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Live From Indianapolis: Harbaugh Says Ravens “Interested” in Terrell Owens

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Live From Indianapolis: Harbaugh Says Ravens “Interested” in Terrell Owens

Posted on 27 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

-G

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Draft Season Turns to Indy for Annual NFL Scouting Combine

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Draft Season Turns to Indy for Annual NFL Scouting Combine

Posted on 23 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Welcome to the 5th installment of my NFL Draft profiles for 2010. If you missed my first 4 installments, I previewed players who participated in the East West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl; then recapped those performances in Orlando and Mobile, as well as those who participated in the Texas vs. The Nation game in El Paso.

Here are the players you can go back and read profiles of if you check my previous installments…

QB’s
Daryll Clark (Penn State), Sean Canfield (Oregon State), Max Hall (BYU), Jarrett Brown (West Virginia), Jonathan Crompton (Tennessee), Ryan Perrilloux (Jacksonville State)
RB Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss), Trindon Holliday (LSU)
WR’s Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati), Verran Tucker (Cal), Blair White (Michigan State), Jeremy Williams (Tulane), Taylor Price (Ohio), Marcus Easley (UConn), Juamorris Stewart (Southern)
TE’s Andrew Quarless (Penn State), Richard Dickson (LSU), Jimmy Graham (Miami), Riar Geer (Colorado), Ed Dickson (Oregon)
OG’s Mike Iupati (Idaho), Jeff Byers (USC)
OT’s Vladimir Ducasse (UMass), Rodger Saffold (Indiana)
C John Estes (Hawaii), Kevin Matthews (Texas A&M)
DE’s Greg Hardy (Ole Miss), Brandon Graham (Michigan), Alex Carrington (Arkansas State), E.J. Wilson (North Carolina)
DT Travis Ivey (Maryland)
LB’s Ross Pospisil (Navy), Jason Beauchamp (UNLV), Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri), Daryl Washington (TCU)
S’s Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech), T.J. Ward (Oregon), Myron Rolle (Florida State), Van Eskridge (East Carolina)
CB’s Devin Ross (Arizona), Brian Jackson (Oklahoma), Trevard Lindley (Kentucky), Javier Arenas (Alabama), Alterraun Verner (UCLA), Kyle Wilson (Boise State), Cornelius Brown (UTEP)
K’s Leigh Tiffin (Alabama), Hunter Lawrence (Texas)
P Brent Bowden (Virginia Tech)

Draft season now heads to “The Friendly Heart of the Midwest” as our buddy Merton would say, with the annual NFL Scouting Combine at LucasOil Stadium in Indianapolis. The hottest words around Draft season right now are “Will he or won’t he?”, with players deciding whether or not they will work out in Indy. It is mostly quarterbacks who choose to pass, but injuries could keep other players from taking part in the weekend.

The Ravens DID see some player movement since my last update (signing Donte’ Stallworth and releasing TE Quinn Sypniewski), but my team needs remain the same…

1-WR
2-TE
3-CB
4-OLB/DE
5-S
6-G/C
7-OT
8-QB
9-K
10-P

Here are the next 10 players worth taking a look at during the NFL Draft. Thanks to CBSSports.com, NFLDraftScout.com, The AP and Wikipedia for help in research, as well as the individuals  players’ respective collegiate athletics websites. Starting with this update, I will also include a brief note on the players involved from Joe Hortiz-Director of College Scouting for the Baltimore Ravens. I asked Joe to give me a Twitter-style (140 characters or less) statement about potential Ravens targets.

OT Bruce Campbell (Maryland)

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I don’t know how many teams will have to protect their QB’s from rogue monster truck tires in pursuit, but the team that selects Campbell will be happy to know that he is all too capable of handling the job.

Terrapins strength coach Dwight Galt told ESPN.com last year that Campbell was “the offensive line version of Vernon Davis.” If that’s the case, NFL scouts watching Campbell this weekend should be prepared for a VERY impressive workout performance, as Indy was where Davis set himself up to be selected 6th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006.

Campbell is a monster, measuring in at 6’7″, 310 pounds; and it’s almost all muscle. The obvious comparisons will be to current Ravens OT Jared Gaither, and no NFL source I’ve talked to about Campbell has felt the need to dismiss the comparison.

While some analysts believe he is a Top 10 talent, others say he’s only a borderline 1st round pick. The biggest red flag on Campbell’s resume is his health-he was able to start only 17 games during his career in College Park due to turf toe and a knee injury. Drafting Campbell would have be a sign that the Ravens can’t afford to keep former Terp Gaither in Charm City long term.

Joe Hortiz says: “Athletic kid, can function at LT. Health not a major concern. Tall, long frame.” Hortiz also felt that it was fair to compare Campbell to Gaither, and other OT’s with big builds.

What might hurt Bruce Campbell’s draft stock? He’s been known to keep some questionable company…..

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TE Rob Gronkowski (Arizona)

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Like Bruce Campbell, Gronkowski departed school a year early, and the Combine will be very important as he was unable to participate in any all-star games. However, the Combine (and the rest of Draft season) will be even more important for Gronkowski, as he missed his entire junior season in 2009 due to back surgery. The man known as “Gronk” around Tucson has to prove not just that he’s healthy, but also that he’s ready, and that missing the entire season didn’t cause him to fall off in football ability.

He is part of football blood, as his brother Dan Gronkowski previously played for Maryland and is now with the Detroit Lions; and his brother Chris Gronkowski just finished his own Wildcats career after transferring from Maryland.

Gronkowski’s size is what immediately jumps out (no pun intended), as he measures in at 6’6″, 265 pounds and he turned plenty of heads during his two seasons with the Cats, making 75 catches for 1,197 yards and 16 TD’s. Some might compare him to Todd Heap when Heap came out of Arizona State-and while he might not be quite the big play guy Heap was early on in his career, he’s bigger and might be a more consistent target.

