Indianapolis, IN Greetings from LucasOil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana; where we have gathered for the annual NFL Scouting Combine. I’ll be providing updates below, as well as answering your questions throughout the day.
5:16pm-Stanford RB Toby Gerhart is on the Ravens’ radar, as no team will have scouted him better. Aside from playing for John Harbaugh’s brother Jim Harbaugh with the Cardinal; Toby actually had Jack Harbaugh (John’s father) as a RB coach leading up to the Sun Bowl matchup against Oklahoma.
Gerhart is a potential Ravens target should there be movement made at RB, and there has been speculation he might be a FB at the NFL level. However, Gerhart says he thinks he’s more like “Eddie George or Corey Dillon”, and believes he will be a true RB as a pro.
He said Jim, Jack and John Harbaugh are all “identical”, and “crazy in a good way.” He described the coaching trio as “firey.”
You can hear from Toby Gerhart in the Audio Vault here at WNST.net.
4:20pm-In the last hour, I’ve caught up with quite a few potential Ravens targets. Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon is expected to go in the first 3 rounds, and he might be the most outgoing player at the entire Combine. He’s meeting with the Ravens tonight.
Auburn LB Antonio Coleman will be a Saturday pick-he said he had a solid relationship his freshman year with current Ravens OG Ben Grubbs. Much like Ozzie Newsome is known to target Crimson Tide players, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz campaign to add other Tigers.
James Madison LB Arthur Moats said that in his two meetings with Delaware, he tallied 3 1/2 sacks on Ravens QB Joe Flacco. He’s expected to be a mid-round pick, and he has already met with the Ravens; they talked to him about different “schemes.” He said he feels a kinship with Flacco and current UMass OL Vladimir Ducasse (another potential Ravens target), as there aren’t tons of players who make the jump from the CAA to the NFL.
Clemson LB Ricky Sapp has talked with the Ravens-he says the team (and other NFL teams who have looked at him) are satisfied with what they saw in his knee-he was dealing with an ACL issue.
I also spoke with TCU LB Daryl Washington and Cal WR Verran Tucker-neither player has met with the Ravens yet, but both believe they will tonight. As Washington showed me, the players have a scheduled listed on the back of their nametag-but it doesn’t say which teams they’re meeting with, only times. This is apparently done to prevent players from researching the teams they are to meet with and preparing answers specific to their audience.
3:08pm-Here’s the video of John Harbaugh addressing Terrell Owens today in Indianapolis…
2:53pm-Check out the Audio Vault here on the front page of WNST.net NOW to hear John Harbaugh’s meeting with the media here in the Media Center at the NFL Combine.
It is up there in two parts-the first was his formal “podium” session, the second was his “informal” session away from the podium.
Clearly, the most significant thing to come from either session involved Harbaugh admitting the Ravens “were interested” in free agent WR Terrell Owens, which is in line with what we have reported at WNST.net throughout the day.
Harbaugh also touched on Donte’ Stallworth, Troy Smith, Willis McGahee, Derrick Mason, Dwan Edwards, Billy Cundiff, Jim Zorn, Terrell Suggs, Ted Monachino, Joe Flacco, Matt Birk, Ozzie Newsome and more. Check it out!
1:32pm-Things have really picked up here this afternoon. I’ve spoken to a number of potential Ravens targets in the last hour, but haven’t had a chance to update all of them. Follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the latest. Will update shortly. In the meantime, the media center nearly came to a stop when Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford entered…
12:14pm-Just briefly bumped into Arizona State DE/OLB prospect Dexter Davis, who told me he had a good meeting with the Ravens as well. Davis is 6’2″, 255 pounds and moves well. He’s transitioning to OLB after posting 28 1/2 sacks during his career with the Sun Devils. He struggled with the switch during his week at the East West Shrine Game in Orlando; but certainly has the pedigree to rush the passer.
The Ravens aren’t disappointed with the last pass rusher they took out of Tempe….you might know him….Terrell Suggs? But unlike T-Sizzle, Davis won’t be coming off the board in the first round, he’ll be a day 3 selection.
