As diminutive Ravens running back Bobby Rainey and punter Sam Koch belted several home runs at Ripken Stadium, cornerback Lardarius Webb came away even more impressed by what surrounded his teammates Sunday in Aberdeen.
Just two days ago, the Ravens wrapped another successful draft, selecting a 10-player class that is being hailed as one of the weekend's best by many draft analysts. Next there are minicamps, offseason workouts and later a training camp to be conducted, and, eventually, games will be played. But who cares about all that? Let's look ahead to the 2014 NFL draft.
Jimmy Smith has prototypical size for the cornerback position. He has the speed to bump receivers then trail them down the sideline. He has confidence to burn, too, which is always a good thing to have at that position. In his first two seasons with the Ravens, Smith showed occasional flashes, but he couldn¿t stay on the field long enough to live up to expectations.
Each week, blogger Matt Vensel fires a few questions at rookie cornerback and kick returner Asa Jackson. The Ravens' fifth-round pick in April's draft, Jackson is a Sacramento native who played his college ball at Cal Poly. He hopes to play in next Sunday's Super Bowl.
It wasn't exactly a repeat of Broadway Joe Namath's bold prediction, but Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco did express confidence in the AFC North champions' chances Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
The Ravens promoted rookie safety Omar Brown from the practice squad to the active roster, taking over the spot vacated by rookie cornerback Asa Jackson, who is suspended for the next four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.