Joe Hortiz says: “Really good year as a sophomore, understood how to get open. Better than his brothers, and it’s probably not even close.”

WR Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas)

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The best thing about potentially drafting Dezmon Briscoe would be the opportunity for the Ravens to have him and David Tyree hold a helmet catching competition in Training Camp. I’ll go with Tyree, but Briscoe’s was pretty good too.

Briscoe’s decision to leave Lawrence following his junior season with the Jayhawks was a bit puzzling, especially considering he claimed it had nothing to do with Mark Mangino’s firing. That being said, Briscoe’s size (6’3″, 200 pounds) and numbers (218 catches for 3,240 yards and 31 TD’s) make him look a LOT like a player who is ready for the next level. The issue is his speed-as he’s projected to only run a 4.62 40.

With the acquisition of Stallworth not addressing the Ravens’ need for a big receiver, Briscoe could be the type of player available on Friday night (or even Saturday) with sleeper potential they could consider should they go elsewhere with their first few picks.

Joe Hortiz says: “Good speed, big guy. Had a really good year. Not a blow by you burner, but good stride.”

WR Riley Cooper (Florida)

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I have no reason to believe that Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta are looking for the ability to make circus catches in players they scout, but if they are-both the aforementioned Briscoe and Cooper would be solid choices.

Cooper is a tough case to fully understand, as he didn’t become much of a numbers guy in the Gators’ offense until 2009, when he grabbed 51 balls for 961 yards and 9 TD’s. However, his 6’4″, 215 pound frame always made him a potential redzone target for Tim Tebow in Gainesville, as he finished his career with 18 TD grabs.

Cooper is a hell of an athlete, as he was also selected by the Texas Rangers in the MLB Entry Draft, but he chose to pursue an NFL future instead. An impressive weekend in Indianapolis could help bump him up from the later rounds to a Thursday or Friday night selection. Much like Briscoe, he could be a value to the Ravens if they look at another position on Thursday night.

Joe Hortiz says: “Tough kid. Really good baseball player-a lot of upside from being able to dedicate himself to football.”

RB Toby Gerhart (Stanford)

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There is no NFL team that will have as much information on Gerhart as the Ravens will, as John Harbaugh can turn to his brother Jim Harbaugh-who is of course the head coach in Palo Alto. Harbaugh’s father Jack Harbaugh was also Gerhart’s position coach for the Cardinal leading up to their loss to Oklahoma in the Brut Sun Bowl.

The obvious thing that jumps out about Gerhart is his size-as he measures in at 6’1″, 235 pounds; and uses every pound effectively in running the football. His tremendous senior season (1,871 yards and 27 TD’s) made him a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which many Pac 10 and West Coast analysts felt he deserved to win.

Gerhart will inevitably be compared to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers back Mike Alstott, but multiple league scouts have told me they believe he deserves the chance to play a more natural running back position before being converted to fullback or a 3rd down/goal line specialist. Without a natural fullback last season (and with Lorenzo Neal having handled the position quite well in 2008), the Ravens could consider Gerhart as part of a bigger backfield alongside Le’Ron McClain should he stay on the board until late Friday night.

Joe Hortiz says: “Really good career-runs hard, needs to get lower. Doesn’t lose a lot of yards. Similar to Le’Ron McClain.”

RB Ben Tate (Auburn)

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As much as it had to have pained a Crimson Tide legend like Ozzie Newsome to have selected Auburn OG Ben Grubbs in 2007, I think it is quite evident that the pick worked out. Now, should the Ravens choose to add Ben Tate to a backfield that includes Alabama’s Le’Ron McClain, there could be some awkward moments around Thanksgiving next year leading up to the Iron Bowl in the Ravens locker room.

If Willis McGahee’s future in Baltimore is in question, Ben Tate might be a similar running back for the Ravens do add into their backfield mix. Tate isn’t quite as big as McGahee (5’11″ to McGahee’s 6’1″); but he is a similar back in that he can both wear down the middle of a defense and then break out for yards to the outside.

Tate finished his SEC career with an impressive 3,321 yards and 24 TD’s; and he has respectable speed (he’s expected to post a 40 in the range of 4.50). He’s expected to be available Friday night or Saturday, and could be even more intriguing for the Ravens considering he lived on the Eastern Shore and played his high school ball at Snow Hill.

Fellow Auburn alum Joe Hortiz says: “Really good year (in ’09), between the tackles runner. Not game breaking speed.”

DE Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech)

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Could Derrick Morgan slip to the Ravens at 25? Probably not. Could he slip a little bit and the Ravens move up to grab him? Maybe. It certainly worked out for the Ravens in their pursuit of Michael Oher a season ago.

The comparisons with Morgan will be to Michael Johnson-the former Yellow Jackets DE drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals a season ago. And while Morgan isn’t quite as big up and down as Johnson (Morgan is 6’4″, 272 pounds to Johnson’s 6’7″, 266 pounds), he has an even better motor.

Morgan was especially impressive during his senior season, posting 12 sacks and forcing 2 fumbles in helping the Jackets win the ACC Championship and advance to the Orange Bowl. However, Morgan will have something to prove in Indianapolis after struggling against the Iowa Hawkeyes’ O-Line in Miami during the final game of his college career, and not being able to participate in any other postseason events due to leaving Atlanta a year early.

Joe Hortiz says: “He’ll be gone early. Grinding player, works his ass off.”

DE Carlos Dunlap (Florida)

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While the bulk of the NFL scouts I’ve talked to have said they don’t think Dunlap’s DUI arrest prior to the SEC Championship Game will prevent him from being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft; many of the same scouts have admitted to me that they thought it would impact whether or not the team they worked for would select Dunlap.

Arrest aside, Dunlap is a tremendous football player. He’s a beast on the outside, measuring in at 6’6″, 290 pounds. He collected 18 sacks over the last two seasons (before leaving a year early), including 2 in a blowout win over Cincinnati in January’s Sugar Bowl. He is deceptively quick for his massive frame, and is a blocking nightmare for any team that faces him.

