Okay, I figured you guys would have drummed this up by now, but I guess I'll have to prod you.
Take a look at the quotes in the article I wrote today about how the Ravens revamped their offensive line on the fly, and compare what they did to just about everything the Skins always do, and draw your own conclusions.
The Ravens have gotten production out of basically their entire 2006 draft class, and a bunch of guys from 05 as well, who have given the team superior depth to withstand injuries, etc. They are the anti-Skins.
The whole time I was sitting with Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta, the Ravens director of college scouting and a former Skins intern, I couldn't help but think, "Man, these guys get it. They really all do work together. They all follow Ozzie's vision. This is what an organization is supposed to be."
They are polar opposites from your boys out in Ashburn in almost every way. It was a very refreshing week in Owings Mills. The entire vibe about that franchise is top notch and classy, from the way they embrace and reach out to the former Baltmore Colts in town - you should hear ex-Skins talk privately about how they have been treated by their franchise since The Squire passed on - to their relaxed air.
It's like they know they're doing it the right way, they don't have to try to sell you a bunch of crap about their process, and there is a quiet confidence to what they do. They don't have to try to covince you that they do it right, because the numbers speak for themselves.
Since 1999, 75 percent of their draft picks have played in the NFL, either for the Ravens or elsewhere. Best in the league. Since 1999, they have received 16 compensatory draft picks due to players departing in free agency - like getting two extra drafts. And they used those picks on late-round studs like Bart Scott and Adalius Thomas.
That means they are drafting so well that they can afford to let some draft picks leave as free agents, because they essentially replace them cheaply with the extra comp picks they get. I beleive the Redskins, in that same span since 1999, have received 5 compensatory picks.
I do know this, Baltimore, New England and Philly are at the top of the comp list since 1999 (all receiving like 13 or more additional picks), and the Redskins are lumped in the bottom third with Houston, Cleveland, Arizona.
That really tells you all you need to know.
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