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Eric DeCosta (born April 10, 1971) is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL), a position he officially assumed on January 11, 2019.[1] [2]

Eric DeCosta
Baltimore Ravens
Position:Executive Vice President and General Manager
Personal information
Born: (1971-04-10) April 10, 1971 (age 48)
Taunton, Massachusetts
Career information
High school:Taunton (MA)
College:Colby College & Trinity College

Prior to his recent appointment, DeCosta served as the assistant general manager of the Ravens, being heavily involved in both college and pro scouting. Before that, DeCosta was the Director of College Scouting in Baltimore, where he oversaw the NFL draft. DeCosta, who began his career in the NFL as a player personnel assistant in 1996, served as Mid-West Area Scout from 1998 to 2003. For the past 20 years, DeCosta has worked for former General Manager Ozzie Newsome, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[citation needed] During this period, the Ravens have made the playoffs eleven times and won two Super Bowls.

EducationEdit

DeCosta attended high school at Taunton High School (Taunton, Massachusetts) and played college football at Colby College, where he served as team captain in 1992 under head coach, Tom Austin.. A Dean's List student who graduated with honors, DeCosta earned bachelor of art's degrees in English and Classical Civilizations in 1993. In 1996, DeCosta received a master's degree in English from Trinity College, Hartford.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

Prior to his stint in the NFL, DeCosta worked at Trinity College (1993–1996) as a Graduate Fellow, coaching football in the Athletic Department.

Named as one of the most powerful people in sports under the age of 35,[3] DeCosta has played a strong role in the drafting of Pro Bowl players like Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, Jamal Lewis, Bart Scott, Le'Ron McClain, Haloti Ngata, Marshal Yanda, Ben Grubbs, Ray Rice , C. J. Mosley, Brandon Williams, and Kyle Juszczyk along with significant contributors Tony Weaver, Mark Clayton, Chester Taylor, Ed Hartwell, Dawan Landry, Jason Brown, Jared Gaither, Sam Koch, Lardarius Webb, Torrey Smith, Ricky Wagner, Pernell McPhee, and Kelechi Osemele.[citation needed]

In April 2008, DeCosta and the Ravens traded the eighth pick in the 2008 Draft to the Jacksonville Jaguars for the 26th pick in the first round and other picks.[4] The Ravens then traded the 26th overall pick and their third round pick to the Houston Texans for the 18th pick, where the Ravens then selected 2008 Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year winner, QB Joe Flacco from the University of Delaware.[5] In his first season as Ravens starting quarterback, Flacco led the Ravens to the AFC Championship Game, where they lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

The next year, in April 2009, DeCosta and Newsome traded the 26th pick in the 2009 Draft and another pick to the New England Patriots for the 23rd pick in the first round.[6] The Ravens then selected 2009 Offensive Rookie of the Year runner-up Michael Oher, OT, from Ole Miss.[7] Oher was featured in Michael Lewis' acclaimed book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game which was also made into a movie starring Sandra Bullock.

In January 2010, after reportedly being a finalist for the Seattle Seahawks General Manager position,[8] DeCosta removed his name from consideration prior to interviewing for the post.[9]

One year later in March 2011, in an interview at the annual Owners' Meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti referred to DeCosta as General Manager Ozzie Newsome's eventual successor.[10]

DeCosta was on the radar for several teams with General Manager openings following the 2011 season including serious interest from the Chicago Bears. However, in January 2012 DeCosta signed a new contract with Baltimore that would make him one of the highest paid executives in football and ensure that he stayed on as Ozzie Newsome's eventual replacement.[11]

On February 2, 2018, the Ravens officially announced that DeCosta would take over as General Manager for Ozzie Newsome following the 2018 season. That year, the Ravens made news on draft day by trading their second round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia's 2018 first round pick, the last pick of the round. Newsome and DeCosta used that pick to select QB Lamar Jackson from Louisville. Jackson finished the 2018 season as the starting quarterback for the Ravens, leading the Ravens over the last seven games to a 6-1 record and an AFC North championship. The Ravens played a home playoff game vs the Los Angeles Chargers on January 5th, losing to the Chargers and being eliminated from the playoffs in the process. Jackson was the youngest quarterback to ever start a playoff game.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Baltimore Ravens official website
  2. ^ Schmuck, Peter (January 1, 2019). "Incoming Ravens GM Eric DeCosta will be taking over soon, but Ozzie Newsome isn't going anywhere". The Baltimore Sun.
  3. ^ Biodata
  4. ^ USA Today report
  5. ^ Baltimore Ravens official website
  6. ^ "OVERALL, A SUCCESSFUL DAY ONE FOR OZ AND THE BALTIMORE RAVENS" Bleacher Report.
  7. ^ "Training camp-Day 5" Baltimore Sun.
  8. ^ "Seahawks zeroing in on young GM candidates" SeattlePI.com.
  9. ^ "Schneider, Ross still will interview with Seahawks" NFL.com.
  10. ^ "Q&A with Steve Bisciotti" Baltimore Sun.
  11. ^ "DeCosta’s new deal keeps him from leaving Baltimore" NBC Sports