ProFootballTalk.com/NBC Sports’ Mike Florio recently mocked Dunlap to the Ravens, which makes sense considering the fact that the Ravens need to upgrade their pass rush in the offseason, preferably with an end that can excel in a Greg Mattison scheme that doesn’t rely on blitzing.

Joe Hortiz says: “Compares to (Arizona Cardinals DL) Calais Campbell. Great frame, really good athletic traits. Still had 8 1/2 sacks despite up and down season.”

WR Danario Alexander (Missouri)

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Alexander recently underwent a 4th knee surgery, which will keep him from working out at the Combine or his own Pro Day in Columbia. This is absolutely THE biggest red flag for a player that might otherwise be an interesting prospect for the Ravens. Alexander will still attend this weekend’s Combine even if you don’t see him working out during the televised portion of the Combine on NFL Network. He’ll be there to participate in interviews and to take the Wonderlic test, but clearly teams will be most interested in his knee.

The good news about this most recent surgery is that it will likely keep him on the board until Saturday of Draft weekend. The Ravens will be hard pressed to find any other 6’5″, 215 pound receivers that are coming off a season with 113 catches, 1,781 yards and 14 TD’s that late in the Draft.

At the Senior Bowl, the biggest knock on Alexander was his inability to change directions quickly. This often happens when players who are #1 receivers in college are forced to move into more flexible roles at the next level. If the knee makes Alexander tentative, this will only get worse.

Joe Hortiz says: “Knee is an issue. Good run after catch ability.”

WR Brandon LaFell (LSU)

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If not spectacular, LaFell’s career in Baton Rouge was certainly solid. He finished with 650 or more yards in each of the last 3 seasons, including a career high 929 during his junior year. He caught 23 TD’s during his Tigers career, including 11 as a senior.

The biggest question mark surrounding LaFell has to be whether or not it is worth spending a high draft choice (either a 1 or a 2) on a player who may or may not be a prototypical #1 receiver at the next level. This is an especially big question mark for a Ravens team that desperately needs a go-to #1 receiver. LaFell has the size (6’3″, 206 pounds) and appears to have the speed (he’s expected to post a 40 in the range of 4.54), but doesn’t necessarily have the pedigree to just be expected to assume a #1 role in Cam Cameron’s offense.

An inevitable comparison will be made between LaFell and former Louisiana State WR Devery Henderson. Henderson had another solid season for the New Orleans Saints en route to winning Super Bowl XLIV, but he has been by no means spectacular at any point in his career despite being selected in the 2nd round of the 2004 Draft. Same for Bucs receiver Michael Clayton (also from LSU). LaFell will hope scouts notice that he is more similar in size to Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, who has been better (numbers wise) during his NFL career, despite a down season in 2009.

Joe Hortiz says: “Would have liked to see him show up at the Senior Bowl. Not a burner, but he’ll get by you. One of the better route runners.”

-G

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Draft Prospects Rise Across Texas, Nation in El Paso

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Draft Prospects Rise Across Texas, Nation in El Paso

Posted on 11 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Welcome to the 4th installment of my NFL Draft profiles. If you missed any of my first 3 installments previewing the East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl or recapping the All-Star Games in Orlando or Mobile; here are the players you can go back to check out profiles of…

QB’s Daryll Clark (Penn State), Sean Canfield (Oregon State), Max Hall (BYU), Jarrett Brown (West Virginia)
RB Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss)
WR’s Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati), Verran Tucker (Cal), Blair White (Michigan State), Jeremy Williams (Tulane), Taylor Price (Ohio)
TE’s Andrew Quarless (Penn State), Richard Dickson (LSU), Jimmy Graham (Miami), Riar Geer (Colorado), Ed Dickson (Oregon)
OG’s Mike Iupati (Idaho), Jeff Byers (USC)
OT’s Vladimir Ducasse (UMass), Rodger Saffold (Indiana)
C John Estes (Hawaii)
DE’s Greg Hardy (Ole Miss), Brandon Graham (Michigan), Alex Carrington (Arkansas State)
LB’s Ross Pospisil (Navy), Jason Beauchamp (UNLV), Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri), Daryl Washington (TCU)
S’s Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech), T.J. Ward (Oregon), Myron Rolle (Florida State), Van Eskridge (East Carolina)
CB’s Devin Ross (Arizona), Brian Jackson (Oklahoma), Trevard Lindley (Kentucky), Javier Arenas (Alabama), Alterraun Verner (UCLA), Kyle Wilson (Boise State)
K’s Leigh Tiffin (Alabama), Hunter Lawrence (Texas)

Super Bowl weekend, Draft season moved to El Paso for the annual “Texas vs. The Nation” All-Star game presented by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This installment will take a look at some of the risers from the week in El Paso.

No player movement, but my offseason priority list for the Ravens makes a couple adjustments…..
1-WR
2-TE
3-CB
4-OLB/DE
5-S
6-G/C
7-OT
8-QB
9-K
10-P

Thanks to CBSSports.com, SportingNews.com and SI.com for reports from the all-star games-and to NFLDraftScout.com & Wikipedia for help regarding particulars.

WR Marcus Easley (UConn)

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One of the more underrated WR prospects in this year’s draft class, Easley has the body of a NFL wide receiver even if he doesn’t have the profile or proof of the skill set just yet. Easley checks in at 6’3″, 214 pounds and is expected to post a very quick 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Easley came from out of nowhere for the Huskies, rising from walk-on to impact maker in 2009. He made 48 catches for 893 yards and 8 TD’s, all in his final 10 games. Coach Randy Edsall admitted that when he first joined the team, he had no idea who Easley was. Now, he appears to be a likely Saturday pick-with the type of body whose skills a coordinator like Cam Cameron might be able to help develop.

