Steve Bisciotti thinks Ravens lack scouting experience

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The Ravens will be changing General Managers after the end of the 2018 season and that’s not the only change that team owner Steve Bisciotti would like to see in the personnel department.

During a press conference earlier this month, Bisciotti was asked about the team’s tepid results at the top of the draft in recent seasons. The last five years have seen the Ravens mix hits — linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive tackle Brandon Williams — with major misses — safety Matt Elam and wide receiver Breshard Perriman — in the first three rounds of the draft.

They’ve taken 17 players in the first three rounds over the entire period and will need to get a lot out of 2017 rookies Tyus Bowser and Chris Wormley to approach a 50 percent hit rate. Bisciotti said he thinks “we may get too many opinions about the top players in the draft,” but a bigger issue may be who is providing the opinions. Bisciotti lamented the way the team has replaced veteran members of the scouting department with less experienced people.”

“When we lost those scouts, we didn’t necessarily go out and hire equal scouts to replace them, and I think that was a mistake,” Bisciotti said, via ESPN.com. “I think that, in retrospect, you can say that you can’t lose those three scouts with 30 years of experience between the three of them and then hire 25-year-olds that are ready to give it the old try. … I think that it shows that we have not done a very good job of filling in senior people with senior people. That’s something we are going to address starting right now and hopefully rebuild that on the fly, because we can’t wait for 25-year-olds to get as good as [former Ravens scout and current Eagles vice president of player personnel] Joe Douglas was at 36.”

Ozzie Newsome will get a final chance to improve on those recent draft results before handing the G.M. job over to Eric DeCosta, who should probably be looking for some experienced hands to help him if he’s going to keep the guy writing the checks in high spirits.

17 responses to “Steve Bisciotti thinks Ravens lack scouting experience

  1. The draft is a crapshoot, plenty of teams miss on draft picks. I don’t inherently see an issue with hiring “25 year olds” because those guys aren’t making the final decisions on who to draft. Developing talent at the scouting positions is something organizations should work on, too, rather than just seeking out the same old guys who’ve been doing it forever. In other words – an owner blaming “the 25 year olds” is a bunch of nonsense.

    Coaches and scouts have college tape and then the mostly-pointless combine results to go by. It would be interesting to see the average career length of players by round they were drafted. Plenty of first rounders flame out and plenty of late rounders – or undrafted guys – have good careers.

    I once heard a veteran or former NFL player in an interview – I wish I could remember who it was, but he’d had a long career – and he said no matter the inherent abilities of a player, the number one thing that makes a career in the NFL is work. The guys who are willing to put in the work required will make it. The guys who want to try to skate by on natural ability or otherwise half-ass it can’t keep up and will fall by the wayside.

    I thought that was pretty interesting.

  2. Bisciotti finally realizing the inexperience scouts that are bringing in the evaluations which help form the opinion to make the pick is killing his team. I bet when he has a job open in the business side of his organization he doesnt hire inexperience, so why does it take teams so long to realize the guys that are responsible for the product on the field dont need experience? I am not against young scouts but they need to be trained, more and more of them have been getting hired with little to no experience….GMs and decision makers need quality information to make quality decisions….Good luck Ravens, how you going to fix it??

  3. you can’t lose those three scouts with 30 years of experience between the three of them and then hire 25-year-olds that are ready to give it the old try

    Duh! I’d like to know who made the decision to get rid of those three scouts and why. Did they do it to save money? If so they saved money but at what expense to the organization. If they got rid of them because someone didn’t like them then it looks a lot like what Jed York did. Either way it makes the Ravens leadership look incompetent and clueless.

  4. This personifies how difficult it is to break into the scouting side of the businesses. Owners don’t want new blood, they want somebody just as experienced if not more so. Better hope you’re related to somebody famous.

  5. The last five years have seen the Ravens mix hits — linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive tackle Brandon Williams — with major misses — safety Matt Elam and wide receiver Breshard Perriman — in the first three rounds of the draft.

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    Five years? Problems go back further than that. That 2010 draft class (Sergio Kindle’s) was straight up atrocious. Aside from Pitta, every other pick in that draft was a complete waste. Even the few draft classes before then (’08, ’09) were fairly average.

  6. Bisciotti cheaped out. His philosophy is to let Mel Kiper do the work with the draft board and then go with those recommendations. It’s marginally better than getting draft advice from a homeless guy

  7. Duh! I’d like to know who made the decision to get rid of those three scouts and why. Did they do it to save money? If so they saved money but at what expense to the organization. If they got rid of them because someone didn’t like them then it looks a lot like what Jed York did. Either way it makes the Ravens leadership look incompetent and clueless.

    They were promoted and are now directors of player personnel in Philadelphia and brought on other scouts from the Ravens.

  8. Funny, where I work everybody is replaceable by the next college graduate hanging around on the corner, no matter what kind of experience, knowledge and expertise you have. It’s interesting to see a place where management can learn (the hard way) that not everybody is interchangeable.

  9. Part of the problem is losing a talented evaluater like Joe Douglas and not replacing him (the Ravens have not had a National Scout the past 2 years), but the other problem is that the front office and coaching staff do not appear to be on the same page. How else do you explain the selections of Correa and Bowser the past two years? Both might be good players, but they don’t fit into the Raven’s scheme. Heck, one has to ask whether Joe Flacco fits into Mornhinweg ‘s short passing scheme? They seem to keep trying to fit square pegs into round holes. Either Harbaugh and his coaches needs to be given more say in selecting players, or they need to get rid of Harbaugh and bring in a HC who will find the appropriate schemes that will take advantage of the skills and abilities of the players they have/acquire.

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