The comparison is inevitable. Eight years ago, Joe Flacco, a tall, strong-armed quarterback out of Delaware, made the jump from the Football Championship Subdivision to be made a first-round draft choice by the Ravens.
This year, North Dakota State's Carson Wentz is hoping to make a similar jump and Flacco's success with the Ravens shows it can be done.
"The success of guys like Joe Flacco, Tony Romo and the list goes on, whether it's other quarterbacks or position players, there's a lot of talented individuals at the FCS level that can play, especially a guy like Flacco coming in early right away as a rookie and winning some ballgames," Wentz said.
Wentz, who is 6 feet 5 and 232 pounds, led North Dakota State to FCS titles in his two years as its starter. Now, he's competing with California's Jared Goff to become the first quarterback selected in the draft.
End zone: According to the NFL Players Association, the Ravens will carry over $1.63 million of salary cap space from last year into this season. That number is well below the league average. … Ravens coach John Harbaugh said former Ravens safety Ed Reed didn't give him a "heads-up or text" before he accepted the assistant secondary coach job with the Buffalo Bills. "I think it's a great fit for him," Harbaugh said. "He's going to be a heck of a coach." … Harbaugh said the Ravens have hired longtime athletic trainer Steve Saunders as a performance coach as part of changes to the organization's strength and conditioning and training programs.