DT Travis Ivey (Maryland)

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Despite the fact that he’s known to hang out with some seedy characters (like above), Ivey is a legitimate NFL prospect. He has the body to fill up gaps against AFC North running backs (or other running backs around the league) at 6’4″, 341 pounds. He was never much of a stats guy in College Park, having tallied just 54 tackles and 2 sacks in his Terrapins career. But he’s always been a space-eater, and that will translate at any level. Ivey bounced back nicely this season from a foot injury in 2008, showing no signs of being slowed. Ivey has also been the leader of the Terps’ D-Line for multiple seasons, and his maturity will help him during the interview process in Indy. The Ravens may not necessarily NEED a D-Tackle right now-but we know they’re always willing to add more (keeping Brandon McKinney and Kelly Talavou last season was a direct example).

QB Jonathan Crompton (Tennessee)

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Finally getting the opportunity to be “the guy” for the Volunteers in 2009, Crompton showed off his arm strength and overall ability in going 224-384 for 2,800 yards and 27 TD’s, with just 13 picks. In fact, he showed so many signs of promise that a number of Vols fans wished he had 3 more years with Lane Kiffin. Actually, everyone in Knoxville hoped they had 3 more years with Lane Kiffin, but that’s a story for another day. The fact that no Tennessee QB since Peyton Manning has had an impact at the NFL level will hurt Crompton’s chances (the failures include Tee Martin, Casey & Rick Clausen AND Erik Ainge); but a solid performance in El Paso should help him get back on track in Draft season. He certainly has the size (6’4″) to succeed at the next level, and if Troy Smith is dealt-the Ravens might be willing to consider him on Saturday.

CB Cornelius Brown (UTEP)

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Perhaps no player improved his draft season stock as much as Cornelius Brown during Texas vs. The Nation week. He played above his 5’11″ frame; and showed off his versatility. Brown received MVP honors for the game by returning a fumble 35 yards for a TD, collecting two tackles and a pass breakup, downing a punt inside the 5 yard line, and returning a kickoff 30 yards. There’s almost no chance he rises to the 3rd round, but he certainly has some of the same qualities as Lardarius Webb. There will be questions not only about his height, but also about the fact that he did not post a single interception during his senior season for the Miners.

RB/WR Trindon Holliday (LSU)

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If Dexter McCluster is a poor man’s Ray Rice, Trindon Holliday may well be a poor man’s Dexter McCluster. Holliday’s track background translates to superb speed, but that speed hasn’t always necessarily translated into major offensive contributions. In fact, Holliday has never put together more than 367 total yards of offense in a single season, and managed just 162 yards of offense and 1 TD in his senior campaign in Baton Rouge. Holliday has had a level of success as a returner, having return 2 kicks and 2 punts for TD’s during his Tigers career. Holliday is even smaller than the other backs (5’5″, 161 pounds); but is just as dangerous in space. He’ll almost certainly be on the board late Saturday, and could very well fit as another playmaker in the Ravens’ offense. He was superb in El Paso, scoring 2 TD’s and racking up 209 all-purpose yards.

DE E.J. Wilson (North Carolina)

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Wilson made a big statement in the Texas vs. The Nation game; recording 6 tackles, 2 TFL’s, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Wilson was never a monster during his career in Chapel Hill-he averaged just 3 sacks per season. But he has the frame of a monster (6’3″, 289 pounds); and his speed in Indianapolis and at his Pro Day could help him prove that he is capable of haunting NFL quarterbacks. Scouts will be interested in a thigh injury that caused him to miss time this season, and they’ll also be interested in improving the 2 fumbles he forced during his entire Tar Heels career. There is at least a chance he could develop into Trevor Pryce’s role in Greg Mattison’s defense if the Ravens find him on the board late Saturday.

C Kevin Matthews (Texas A&M)

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At 6’3″, 298 pounds; Matthews will likely need to add some bulk to be an NFL Center, but he already has a bit of a head start. Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame OL Bruce Matthews, the nephew of former Pro Bowl Cleveland Browns LB Clay Matthews, the cousin of current Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews, and the cousin of current Oregon Ducks LB Casey Matthews. Football is clearly in his blood. Matthews will be a Saturday pick (possibly an UFA), and could be an option for a Ravens team looking to develop a center behind current starter Matt Birk. Aggies coach Mike Sherman singled out Matthews’ solid play during his junior and senior seasons despite the overall struggles of the TAMU O-Line.

P Brent Bowden (Virginia Tech)

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As I’ve warned in the past, teams without solid specialists always tend to overvalue specialists who ARE capable players. The Ravens are not likely to lose Sam Koch, but you never know what another team might believe his value to be. If for some reason the Ravens WERE to lose Koch, they’d definitely have to consider players like Brent Bowden. Bowden was solid throughout his Hokies career, which is not particularly surprising considering how stellar teams always are on special teams during Frank Beamer’s tenure in Blacksburg. Bowden punted 57 times in his senior season (the fewest of his 3 seasons of punting for Va Tech), averaging a career high net of 43.8 yards.

WR Juamorris Stewart (Southern)

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After transferring from Southern Miss, Stewart exploded over his junior and senior seasons with the Jaguars, combining for over 2,100 yards and 23 TD’s. Stewart has the body of an NFL receiver (6’3″, 205 pounds); and is expected to post a reasonably fast 40. It is easy for some scouts to point out that his strong numbers came against lesser SWAC competition, but Morris had a solid day in El Paso against stronger competition; making 5 grabs for 89 yards and a TD. Likely to be available on Saturday in late rounds, the Ravens would have to consider Stewart as they look to upgrade a disappointing group of receivers.

