One week into Ravens training camp in 2008, coach John Harbaugh pulled aside safety Tom Zbikowski to share a company secret.
Harbaugh confided that if it were up to him, Zbikowski would be anywhere other than the Ravens practice field flailing around like the out-of-shape rookie he was.
“I was 225 pounds with a beer gut, and John told me, ‘I really wanted Craig Steltz because he’s bigger and more athletic,’ ’’ recalled Zbikowski, the 86th overall selection in the third round of the 2008 NFL draft. Steltz went in the fourth round to the Bears, 34 picks later.
“I knew (Ravens general manager) Ozzie Newsome and (then-defensive coordinator) Rex Ryan wanted me but John...