INDIANAPOLIS — The first day of the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium will feature a relatively rare occurrence: Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome behind the microphone.
Newsome is one of a number of NFL executives or head coaches who will speak to reporters today on the first full day of the NFL scouting combine. Newsome's news conference is tentatively scheduled for 5 p.m. Former Ravens assistants and current NFL head coaches Jack Del Rio (Oakland Raiders), Gary Kubiak (Denver Broncos), Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns) and Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills) are also scheduled to speak to reporters.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh is not currently scheduled to have a press conference. The league asks teams to have either their general manager or head coach speak to reporters at the combine. Harbaugh represented the Ravens last year, so it's Newsome's turn this year.
Newsome, who traditionally doesn't give away a whole lot in his dealings with the media, will likely be asked about the team's expected meeting this week with Joe Linta, the agent for Joe Flacco, and the efforts to lower the quarterback's $28.55 million salary cap number for 2016; the organization's limited salary cap space; his feelings on the draft's class; and the health of several key players coming off injuries, including Steve Smith Sr., Breshad Perriman and Terrell Suggs.
The first wave of prospects is also scheduled to due to reporters as part of their itinerary, which includes medical examinations and meetings with teams.
Running backs, offensive linemen, kickers, punters and long snappers will take center stage Wednesday. For the Ravens, that means an opportunity to speak to Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil and Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley.
The Ravens do their homework on every prospect, so they'll undoubtedly speak to Tunsil even though he's expected to be drafted before the Ravens are on the clock with the sixth overall pick. Tunsel is a candidate to be selected first overall by the Tennessee Titans.
Stanley is a more realistic target for the Ravens, who have significant questions at left tackle with Eugene Monroe struggling to stay healthy and Kelechi Osemele potentially leaving in free agency.
It also will be a big day for Maryland kicker Brad Craddock who will get an opportunity to make his case to potentially interested teams. At this point, the Ravens aren't in the market for a kicker but they will have to decide over the next week whether or not to place the franchise tag on Justin Tucker before the March 1 deadline. Of course, that would become a moot point if the Ravens and Tucker are able to reach agreement on a long-term contract extension.
It's expected that the Ravens will meet with Tucker's agent, Robert Roche, this week.