For the first time in a decade, the Ravens last weekend drafted three players from college football programs that were below the Division I FBS (formerly I-A) level. As Ravens director of player personnel
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"We go into the small schools and do the same amount [of work] as we do the big schools. Our quarterback is a small-school guy," Newsome said. "Our scouts, when they go into the Delaware or Cal Poly or South Carolina State, it's just like when they go into Ohio State, Maryland or Alabama."
The Ravens have had success in this regard in the past, and it goes beyond quarterback
Of course, they've had their misses -- Cam Quayle, anyone? -- but their success rate in drafting successful small-school prospects is pretty similar to that of their picks from major college programs.
"I think we have great scouts, and they do as good a job as anybody in the league at getting information," DeCosta said while answer a question about Thompson. "We take a lot of pride in that."
Thompson transferred from Auburn for “various reasons,” as Ravens coach
DeCosta, who played football at Colby College, said that Div. I-FBS experience gives prospects an edge over someone like himself who never got a taste of big-time college football.
“There are all different kinds of small-school prospects,” DeCosta said. “The real small-school prospects like me, who went to a small school and played. You have other guys who went to a big school and transfer, so you get a Joe Flacco, who transferred from