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Eric DeCosta calls his pre-draft press conference the “liars’ luncheon”

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OWINGS MILLS, MD - SEPTEMBER 08: Baltimore Ravens President Dick Cass (L) and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta (R) watch the team practice at their training facility on September 8, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Earlier in the day the Ravens terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after the release of video showing Rice striking his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Every NFL team is required to make its key decision makers available to the media before the draft, and sometimes some interesting information emerges from those press conferences. But most of the time, coaches and general managers are uninterested in divulging how they really feel about draft prospects.

Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta made that clear today. Opening up his pre-draft press conference, DeCosta made a joking acknowledgement of how nothing he said could be trusted.

“Thank you everybody for coming,” DeCosta said. “Excited to have you all here today for the liars’ luncheon, as it’s been called.”

This is DeCosta’s first draft running the show after being the right-hand man to former Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome for many years. He said that the Ravens have always had a collaborative draft process and this year will be no different.

“It doesn’t feel that different, honestly,” DeCosta said. “It’s never just been one person’s decision.”

Whatever the Ravens do in the draft, it will be a collaborative decision -- and not one they’re in the business of making public.