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OWINGS MILLS http://www.broncosauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dre_mont-jones-jersey , Md. (AP) — For the first time since the Ravens came to Baltimore, someone other than Ozzie Newsome will have the final say during the NFL draft.Rookie general manager Eric DeCosta will be hard-pressed to duplicate the initial draft of his predecessor, who selected Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis with the first two picks in franchise history.Ogden and Lewis ended up joining Newsome — an outstanding tight end with the Cleveland Browns — in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Newsome proved to be equally adept in evaluating college talent, building two Super Bowl champions after becoming the first African-American general manager in NFL history.Newsome will serve as an adviser in the draft room late this month.“Ozzie is watching tape. We still talk about players,” coach John Harbaugh said. “In the end, though, it will be Eric’s call, and that’s good. I think Eric has had a huge impact on the draft up until now. He’s been a big part of it.”DeCosta moved up the corporate ladder after joining the Ravens at an entry level position in 1996, their first year after moving from Cleveland. Now that he’s in charge, there’s no telling what might happen when it comes time for Baltimore to make its first-round selection.“If there’s a great player there at 22, we’ll make the pick, and we’ll be very, very excited,” DeCosta said. “But one thing we’ve shown over the past years is we know how to manufacture picks. So, if the opportunity is there T.J. Hockenson Jersey , we’ll have a chance to trade back and accumulate picks.”The Ravens dealt their second-round choice to Philadelphia during the 2018 draft to get quarterback Lamar Jackson at No. 32 overall. So, as it stands now, Baltimore’s second pick is 85th overall.Some things to know about the Ravens’ expectations for the 2019 NFL draft:GOOD HANDS NEEDEDThe elusive Jackson operates a ball-control offense that likes to stay on the ground. But he’s got to pass to keep the opposition honest, and the Ravens are looking for a physical receiver or two to fill the holes left by the departures of Michael Crabtree and John Brown.Newsome, unfortunately, had several misfires in selecting wide receivers. He took Travis Taylor with the 10th overall pick in 2000, Mark Clayton at No. 22 in 2005, and Breshad Perriman in the first round in 2015.D.K. Metcalf of Mississippi, whom DeCosta compared with Terrell Owens, has the potential to be a star if he’s available when the Ravens are on the clock.“He’s big and fast. He’s caught a lot of touchdowns, a lot of big plays,” DeCosta said. “He’s a guy that we’re looking at.”GET THE QBLosing Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith to free agency leaves the Ravens desperate to find someone capable of ringing up sacks. DeCosta believes the talent runs deep for players fitting that description.“Pass rusher is a very strong position, whether that’s defensive end or outside linebacker,” he said.Brian Burns of Florida State and Jaylon Ferguson of Louisiana Tech are strong pass rushers worth adding to the NFL’s top-ranked defense in 2018.NO TIME TO WAITBaltimore’s top four picks last year — tight end Hayden Hurst, Jackson Zach Brown Jersey , tackle Orlando Brown Jr. and tight end Mark Andrews — all played key roles on a team that won the AFC North. So did sixth-round pick Bradley Bozeman, a utility player on the offensive line.DeCosta is looking for that kind of production from his first draft.“Last year was a great example of bringing guys in who could play right away and help us become the best team we can be,” he said. “We have to do that again.”STRIKING GOLDThe Ravens could be very busy during the final two days of the draft. They currently own two selections in the third round, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.Newsome snagged seven-time Pro Bowl guard Marshall Yanda in the third round (2007), standout tight end Dennis Pitta in the fourth round (2010), and quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the sixth round (2011).“We have a great opportunity this year to draft players, and those third-round picks and those fourth-round picks, those are gold for us this year,” DeCosta said. “Having four picks in those two rounds, that’s an ideal situation to be in.” Like most of the Patriots players, Trey Flowers generally stays under the radar.

Flowers has made his loudest impact on the field and emerged as a key part of the defense during the runs to the Super Bowl in the past two seasons.

Flowers has become one of the leaders on a defense that has finally found some stability after struggling to stop teams early in the season. He has helped fill the void created by Dont’a Hightower’s season-ending shoulder injury.

Flowers missed all but one game during his rookie season in 2015 before being placed on injured reserve because of knee and shoulder issues.

He returned in 2016 and appeared in all 16 regular-season games, leading the team with seven sacks. His production continued in the playoffs, where he added 2+ sacks.

The 24-year-old has been equally impressive this season.

Flowers again led the team with 6+ sacks, despite missing back-to-back games in December with a rib injury. But he had 12 tackles and a half-sack over his final three games. It was his best three-game stretch of the regular season.

He’s added another sack and eight tackles since the start of the postseason.

Flowers credits the defense’s weekly preparation for creating the opportunities he’s had.

”I think a lot of guys can make plays at any given time Kyler Murray Jersey ,” Flowers said. ”You’ve got a lot of playmakers in this locker room so it’s just one of those things where you’ve got to deal with all of us. Once everybody prepares well and gets ready for the game and things like that, any given down somebody can make a play.”

He said getting back to the Super Bowl is proof of how far the defense has progressed since it ranked at the bottom of the NFL in total defense for nine consecutive weeks during the regular season.

”It’s big. Just the fashion of how we got to (the Super Bowl),” Flowers said. ”It took complete, four-quarter games. It took everybody. It’s pretty big.”

Defensive captain Devin McCourty said the time Flowers has put in over the past two seasons is recognizable to his teammates.

”If you guys talk to Trey you can see he doesn’t talk a lot. He’s not a man of many words,” McCourty said. ”I think that the thing I see from him is now when he feels like it’s time to say something and he wants to say something, it usually makes a big impact on the team because guys know his work ethic.

”They know how much he cares about playing well individually and the success of the team. When he speaks, guys tend to listen.”

Coach Bill Belichick said Flowers is displaying the same conditioning and ability to finish games now they saw when they first scouted him at Arkansas.

”He plays hard, pursues the ball well, played a lot of plays at Arkansas (and) wasn’t substituted for a lot. He was in there and played a lot of important plays, kind of as you would expect him to be given the caliber of his play,” Belichick said. ”He can do a lot of different things for us and has done that. And it’s been very valuable.”

While Flowers thinks the defense has played some of its best football this postseason, he isn’t taking anything for granted.

”We understand we’ve got one more,” he said. ”It doesn’t come easy…The next team is gonna be the best we’ve played all year. It’s a tough task.”

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