Ravens draft two ‘red star play­ers’ on sec­ond day

Cecil Whig - - NFL DRAFT - By SEAN GRO­GAN


— 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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