From contract negotiations with quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice to a potentially season-ending Achilles injury to star linebacker Terrell Suggs to coach John Harbaugh's comments on the New England Patriots to mercurial safety Ed Reed's controversial radio interviews, the Ravens have made plenty of off-the-field news this offseason.
The Baltimore Ravens don't play their first preseason game until three months from now and veteran players aren't obligated to be in Baltimore until a mandatory minicamp next month. But that hasn't stopped many of the players from taking an active role in the community during the offseason. Matt Birk's charity event on Monday night is a great example.
When the Baltimore Ravens selected Gino Gradkowski, an interior lineman from Delaware, in last month's NFL draft, their intention was to groom him to eventually become the successor to Matt Birk. Gradkowski, a fourth-round pick, has said that he is eager to pick the veteran center¿s brain. And on Monday, at a charity event for his HIKE Foundation, Birk said he would gladly teach Gradkowski whatever he wants to learn.
Last weekend, the Ravens drafted Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw to complement Terrell Suggs, the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. But after today's unfortunate news, he might have to replace him.
Temporarily ignoring their needs on the offensive line, the Ravens made linebacker Courtney Upshaw, a defensive standout on an Alabama team that won the national championship last season, their first selection of the 2012 draft.
Each day this week leading up to Thursday's NFL draft, we will highlight one prospect whom the Ravens could draft with the 29th overall pick. Today's player is Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower, one of four Crimson Tide defenders who are expected to be selected in the first round.
Every weekday until Wednesday, 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.
The Ravens could use their 29th overall draft pick in next Thursday's first round on a guard or they could just as easily sign one of the available free agents at the position. Reid, however, isn't spending a whole lot of time thinking about either scenario. He's too busy trying to earn the position for himself.
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.
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.
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."