I made this thread last year, so I figured I'd update it for this year. It's mostly copy/paste, but I've updated it somewhat.
It's no secret that teams interview prospects for many different reasons, ranging from genuine interest to purposely feigning interest to trick other teams. In addition, teams will never meet or speak with certain prospects and then draft them, much to the surprise of the player himself. So this got me wondering: how strong of a connection is there between the Ravens' prospect interviews and actually drafting them? Taking what I could find from various sites, I composed a list, highlighting those we actually brought in either through the draft, UDFA, or waivers.
*Baylor guard Danny Watkins (3/16).
*Georgia defensive end Justin Houston (3/21, ).
+Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson (3/21, 4/?).
*Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams (3/21).
*Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan (3/22).
+Abilene Christian wide receiver Edmund Gates (3/23, 3/27).
*Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent (3/?).
*Miami cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke (3/?).
*Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh (3/?).
*UT-Chattanooga cornerback Buster Skrine (3/24).
*Florida State guard/center Rodney Hudson (3/?).
+Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (3/28).
*Arizona defensive end Brooks Reed (3/28).
*Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore (3/28).
*Appalachian State safety Mark LeGree (3/29).
Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith (3/29).
Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith (3/29).
*Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews (3/30).
*Lehigh guard/tackle Will Rackley (3/30).
*Texas cornerback Curtis Brown (3/?).
Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard (3/?).
*Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith (?/?).
*Rice defensive end Cheta Ozougwu (?/?).
*Richmond cornerback Justin Rogers (?/?).
*Delaware safety Anthony Walters (?/?).
*Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget (?/?).
Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin (?/?).
Georgia wide receiver Kris Durham (?/?).
*Texas linebacker/defensive end Sam Acho (3/?).
*Baldwin-Wallace linebacker Keith Darbut (4/?).
+Virginia Union offensive tackle David Mims (4/6).
UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers (4/7).
North Carolina wide receiver Greg Little (4/7).
North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn (4/7).
Mississippi linebacker Jonathan Cornell (4/7).
Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard (4/8).
Louisiana Tech return specialist Phillip Livas (4/20).
South Carolina cornerback Chris Culliver (4/20).
+Oklahoma State offensive tackle Levy Adcock (?/?).
Miami (Ohio) guard Brandon Brooks (?/?).
LSU cornerback Ron Brooks (3/30).
*North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown (4/?).
+Delaware guard/center Gino Gradkowski (?/?).
Oregon State cornerback Brandon Hardin (?/?).
Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill (4/5).
Pittsburgh cornerback Buddy Jackson (3/30).
Illinois receiver A.J. Jenkins (4/4).
Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson (4/?).
*Georgia center Ben Jones (?/?).
California linebacker Mychal Kendricks (4/?).
Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (?/?).
Wisconsin center Peter Konz (4/?).
*Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead (4/4).
*USC defensive end Nick Perry (3/?).
Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson (3/30).
UCLA receiver Nelson Rosario (4/3).
Syracuse safety Phillip Thomas (3/30).
*Texas kicker Justin Tucker (4/24).
Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner (?/?).
*Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler (?/?).