11:53am-I guess it’s Ole Miss day here in the Media Center. WR Shay Hodge just stepped in, told me he’s already met with the Ravens’ entire staff, and answered a lot of questions from WR Coach Jim Hostler. He said he thought the meeting went “really well.” Hodge checks in at 6’1″, 207 pounds; and is coming off a 1,135 yard season in Oxford.
He told me he thinks his “route running” and ability to “catch jump balls” will separate him from other receivers in the Draft. He told me he looks at Ravens OT Michael Oher (a former Mississippi teammate) as a “big brother”, and that he has received a number of texts from Oher this week, with the big man telling him he wants to see Hodge in Charm City.
There’s no doubt that the Ravens love players that come from SEC schools. Ozzie Newsome is from Alabama, Joe Hortiz from Auburn. 2 of their last 3 first round picks (Oher and Ben Grubbs) have come from the SEC.
11:26am-Just spoke to Ole Miss RB/WR Dexter McCluster after his press availability (which you can hear in the Audio Vault just to your left on the home page at WNST.net). McCluster said he definitely sees the comparisons between himself and Ravens RB Ray Rice, as both are backs who “work hard”, and they’re obviously similar in size and style. McCluster believes he’ll be used out wide more than Rice.
When I spoke to Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz about McCluster, he said that the Ravens (or any other NFL team) would have to have a plan to use him in multiple ways. A team interested in a Running Back wouldn’t just take McCluster, but a team interested in an offensive weapon would. Cam Cameron would have to have a real idea of how they could make him a threat.
McCluster spoke very highly of his former Rebels teammate Michael Oher, and also of FB Jason Cook-who was with the Ravens in Training Camp last summer.
10:33am-The reasoning for my cryptic messages regarding Terrell Owens was to allow Drew Forrester to put together what we knew about it. There IS interest from the Ravens in Terrell Owens. There’s just no doubt about that. We DON’T know what John Harbaugh’s relationship was with Owens in Philadelphia, but we have confirmation (as you can read if you check out Drew’s blog to my right) that there is interest in Owens within the organization. Feel free to discuss amongst yourselves…
10:28am-I just spoke to a source within the Arizona Cardinals organization. He told me the Cards WERE more interested in trading Anquan Boldin this year than they were last year. BUT-they’re not just going to give up on “Q” for the sake of moving him. They want more and better picks this year, knowing they’ll probably need to draft a QB to be prepared behind Matt Leinart in the event Leinart still hasn’t developed now taking over for the retired Kurt Warner. You have to assume that Rod Graves would want AT LEAST a 2nd round pick for Boldin, probably a combo. Will be interesting to follow…
10:00am-Clifton Brown from the Sporting News speculated the other day that the Ravens would be interested in former Bills/Cowboys/Eagles/49ers WR Terrell Owens, who is currently a free agent. Owens IS 6’3″ and would probably come cheap, but has questionable history with the Ravens (especially GM Ozzie Newsome). He was with John Harbaugh in Philly, and in order for the Ravens to sign off on T.O., Coach Harbs would probably need a good history with the oft-criticized receiver.
Here’s the real question. What would your reaction be if the Ravens were to pursue Terrell Owens?
9:50am-Bruce Campbell posted a 4.78 40. If you’re watching the NFL Network or NFL.com coverage from here in Indy, I don’t think you’ve seen another Lineman go under 5. Campbell also measured in with an OL-high 36 1/4 inch arms, and 10 1/2 inch hands. He did 34 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. There’s a reason he left College Park despite never REALLY fulfilling his potential as a Terp. He’s going to get RICH.
9:16am-Defensive Linemen and Linebackers are scheduled to appear today-we’ll be looking to talk to the likes of troubled Florida rusher Carlos Dunlap, Michigan giant Brandon Graham, Georgia Tech freak Derrick Morgan, a seemingly healthy Greg Hardy from Ole Miss, and Terrapins killer Mike McLaughlin from Boston College.
Offensive Linemen are out on the field today, Maryland OT Bruce Campbell is your first star of the day; as he posted times of 4.78 & 4.81 in the 40 despite a 6’6″, 314 pound frame. Wow.