tryston Colon for the starting position.
“The truth is, we don’t know how Ronnie is going to bounce back,” DeCosta said. “We think he’s on a good pace to come back.”
However, DeCosta is confident the Ravens will be able to bolster their roster with the players they select in the draft, which takes place April 28-30 in Nevada.
“It’s a project we’ve been waiting for,” he said.