As the Ravens prepared to make the 24th overall selection in the 2002 Draft, it became clear that they would have an opportunity to draft one of the top remaining defensive backs left on the board. Bisciotti wanted Lito Sheppard, a cornerback out of Florida. General manager
"The top two guys left on the board were Lito Sheppard and
As you know, the Ravens drafted Reed, the play-making safety out of Miami. Two picks later, the
Sheppard, who has been out of the
Reed, meanwhile, just completed his 11th season with the Ravens and is regarded as one of the best safeties to ever play the game.
"I kind of learned from that point on that I better not engage too much and try and alter their decision-making, or else we would have had Lito," Bisciotti said.
Bisciotti told the story at last Thursday’s “State of the Ravens” address after he was asked to break down three to five of the top decisions that he did or didn’t make to help the organization along the way of another
Bisciotti immediately pointed to his right, where coach
him." But besides that decision, he directed the credit and accolades to others.