QB Ryan Perrilloux (Jacksonville State)

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It probably isn’t fair for me to post this particular picture, but there is absolutely no doubt that Perrilloux’s off-field issues will be discussed as much during Draft season as his on-field capability. Perrilloux lead Louisiana State to an SEC Championship Game victory in 2007, and was the backup QB for the Tigers team that defeated Ohio State for the BCS National Championship. But he’s better remembered for off-campus fights, federal investigations, failing drug tests, missing team meetings, skipping classes and showing up late for workouts. Perrilloux got his future back together with the Gamecocks, throwing for over 4,500 yards and 42 TD’s with just 15 INT’s over the last two seasons. There’s no question that Perrilloux has the physical ability to play at the next level (CBS College Sports analyst Tom Lemming once compared him to Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb), it is absolutely more of a question of whether or not NFL scouts and executives are convinced his troubles are behind him. Ozzie Newsome has taken a few chances on guys late in the Draft before (Troy Smith himself was a bit of a reach), but Perrilloux might not be a John Harbaugh type of guy.

-G

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Plenty of Risers During Draft Season Stops in Mobile, Orlando

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Plenty of Risers During Draft Season Stops in Mobile, Orlando

Posted on 07 February 2010 by Glenn Clark

Welcome to the third installment of my NFL Draft profiles, which I will be doing throughout the months leading up to Draft season in hopes to make sure you are introduced to every player who might be a future member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Sorry for how long this took, as our trip to Ft. Lauderdale to cover the Super Bowl and “Snowpocolypse 2010″ have limited my ability to get this posted quickly.

So far, I have previewed players participating in the East West Shrine Game in Orlando and Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. If you missed either update, these are the players you can go back to learn about….

QB’s Daryll Clark (Penn State), Sean Canfield (Oregon State)
WR’s Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati)
TE’s Andrew Quarless (Penn State), Richard Dickson (LSU), Jimmy Graham (Miami)
OG Mike Iupati (Idaho)
OT Vladimir Ducasse (UMass)
DE’s Greg Hardy (Ole Miss), Brandon Graham (Michigan)
LB Ross Pospisil (Navy)
S’s Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech), T.J. Ward (Oregon), Myron Rolle (Florida State)
CB’s Devin Ross (Arizona), Brian Jackson (Oklahoma), Trevard Lindley (Kentucky), Javier Arenas (Alabama)
K Leigh Tiffin (Alabama)

This week, I’m going to try to take a look back at what transpired in Orlando and Mobile, and who may have risen on the Ravens’ radar moving forward. With still no player movement, my team needs for the Ravens remain the same….

1-WR
2-TE
3-CB
4-S
5-OLB/DE
6-K
7-QB
8-G/C
9-OT
10-P

Thanks to CBSSports.com, SportingNews.com and SI.com for reports from the all-star games-and to NFLDraftScout.com & Wikipedia for help regarding particulars.

East West Shrine Game…

QB Max Hall (BYU)

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Statistically, there is really no argument that can be made against Max Hall. During his 3 seasons in Provo (after transferring from Arizona State), Hall threw for over 11,000 yards and nearly 100 TD’s. Sometimes success from a Brigham Young quarterback can be dismissed based on the level of competition he played against in the MWC; but that’s not the case with Hall. Not only was he strong against teams like Utah (who he awkwardly said he “hated” in a post-game press conference), but he compiled an impressive 7-2 record against BCS opponents. He has no more than average size (6’1″, 200 pounds or so); but he’s a bit older (24) due to his LDS mission. Comparisons to current Ravens and former BYU QB John Beck would be pretty fair, as both came from similar backgrounds and systems. Hall made a nice impression while in Orlando; putting together a very solid 4th quarter in the East West Shrine Game, including a TD pass to Ryan Moya.

C John Estes (Hawaii)

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Estes was a steadying force for the Warriors, even if not an overwhelming one. His size (6’2″, 295 pounds) will make his performance on the bench even more important at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is by no means small, but no NFL team will want to have a sub-300 pounder on their offensive line. Estes will likely need to add bulk as well as prove he has the muscle to battle with the Haloti Ngata and Shaun Rogers of the world inside. As a player who will be available late Friday night and possibly even on Saturday, Estes may be a good fit for the Ravens. Estes could spend a year or two adjusting his body to the NFL level while Matt Birk continued to anchor the middle of the line in Charm City.

WR Verran Tucker (Cal)

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Tucker was showing some positive signs in Orlando before a hamstring injury stunted his Draft season progress. Tucker will have to make up for that in Indianapolis and with his own Pro Day in Berkeley, as he does not have the resume and profile to fall back on. Tucker was never a big numbers guy for the Golden Bears, tallying just 815 yards and 4 TD’s during his 2 year career after transferring from El Camino Junior College. In fact, Tucker had as many 100 yard seasons for the Bears as you and I did. But there are positives about Tucker for sure-he’s in the 6’1″-6’2″ range, and can move his sub-200 pound frame very quickly (he’s expected to run in the 4.4 range in Indy). He’ll need to show teams in individual workouts that he can be a slot receiver at the NFL level,capable of picking up yards after catches over the middle. Ozzie Newsome and company will need multiple receivers before the season begins, so adding a player like Tucker late in the Draft might be an option.

TE Riar Geer (Colorado)

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What impressed scouts most about Geer in Orlando was his solid blocking and safe hands in passing situations. In terms of 2nd tight ends, Geer really appears to fit the bill. He’s definitely got the size (6’3″, 252 pounds) to play the position, but he’s not particularly quick-which will limit his ability to be an offensive playmaker. Geer was never much of a numbers guy (his 402 yards receiving during his senior season in Boulder were almost twice as much as his next biggest season), but he was dependable, and could be a nice late round option for a team needing help in 2 TE sets. His red flags include a knee injury and a previous arrest due to an off-campus fight. There is the possibility Geer could play some Fullback at the next level as well. While the Ravens could use another player to line up next to Todd Heap, it is more likely they’d be looking for a player who could develop into more of a playmaker.

