By Jeff Zrebiec
9:17 AM EST, February 23, 2012
I just arrived to Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the NFL Scouting Combines. The event will go until next Tuesday, but a case could be made that today is one of the most significant days for Ravens’ officials.
That’s because offensive linemen are scheduled to interview with potentially interested teams, undergo psychological and physical testing and then meet with the media. They’ll participate in workouts and drills on Saturday, and Ravens offensive line coach Andy Moeller will be one of the coaches to lead the workouts.
Also, today marks the first day teams can start conducting interviews with wide receivers. By now, everybody knows that General Manager Ozzie Newsome, who heads a large Ravens’ contingent here that includes executives, coaches, scouts, doctors, trainers and other support staff, has listed the offensive line and wide receiver positions as two of the team’s biggest priorities.
The draft is still more than two months away, but almost every mock draft that you see has the Ravens taking an offensive lineman with the 29th overall pick on April 26. So it will be interesting this week to get a look at and hear from a lot of these guys that will be connected to the Ravens, guys like Stanford’s Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro, Wisconsin’s Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler, Ohio State’s Mike Adams and Georgia’s Cordy Glenn.
Newsome will speak to reporters tomorrow afternoon, and I’m assuming that he’ll be asked far more questions about the status of quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and guard Ben Grubbs than he will about the draft class.
Ravens officials are expected to meet with the agents of Rice and Flacco about long-term contract extensions this week. It’s important that they do so, but I wouldn’t expect any huge developments in either situation. Those deals are expected to take days, weeks or even months to negotiate, not a few hours.
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