The St. Louis Rams have requested permission to interview Eric DeCosta, the Baltimore Ravens Director of Player Personnel, according to Pro Football Talk. DeCosta would be interviewing for the team's General Manager position, vacant following the firing of Billy Devaney.
If true, this would be the first confirmed candidate for the Rams' GM job.
DeCosta is considered one of the rising young stars in the NFL front office world. He joined the Ravens in 1996 and worked his way up through the scouting department. Prior to being promoted to his current position in 2009, DeCosta served as the Ravens' Director of College Scouting.
His record with the Ravens speaks for itself. Few teams in the NFL have done what the Ravens have managed to do through the draft, keeping their roster stocked with talent. You can take a look back at their draft history courtesy of Pro Football Reference.
DeCosta will be one of the more desirable GM candidates on the market. Already, the Oakland Raiders are said to be interested, and other teams could jump into the mix. The Colts have also requested permission to interview DeCosta for their GM opening. Don't rule out the Ravens, either. DeCosta has been referred to in the past as the eventual successor to current Baltimore GM Ozzie Newsome.