OT Rodger Saffold (Indiana)

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Maybe no player solidified their stock at the Shrine Game as much as Saffold did, as he was REALLY impressive against Ole Miss DE Greg Hardy in practice-winning most 1 on 1 matchups. At 6’5″, 312 pounds; Saffold is roughly the size of Michael Oher, who the Ravens selected in the first round a season ago, and ended up being a Rookie of the Year candidate. Saffold is a likely mid-round pick right now, but he could rise over the coming weeks as more teams deem him capable of being an OT at the next level instead of needing to move to OG, which a number of scouts thought he would before his performance in Orlando. If he stays in the mid-rounds, Saffold would likely be the type of player the Ravens would look at with Jared Gaither’s future still up in the air.

LB Jason Beauchamp (UNLV)

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The biggest question about Beauchamp’s draft status absolutely surrounds what position he will play. He appears to be an outside linebacker-but not necessarily a great pass rusher. He has the tackling ability of someone who can play inside, but got around the edge nicely when he wasn’t hurt last season. His tackling numbers in Las Vegas were impressive-he tallied 332 for his career, 221 over his final two seasons. At 6’3″, 243 pounds; teams will watch his numbers in the 40 and on the bench closely as they try to determine where he might fit in on their defense. He’s clearly a very bright kid, as he wrote a weekly column for the Las Vegas Sun on top of his football duties. In a defense with as many movable pieces as Greg Mattison’s, Beauchamp could slide in at Jarret Johnson’s current position, or possibly at the JACK position Dannell Ellerbe currently mans.

CB Alterraun Verner (UCLA)

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If the Ravens add just one cornerback this offseason, my best guess is that it will be someone a bit taller than Verner, who at 5’10″ is actually not even as big as Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington or Frank Walker. But if John Harbaugh and staff decide that they want to bring in more than one CB, Verner may be a solid option. As you can see, he’s a very capable defensive playmaker, having intercepted 13 passes, forced 3 fumbles and scored 4 defensive TD’s during his Bruins career. In that way, he reminds me of Lardarius Webb, a pick that appeared to work well for the Ravens last season. He also reminds me of Webb in that he might have to move to safety to make his speed effective at the NFL level. He’s believed to be a mid-round pick, and his size will probably prevent him from rising too much higher than that.

K Hunter Lawrence (Texas)

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Believe it or not, Hunter Lawrence actually made a few other kicks during his Longhorns career. Of course, clearly none of them were as meaningful as the pressure kick he made to beat Nebraska inside Cowboys Stadium to win the Big 12 Championship Game and advance to the BCS Championship Game. This would mean that he’s connected on one more big kick in his life than say Steve Hauschka or Billy Cundiff (unless of course you consider a game winner for the Browns in a 6-3 victory over the Bills a “big kick”). But beyond that kick, Lawrence was 34/39 on FG attempts during the two seasons he kicked in Austin; including 13-15 tries from between 40-49 yards. He doesn’t have a giant boot necessarily (in fact he missed his only career try from beyond 50 yards), but for a steady kicker who has had to make pressure kicks before, he could work as solid competition for Cundiff; especially if he ends up going undrafted.

WR Blair White (Michigan State)

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It took him until his senior year to become a reliable target in East Lansing, but he certainly delivered. White finished his senior season with 70 catches for 990 yards and 9 TD’s. Over his final two seasons, he put together 6 100+ yard games. At 6’2″, 205 pounds; White would not likely be the typical #1 receiver in the NFL, but he certainly could fill a role. The comparisons to guys like Austin Collie and Brandon Stokley are inevitable (likely having a lot to do with the fact that White is…..well….white), and they might very well be fair. White got Draft season off to a great start, nabbing 7 catches for 93 yards in the East West Shrine Game. White would be a solid option for the Ravens should he be available on Saturday.

S Van Eskridge (East Carolina)

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Scouts would probably like to see a little bit more speed from a free safety prospect like Eskridge, but he certainly has plenty to offer otherwise. At 6’1″, 195 pounds; he’s probably big enough to play at the next level, potentially even big enough to play CB. He showed unique playmaking ability during his career with the Pirates-picking off 11 passes and forcing 5 fumbles. He’s also a very capable tackler, having tallied 290 over the last 3 seasons. Moreover, Eskridge performed at the most important times; having combined for 19 tackles, 2 interceptions and 2 pass defenses in ECU’s win over Houston in the Conference USA Championship game and their loss to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. On top of that, he ended up claiming defensive MVP honors in the Shrine Game. There are few red flags on Eskridge’s resume, and he could be a very intriguing prospect should he be available on Saturday.

Senior Bowl…..

WR/RB Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss)

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While he is one of the biggest stars of Draft season thus far (and has a big fan in our man Paul from Hawaii), McCluster may not be a perfect fit for the Ravens, mostly because he’s almost a clone of Ray Rice. McCluster is an explosive playmaker, tallying 2,997 total combined yards during his junior and senior seasons in Oxford. McCluster is roughly Rice’s size (each are somewhere between 5’7″-5’9″, with McCluster clocking in at just a few pounds below Rice’s 210. But the idea remains the same. McCluster is at his best when teams get him the ball in space-which he proved during a stellar Senior Bowl week in Mobile. The Ravens weren’t shy to take chances on Rebels prospects a season ago, drafting Michael Oher and adding FB Jason Cook & LB Tony Fein before letting each go at the end of Training Camp. With Willis McGahee’s future questionable, Cam Cameron could decide to take a chance on another playmaker to help make the Ravens’ offense even more unpredictable. We know one thing-McCluster does the one thing Cameron wants his backs to do-he catches the ball. He’s probably a Friday night guy in April’s Draft.

