Ravens rookie minicamp primer
Ravens rookies have been at the Under Armour Performance Center all week, going through light, walk-through practices, taking part in meetings and starting to acclimate themselves to the ways of the NFL.
On Friday, that process will accelerate with the official start of a three-day rookie minicamp. For the organization's top draft picks, a group headed by linebacker C.J. Mosley, the minicamp is a good opportunity to learn the system, gain a familiarity with the way the Ravens do things and develop a rapport with position coaches. For undrafted free agents and tryout players, it is the first -- and in some cases only -- chance to impress team officials and prove worthy of a roster spot.
Here are beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec's five storylines to watch:
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How will Timmy Jernigan look?( Matthew Emmons, Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports / January 6, 2014 )
Jernigan, the defensive tackle out of Florida State who was selected in the second round, is probably the Ravens' rookie that will be under the most scrutiny. Viewed as a mid first-round talent, Jernigan fell to the second round because of concerns about his conditioning and his diluted drug specimen at the NFL scouting combine.
Jernigan attributed the positive test to hydration issues but he also acknowledged that he's had trouble keeping on weight this offseason. His conditioning was already a topic of discussion after he looked winded for long stretches of the national championship game. He says he's just over 300 pounds now but he's going to have to prove to the Ravens that he can be trusted.
Brent Urban, the other defensive end the Ravens drafted, had ankle surgery in February and probably won't be a full go until training camp.