DeCosta mentioned the technical side of operating the draft nearly – due to the work of McDonald and others – was really fairly straightforward. The toughest half was not having the ability to bodily sit subsequent to his closest confidants, together with former GM turned Govt President Ozzie Newsome.
“The conversations that you’ve about gamers and techniques … not having that was difficult,” DeCosta mentioned. “It most likely, in some methods, made the draft just a little bit much less pleasant for me.”
That did not cease DeCosta from calling up his long-time mentor, nonetheless. Solely factor was he did not need the entire world to see him doing it. The NFL/ESPN put in cameras into each workforce’s “conflict room” to have footage of the final managers making the picks, however not everybody preferred its presence.
So when DeCosta wished to have a personal dialog with Newsome or one in every of his different confidants, he went right into a small closet inside his house workplace.
“I did not like these cameras at all times gazing me. I known as it my ‘Panic Closet,'” DeCosta mentioned. “Regardless that I used to be informed these cameras did not have any audio and could not hear me, I simply felt extra comfy going to the closet.”
DeCosta did not say when it occurred precisely, however there was one web scare throughout the draft.
In some unspecified time in the future, McDonald busted into the room and mentioned he, rapidly, did not have WiFi.
“If David has no WiFi, it means all the things might simply disintegrate,” DeCosta mentioned. “As a result of he is doing all the things for all the opposite folks – he is placing the draft board up, he is on all of the completely different calls, he is principally the emergency man in case one thing occurs to me, he can flip the choose in.”
DeCosta requested McDonald what could possibly be making the web sign so weak, and the guess was that one in every of DeCosta’s youngsters was taking part in video video games.
“So we go right down to the basement and Jackson and Michael are each taking part in ‘Fortnite’ or no matter they’re taking part in, so I needed to decrease the growth on them,” DeCosta mentioned with amusing.
“‘Guys, you have to get off the video video games! There are one million Ravens followers on the market that do not need you taking part in video video games proper now, I promise you.'”
After the draft was over, DeCosta got here out of the draft room, gave hugs, and informed his boys they may return to their video video games.