Ravens draft two ‘red star players’ on second day
— During the first two days of the NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected three ‘red star players.’
A red star next to a player’s name on the Ravens’ draft board indicates that he is the type of person Baltimore wants—on and off the field.
“What it really amounts to is it’s the players that the scouts really think are just
awesome, on and off the field. They’re not necessarily always the best players, but they’re usually the very best kids – work ethic, demeanor, durability, character, practice habits, the way they carry themselves [and] running to the football in the fourth quarter,” assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said. “We try to draft as many of those guys as we can.”
DeCosta explained that each scout has one red star to designate to a player he finds fit.
“We’ve been doing it since 1999. We started doing it [when] Ron Marciniak was one of our scouts – legendary scout – [who] came up with the term ‘red star players,’” he said. “We do it on the day before the draft. This year, as I said, the board has come to us, and we’ve been fortunate to get these guys, and we think they’re going to be good.”
The Ravens drafted Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley sixth overall Thursday night. They added two more picks Friday, selecting Boise State linebacker Kamalei Correa and BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi in the second and third rounds, respectively, on Friday.
“I think you’ll find out that these guys are the hardest working guys on those two teams,” head coach John Harbaugh said of Friday’s selections. “Just watch the clips. They fly around; they make plays all over the field. They’re our kind of guys.”
Kaufusi recorded 11 sacks and 20 tackles for a loss last season. He had 26.5 sacks in his BYU career.
Kaufusi has great speed for someone his size (6-feet6-inches), running the 40yard dash in 4.87 seconds.
“We targeted big, smart, tough, physical and versatile guys this year on defense, and guys that can do a lot of different things. We think both K.C. and Bronson can line up at multiple spots,” DeCosta said. “They have multiple skill sets; they do a lot of different things pretty well. Both guys are very, very smart and they’re great kids. We’re 3-for-3 right now, in that we’ve drafted three ‘red star’ players. It’s not by design. We’ve never done that before, but it just fell that way. We got players that our coaches and scouts like.”
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