LB Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri)

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376 tackles, 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 interceptions and 2 defensive TD’s made the last 3 seasons of Weatherspoon’s Tigers career particularly memorable. To make his NFL career memorable, he’ll have to settle in at a LB position-which could be outside or a JACK-type of position depending on the team he ends up with. Weatherspoon is a beast at 6’2″ and 245 (or so) pounds, and is expected to be able to post a 40 in the 4.5 range on the fast track at LucasOil Stadium. Weatherspoon comes from a family of athletes, including his cousin-former WNBA star Teresa Weatherspoon. Lions DC Gunther Cunningham told the Detroit Free Press that Weatherspoon showed a great deal of leadership during Senior Bowl week. Should he play inside, the Ravens may be looking for a leader after the eventual retirement of Ray Lewis. However, Weatherspoon is expected to be a Thursday or Friday night pick-which may be a bit too early for the Ravens to pull the trigger on a LB that isn’t a pass-rusher.

WR Jeremy Williams (Tulane)

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He’s taller than Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton, but 6’1″ may not be the ideal size for a receiver the Ravens are looking at in the 2010 Draft. But if Williams stays on the board until Saturday, he will be a reliable target for any team that takes a chance on him. Williams had a spectacular senior campaign for the Green Wave, grabbing 84 catches for 1,113 yards and 7 TD’s. His season included 5 games where he tallied 100 or more receiving yards. Williams capped that off with a strong performance at Ladd Peebles Stadium, where he made 6 catches for 83 yards and finished with over 100 yards of total offense. Of course, things haven’t necessarily worked out well stemming from the last time the Ravens drafted a WR named Williams…

WR Taylor Price (Ohio)

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Scouts around Mobile compared Taylor Price to Chicago Bears WR Johnny Knox. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but Johnny Knox is LIGHTNING fast. I’ll reiterate that I don’t think a 6’1″ receiver will address the Ravens’ problems at the position, but I know having game-breaking speed has worked for other #1 WR’s around the league, including Carolina Panthers star Steve Smith. Price didn’t put up eye-catching numbers during his Bobcats career, but he finished with just over 2,000 yards receiving and 14 TD’s. On top of that, Price spent some time during his career as both a punt returner and kick returner-but wouldn’t be an obvious candidate to compete with Lardarius Webb, Jalen Parmele or Chris Carr for a return job in Baltimore.

CB Kyle Wilson (Boise State)

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The oddest thing about Kyle Wilson’s draft profile is trying to figure out how a player with his speed managed to end up at Boise State despite being from Piscataway, New Jersey. Strangely enough, it WASN’T because Rutgers wasn’t interested. Wilson wasn’t highly recruited out of high school, but he proved his doubters wrong during his career with the Broncos. Not only did he finish his career with 11 interceptions and 2 defensive TD’s, he also added 3 punt return TD’s. Wilson’s speed isn’t a concern, but his size (5’10″) makes it difficult to assume he can transition from WAC star to shutdown NFL corner. There will be plenty of comparisons made between Wilson and Jacksonville Jaguars safety Gerald Alexander, who also went to the Draft coming off a BSU victory in the Fiesta Bowl.

TE Ed Dickson (Oregon)

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Unlike Riar Geer, Ed Dickson does appear to be the type of TE who could develop into a big playmaker while splitting time with a former Pro Bowler like Todd Heap to start his career. Dickson has tremendous size (6’5″, 244 pounds); and could really make sure he doesn’t stick around until Saturday on draft weekend by posting a 4.6-ish 40 at the Combine. Dickson didn’t exactly put up insane numbers in Eugene, but he did average over 500 yards receiving and 4 TD’s over each of the final 3 seasons of his Ducks career. Dickson is a tremendous athlete, having previously played LB and DE in High School and early in his college career. What makes him even more intriguing is that his size (much like the size of Miami TE prospect Jimmy Graham) makes him a legitimate jump ball and endzone threat, which the Ravens are currently lacking.

LB Daryl Washington (TCU)

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While pass rusher Jerry Hughes is the Horned Frogs defender that is getting the most attention during Draft season, Washington has quietly made a name for himself as a riser at the ILB position. Washington had a stellar senior season in Fort Worth; tallying 109 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and a INT return TD. Washington moves well for someone who is about 6’3″, 234 pounds; but he moved to strong side during the Senior Bowl, and scouts will want to see continued progress from him at that position. Where he could fit in for the Ravens would be as a reserve MLB, as his ability to move downfield in pass coverage could get him playing time in obvious passing situations with Ray Lewis having appeared to lose a step in 2009. He looks like a Friday night pick as of right now.

OG Jeff Byers (USC)

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If some schools are “Linebacker U” (like Penn State) or “Wide Receiver U” (Tennessee and Michigan State have been given that nickname), when will we finally recognize Southern Cal as “Interior Lineman U”? After players like Deuce Lutui (Arizona Cardinals), Ryan Kalil (Carolina Panthers), Sam Baker (Atlanta Falcons) and others, Byers is just another steady O-Lineman the Trojans are going to send to the NFL. The issue that is holding Byers back is his history of injuries. His career was slowed in 2005 and 2006 by hip and back injuries that caused him to miss the better part of two seasons. But Byers showed solid versatility in his senior season, even starting a game at center when Kris O’Dowd was hurt. Byers measures in at 6’3″ and right around 300 pounds-making his growth and bench performance very important as teams like the Ravens consider him on Saturday.

DE Alex Carrington (Arkansas State)

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One of the most below the radar pass rushers in the entire FBS, Carrington is out to prove that his 19 sacks over his final two seasons in Jonesboro were about his own individual ability, not the Sun Belt level of opposition he faced with the Red Wolves. Carrington is an absolute monster, checking in at 6’5″, 280 pounds and expected to post a 40 somewhere in the 4.7 range at the Combine. Scouts in attendance at the Senior Bowl were blown away by his strength and versatility; as he’s believed to be capable of rushing in either a 3-4 or 4-3 set. Carrington would be a VERY intriguing selection for a Ravens team with Trevor Pryce’s long-term future in the air; and needing someone to perform opposite Terrell Suggs.

