With their three-day rookie minicamp set to begin on Friday, the Ravens continue to make progress with their draft picks as fourth-round pick Gino Gradkowski and seventh-rounder DeAngelo Tyson agreed to contracts on Thursday.
Gradkowski, a center from the University of Delaware, agreed to a four-year contract as the Ravens have plans for him to become their center of the future. With veteran Matt Birk’s future in doubt beyond the 2012 season — the three-year contract he signed earlier in the off-season is essentially structured to be a one-year deal — Gradkowski is expected to work at both center and guard in his rookie season.
A defensive tackle from Georgia, Tyson will compete for a spot in a defensive line rotation that lost veterans Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney in free agency. However, Tyson faces a challenging competition with the recent signings of veterans Ryan McBean and Ma’ake Kemoeatu.
The Ravens have three remaining draft picks to sign to contracts. Second-round pick Courtney Upshaw of Alabama, third-round pick Bernard Pierce of Temple, and sixth-rounder Tommy Streeter are the remaining members of the 2012 draft class who haven’t agreed to terms with Baltimore.