Tavon Austin%, WR, West Virginia (PRI) (COM)
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon (SR)
Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers (SR)
Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest (SR)
Michael Buchanan, DL, Illinois (SR)
Tank Carradine%, DE, Florida State (PRI) (COM)
Braxston Cave, OL, Notre Dame (SR)
DeWayne Cherrington, DL, Mississippi State (PRO)
Brandon Copeland, DL, Penn (PRO)
Jordan Devey, OL, Memphis (EW)
Quinton Dial, DL, Alabama (INT)
Lavar Edwards, DL, LSU (SR)
Matt Elam, S, Florida (COM)
Josh Evans, S, Florida (COM)
D.J. Fluker%, OT, Alabama (PRI) (COM)
Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech (COM)
Dwayne Gratz, DB, Connecticut (SR#)
Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State (VINT)
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (COM)
Dustin Hopkins, PK, Florida State (SR)
Wes Horton, DL, USC (EW)
Margus Hunt%, DE, SMU (PRI) (COM)
Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada (COM)
Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State (COM)
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (COM)
Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati (PRI)
Tavarres King, WR, Georgia (SR)
Kevin Minter%, ILB, LSU (PRI) (COM)
Damontre Moore, DL, Texas A&M (PRI)
Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut (PRI)
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (PRI)
Alex Okafor, DL, Texas (SR)
Toben Opurum, FB, Kansas (INT)
Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State (SR)
Chris Pantale, TE, Boston College (COM)
Will Pericak, DL, Colorado (PRI)
Keith Pough, LB, Howard (INT)
Justin Pugh%, OL, Syracuse (PRI) (SR#)
David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State (SR)
Bacarri Rambo, DB, Georgia (PRI)
Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina (COM)
Brian Schwenke, OL, California (SR)
Russell Shepard, WR, LSU (PRI)
D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina (COM)
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (SR)
Cooper Taylor, DB, Richmond (PRI)
Jamar Taylor, DB, Boise State (PRI)
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford (SR)
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas (COM)
Conner Vernon, WR, Duke (SR)
Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State (COM)
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State (SR)
Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina (COM)
Earl Wolff, S, N.C. State (EW)
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech (COM)
Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech (COM)
Kelvin Benjamin%, WR, Florida State (PRI) (COM)
Chris Borland%, LB, Wisconsin (COM) (SR)
Chris Boswell, PK, Rice (SR)
Jonathan Brown, LB, Illinois (SR)
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (PRI)
Deone Bucannon, DB, Washington State (PRI)
Christopher Burnette, G, Georgia (EW)
Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest (LOC)
Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona (COM)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama (PRO)
Mike Davis%, WR, Texas (COM) (SR%)
Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh (COM)
Dominique Easley, DL, Florida (PRO)
Eric Ebron%, TE, North Carolina (PRI) (COM)
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (COM)
Dee Ford, DL, Auburn (COM)
Khairi Fortt, LB, California (PRI)
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (PRI)
Kevin Graf, OL, Southern California (EW)
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State (COM)
Gabe Jackson, OL, Mississippi State (SR)
Kenny Ladler, DB, Vanderbilt (SR)
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU (COM)
Tyler Larsen, OL, Utah State (SR)
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (PRO)
Marqise Lee%, WR, USC (PRI) (COM)
Jordan Love, DB, Towson (LOC)
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (COM)
A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama (PRI)
Dexter McDougle, DB, Maryland (PRI)
Keith McGill, DB, Utah (PRI)
Morgan Moses, OL, Virginia (COM)
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama (PRI)
Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama (SR)
Cody Parkey, K, Auburn (SR)
Jacob Pedersen, TE, Wisconsin (SR)
Joe Rankin, DB, Morgan State (LOC)
Michael Sam%, LB, Missouri (INT) (COM) (SR)
Kiero Small, RB, Arkansas (LOC)
Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State (SR)
Logan Thomas%, QB, Virginia Tech (PRI/PRO) (COM)
Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU (PRI)
Jimmie Ward, DB, Northern Illinois (PRI)
Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State (PRI)
Terrance West%, RB, Towson (LOC) (COM)
Andre Williams, RB, Boston College (COM)
WR DeVante Parker, Louisville
LB Shane Ray, Missouri
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
OT La'el Collins, LSU
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
CB Eric Rowe, Utah
DL Randy Gregory, Nebraska
CB P.J. Williams, Florida State
OL Robert Myers, Tennessee State*
OL A.J. Cann, South Carolina*
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
CB Marcus Peters, Washington
CB Tray Walker, Texas Southern
WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri
RB Jay Ajayi, Boise State
WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
CB Jalen Collins, LSU
CB/KR Chris Dunkley, USF
TE Jesse James, Penn State
RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana
WR Phillip Dorsett, Miami
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (COM)
Joey Bosa^, DE/3-4OLB, Ohio State (COM, PRI)
James Bradberry, CB, Samford (SR)
Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State (PRI)
Blake Countess, CB, Auburn (PRI)
Joe Dahl, G/OT, Washington State (STM)
Sean Davis^, FS/CB, Maryland (COM, LOC, STM)
Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama (SR)
Leonard Floyd, OLB/3-4OLB, Georgia (PRI)
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (PRI)
Darien Harris, OLB, Michigan State (LOC)
Tyler Higbee, TE, Western Kentucky (WOR)
Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford (WOR)
Tyrone Holmes, DE, Montana (EW)
Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA (PRI)
Darius Jackson, RB, Eastern Michigan (PRI)
William Jackson III, CB, Houston (PRI)
Quinton Jefferson, DT, Maryland (LOC)
Cyrus Jones^, CB, Alabama (PRI, LOC)
Deion Jones, OLB, LSU (PRI)
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia (PRI)
Jay Lee^, WR, Baylor (SR, PRI)
Tyler Matakevich, ILB/OLB, Temple (SR)
Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State (WOR)
Robert Nkemdiche, DT/DE/3-4DE, Ole Miss (PRI)
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/3-4DE, Oklahoma State (WOR)
David Onyemata, DT, Manitoba (EW)
Will Parks, SS, Arizona (PRO)
Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama (PRI)
Jalen Ramsey^, CB/S, Florida State (COM, PRI)
Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan (WOR)
Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central (WOR)
Noah Spence^, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Eastern Kentucky (COM, PRI)
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (WOR) Ronnie Stanley^, OT, Notre Dame (COM, PRI)
Charles Tapper, DE/3-4DE, Oklahoma (COM)
Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (WOR)
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (COM)
Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State (SR) Tavon Young^, CB, Temple (WOR, PRI)
2017 (in progress)
Keion Adams, DE, Western Michigan (PRO)
Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston (PRI)
Connor Bozick, OT, Delaware (LOC)
Caleb Brantley, DT/NT, Florida (PRI)
Taco Charlton, DE/3-4OLB, Michigan (PRO)
Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin (SR)
Zach Cunningham, OLB/ILB, Vanderbilt (COM)
Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan (PRI)
Kevin Davis, ILB, Colorado State (EW)
Reuben Foster, ILB, Alabama (PRI)
Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan (PRO)
Malik Golden, SS, Penn State (PRI)
Trey Hendrickson, DE, Florida Atlantic (PRO)
Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming (PRO)
Josh Jones, S, N.C. State (PRI)
Kevin King, CB, Washington (PRI)
Tanoh Kpassagnon^, DE/3-4DE, Villanova (PRI, WOR)
Ashton Lampkin, CB, Oklahoma State (EW)
Marquel Lee, ILB, Wake Forest (WOR)
William Likely, CB, Maryland (LOC)
Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech (PRO)
Nyme Manns, WR, Bowie State (LOC)
Malik McDowell, DT/3-4DE, Michigan State (PRI)
Takkarist McKinley^, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, UCLA (STM, PRI)
Deon-Tay McManus, WR, Marshall (LOC)
Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State (PRI)
Jordan Morgan, G, Kutztown (SR)
Teldrick Morgan, WR, Maryland (LOC)
Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan (PRI)
Ethan Pocic, C/G, LSU (SR)
Dayon Pratt, OLB, East Carolina (PRO)
Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple (PRI)
Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State (PRI)
Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama (PRI)
John Ross, WR, Washington (PRI)
Justin Senior, OT, Mississippi State (SR)
Jordan Sterns, S, Oklahoma State (SR)
Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky (SR)
Noel Thomas, WR, Connecticut (PRO)
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT/3-4DE/NT, UCLA (SR)
Darius Victor, RB, Towson (LOC)
Tim White, WR, Arizona State (WOR)
Darrell Williams, OT, Western Kentucky (WOR)
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (PRI)
Tim Williams, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, Alabama (PRI)
Jordan Willis, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Kansas State (PRI)
Chris Wormley^, DT/DE/3-4DE, Michigan (PRO, PRI)
Deangelo Yancey^, WR, Purdue (STM, PRO, PRI)
So what does this tell us? Well, we met with our eventual first round pick every year in which we had a first round pick in this sample size, so it seems like they don't purposely not interview the players they want in the first. After the first though... it seems like a crap-shoot. We interview around 25 prospects for every 1 we actually draft. Most of the players we draft each year after the first round are never even interviewed, at least according to what we know from these databases. Of our second round picks over this stretch, we only interviewed Torrey Smith.
What I wish I had consistent in all of this data is when/where we are meeting these prospects. A meeting in private might be weighted more heavily than a meeting at the EW Shrine Game, for example.
Another thing we will never know is just how much the Ravens actually coveted a player they didn't even have a chance to draft. For example, the Ravens never actually interviewed Khalil Mack, but they attempted to trade up from 17 to get him. They interviewed and really coveted Marcus Peters, but they never had the chance to draft him. And they twice met with and then tried to trade up for Jalen Ramsey, but Jerry Jones thought we actually wanted Elliott for some reason, so that never happened. Needless to say, it's hard to know who they really want in a given year.
Anyway, this list is nostalgic if nothing else.