A pair of former Baltimore Ravens have tried out for NFL teams. According to league sources with knowledge of the situation, former Ravens sixth-round linebacker and special-teams contributor Prescott Burgess auditioned for the Cincinnati Bengals.
It's tough to look at the Baltimore defense and not see that the Ravens are starting four former undrafted free agents and that a trio of recent second-round draft picks is coming off the bench. Jimmy Smith, a 2011 first-round pick, will become a starter Sunday because cornerback Lardarius Webb suffered a season-ending knee injury. They smartly nabbed their other starting cornerback, Cary Williams, off the Tennessee Titans practice squad. Of the 14 defensive players they drafted from 2007 to 2011, only two are starters and six are no longer with the team.
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.
John Harbaugh says motivation is a two-way street for the Ravens and the Steelers. ... Prescott Burgess is headed to the injured reserve. ... Toronto Blue Jays exec Tony LaCava turned down the Orioles' offer to become their next general manager. ... For the first time in 13 years, the Orioles have multiple Gold Glove winners. ... Randy Edsall says he is "not panicking" about the Terps' 2-6 start. ... Navy was reportedly invited to join the Big East as a football-only member.
Baltimore Grand Prix attendees spent as much as $25 million at the Labor Day weekend event, which was far short of the $70 million projected by race organizers. ... The Ravens waived Mark LeVoir and brought back Prescott Burgess. ... The Orioles on Tuesday interviewed Jerry Dipoto, the first candidate to replace Andy MacPhail the team has met with. ... It looks like the Alfredo Simon saga in the Dominican Republic isn¿t over yet, as another hearing was pushed back. ... After a breakout game against Clemson, C.J. Brown is no longer Maryland's well-kept secret at quarterback. ... Tomas Vokoun and the Capitals shut out the Panthers, 3-0, to stay unbeaten.