The Ravens ran a bunch of sprints in front of media members on Tuesday, but we were given only a few press passes for the workouts at Towson University, so I got left in The Baltimore Sun newsroom with the rest of the “B” team (that’s not to be confused with the b team, my previous employers who work upstairs).
That doesn’t mean I didn’t learn a little bit about the Ravens’ rookies from the comfort of my cubicle. The team emailed out bios of the eight members of the team’s 2011 draft class on Tuesday. Here are some fun factoids -- one for each Ravens newbie -- that I discovered in the 12-page document the Ravens released.
Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado: The first-round pick has four brothers who played college football -- Ryan Smalls (Millikin), Terrance Smalls (Illinois), Paul Smith (New Mexico) and Anthony Smalls (Idaho State).
Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland: Smith was the Terps’ Scout Team Player of the Year in his redshirt freshman season.
Jah Reid, OT, Central Florida: The third-rounder helped three teammates rush for at least 650 yards in his senior year, which is worth noting should the three-headed monster return in 2011.
Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana: Doss, selected in Round 4, was the Hoosiers’ Special Teams Player of the Year in 2009 after returning 25 kicks for 533 yards and four punts for 44 yards.
Chykie Brown, CB, Texas: His first name is actually pronounced “Shockey” like the overrated tight end.
Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State: He went to the same high school as Anquan Boldin -- Pahokee H.S. in Florida.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech: Coming out of high school, the sixth-round pick was rated as the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat QB by Rivals.com after he racked up 7,690 yards of total offense.
Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech: Allen lettered in track and field in high school, competing in the 100-meter run, high jump, long jump and triple jump. He was also a three-year starter at linebacker.