While doing my homework on the Ravens and their history in the NFL draft, I spent a little time exploring our Ravens draft database (sorry for the shameless plug, but it's pretty neat feature if you haven't checked it out). In no particular order, here are some trends and random factoids from the 126 picks they've made in 16 years.
When I got home last night, I didn't know if my chills were coming from having stood out in the rain coaching lacrosse for two hours, or hearing the news that Kyle Boller might return as the Ravens backup quarterback.
As we close in on the 2012 NFL draft, we'll take a look at how the Ravens have fared in recent drafts. It's too soon to give a fair evaluation from the 2010 and 2011 classes, but three years of NFL service time is enough for us to grade their 2007, 2008 and 2009 classes. In today's blog post, we will break down the 2009 class.
As we close in on the 2012 NFL draft, we'll take a look at how the Baltimore Ravens have fared in recent drafts. It's too soon to give a fair evaluation from the 2010 and 2011 classes, but three years of NFL service time is enough for us to grade their 2007, 2008 and 2009 classes. In today's blog post, we will break down the 2007 class.
Every weekday through April 25, the day before the first round of the NFL draft, The Sun will examine where the Ravens stand at each position, the likelihood that they will address that spot early in the draft and some of the prospects that they may consider. Today, we'll examine the quarterback position:
The Baltimore Ravens have made at least one trade in each of the past 10 drafts and 14 of 16 overall. Their preference has been to trade back, but they can be aggressive when trying to secure a player they believe is special. And with eight picks this year, the Ravens have the assets to move around.
According to former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, Kyle Boller wasn't the best college quarterback prospect he saw in his time in Baltimore. That would be JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 and one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was back in Baltimore on Friday to take a physical and officially sign his new five-year, $50 million extension. Webb, who was a restricted free agent, is now under contract through the 2017 season. The Ravens gave him a lucrative contract because they feel he can become one of the NFL's top cornerbacks. But according to stats from Pro Football Focus, Webb might already be there.
The Ravens lost an ironman and a fan favorite when outside linebacker Jarret Johnson signed a four-year, $19 million deal with the San Diego Chargers last month. Since then, head coach John Harbaugh has twice hyped up Paul Kruger, who in his fourth season is the favorite to land the starting spot that had belonged to Johnson.
It wouldn't be spring if Ed Reed wasn't jockeying for a new long-term contract, and I hope he gets one, but his radio comments the other night were way over the top. He's been treated like one of the minor Greek gods around here for a long time, and somebody needs to remind him that he signed that contract that he now considers disrespectful.
As the clock ticks down to the 2012 NFL draft -- Round 1 is on the night of April 29 -- let's take a look at which draft prospects the Ravens are being linked to in recent mock drafts from national analysts.
"We have to upgrade the offensive line," Ravens coach John Harbaugh saud during the owners meetings Tuesday at The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. "I don't even know if we have a full complement of linemen to be on our 53-man roster right now."
Free agent defensive end Mark Anderson, who had 12 1/2 sacks in 19 games for the New England Patriots last season, was at the Ravens complex in Owings Mills today to meet with team officials, according to league sources.
The Ravens said they wanted to upgrade the offensive line in the offseason, but so far they haven't. It's still early, but it looks like the team has pretty much committed to the same bunch of characters from a year ago.
The Ravens saw two starters leave in free agency Wednesday and could lose guard Ben Grubbs as well. Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson signed with the Chargers, and defensive end Cory Redding landed with the Colts.
Making a splash by throwing around cash on talent from other teams isn't usually the Ravens' style, though that's not to say that they haven't made significant signings in their 16-year, going-on-17-year history.
The Ravens announced Monday that they have released cornerback Domonique Foxworth. Foxworth, who hails from Randallstown and played college football at Maryland, played in just two games for the Ravens the past two seasons after tearing his right ACL in 2010.
The Houston Texans have reportedly agreed to a contract extension with running back Arian Foster, a deal that will surely be discussed in the ongoing contract negotiations between the Ravens and running back Ray Rice. Both are 25, Pro Bowl players and key offensive contributors on teams that won their divisions in 2011.
The Ravens would like to improve their offensive line during the offseason, but the best move they could make in free agency would be re-signing Ben Grubbs, who could soon be one of the top guards available.