The Ravens have made it a habit to reach beyond the typical player pool you see each Saturday.

Guys such as Asa Jackson (Cal Poly), Ryan Jensen (Colorado State-Pueblo), Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern State), Aaron Mellette (Elon) and Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard) have been taken by the organization when it may have seen like a bit of a surprise to the outside world.

But that's what makes an organization great — being able to look outside the box and evaluate talent all around, not just the guys that appear on television on Saturdays.

"Teams are doing better jobs, so we've tried to find value by more closely looking at small-school players," Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said at last week's pre-draft luncheon. "Our scouts do a great job of going out there and evaluating those guys. We use a lot of resources to go into those schools, getting to know the coaches, and watching the players."

Of course, the biggest worry is the competition these guys compete against. Obviously, it's not NFL caliber, whereas major conferences like the SEC and Pac-12 are beating up on each other every week.