QB Jarrett Brown (West Virginia)

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The inevitable comparisons with Brown will be to Miami Dolphins QB Pat White, but that’s only because the two players aren’t standing next to each other. Brown wasn’t overwhelming during his only season as a starter in Morgantown; he threw for 2,144 yards and 11 TD’s; adding 452 more yards and 6 TD’s on the ground. But Brown has great size for a player looking to prove himself at the next level-at 6’4″, 200 pounds. He’s not blazingly fast, but he definitely has the ability to move in the pocket-and his time in the 40 could change where he ends up getting picked. If the Ravens do end up moving Troy Smith-Brown’s size gives him an obvious advantage over the former Heisman Trophy winner as far as how his game will translate. He looks like a borderline Friday night or Saturday choice as of right now, which will certainly impact whether or not the Ravens would be interested.

Next week I’ll take a look back on the “Texas vs. The Nation” game risers.

-G

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Draft Season Moves to Mobile for Annual Senior Bowl

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Draft Season Moves to Mobile for Annual Senior Bowl

Posted on 24 January 2010 by Glenn Clark

This is my second update in a 3 month long process of introducing you to the players who are possible Baltimore Ravens targets in April’s NFL Draft. If you missed last week’s profiles , make sure you get there now to find about some of the players who participated in the East West Shrine Game in Mobile. The players I profiled last week were:

QB Daryll Clark (Penn State)
WR Freddie Barnes (Bowling Green)
TE’s Andrew Quarless (Penn State), Richard Dickson (LSU)
DE Greg Hardy (Ole Miss)
LB Ross Pospisil (Navy)
S’s Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech), T.J. Ward (Oregon)
CB’s Devin Ross (Arizona), Brian Jackson (Oklahoma)

Of this group, Barnes appeared to be the player who helped himself the most according to scouts and analysts in attendance. I’ll tell you about other players who impressed in Orlando in my next update.

In the meantime, I wanted to let you know about players to keep an eye on at the Senior Bowl this week-considered the premiere college all-star event of the year. A reminder that the game-and daily practices from both the north and south teams will be aired live on NFL Network.

Also, with the Ravens making no moves this week, my offseason priority list won’t change.
1-WR
2-TE
3-CB
4-S
5-OLB/DE
6-K
7-QB
8-G/C
9-OT
10-P

Here are ten players to keep your eyes on (amongst the many other stars of the game) this week in Alabama. Thanks as always to CBS Sports for help on numbers, and to Wikipedia for help on the details.

TE Jimmy Graham (Miami)

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Odd picture for a NFL Draft profile, huh? If you’re wondering why that name sounded familiar, now you have your answer. Graham exhausted has basketball eligibility, but decided to give football a try for a year. It was a good decision, as he became a reliable target for the Hurricanes on the field. Graham caught just 17 balls for 213 yards-but 5 of them were TD’s. His size is his greatest asset-he’s 6’8″ and 260 pounds. But he has tons of red flags-mostly based around the fact that he has only played a year of football. But the success of other TE’s in the NFL after switching from hoops (Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates are the most obvious examples) should help Graham succeed in finding work.

WR Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati)

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There are some aspects about Mardy Gilyard that remind me of Ravens pick Lardarius Webb a year ago. Gilyard wasn’t quite mature enough to be a great college player when he first reached the level-and he ended up failing out of school at Cincinnati. There’s an even more troubling story that when Ron Zook came to recruit Gilyard to Florida-the receiver didn’t even bother to show up for their meeting. After failing out, Gilyard was forced to work odd jobs to pay back tuition money to UC before Brian Kelly would put him back on scholarship. The move worked out for all parties involved, as Gilyard went on to record 4,500 career all-purpose yards and 29 TD’s over his final 3 seasons.

Gilyard is dangerous not only as a receiver, but he’s very dangerous as a return man as well. His size is his issue….he’s just 6’0″ and 185 pounds or so. That’s bigger than Derrick Mason, but it certainly isn’t big enough to be viewed as a gamebreaking threat in the NFL. BUT-Gilyard was CERTAINLY a gamebreaker in leading the Bearcats to 2 Big East titles, and there are smaller WR’s who are having great success at the next level. He’s considered a mid-round guy right now, but I bet his stock rises.

DE Brandon Graham (Michigan)

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No one is really sure if Graham is capable of being an every down DE at the NFL level-or if he’s good enough in pass coverage to play OLB every down. But we do know this much-Brandon Graham was a HELL of a pass rusher for the Wolverines. He finished his career with 138 tackles, 28 sacks-10 each in his junior and senior campaigns. He’s big (6’1″, 263 pounds or so), but he struggled with conditioning early in his Big Ten career and might be forced to change body size again depending on what role a NFL coordinator envisions him filling. As a pretty solid 1st round guy, it was somewhat of a surprise to see him commit to the Senior Bowl-but with Michigan failing to get bowl eligible-this will be the first time he’s played any sort of football since before Thanksgiving.

CB Trevard Lindley (Kentucky)

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When Trevard Lindley came back to Lexington for his senior season, he had to think he was on his way to being a first round pick. Unfortunately, a high ankle sprain sidelined him about midway through the season-causing him to miss 4 games. After 10 interceptions through the first 3 and a half seasons of his career, Lindley wouldn’t record another (although his only INT of the season-back in Week 1 against Miami Ohio WAS returned for a TD). Lindley is listed anywhere from 5’11″ to 6’1″; and those two inches will make a MAJOR difference in where he ends up being selected. The Ravens may well decide they don’t need to go corner in the first rounds with Domonique Foxworth and Lardarius Webb already in the mix, and Lindley might end up being a nice option in the later rounds.

OG Mike Iupati (Idaho)

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Iupati is a classic case of a player who can change his entire Draft status based on his performance in Mobile. Iupati clearly has both the size and ability to be an O-Lineman at the NFL level, but with his 6’5″, 330 pound frame-NFL teams will want him to play Tackle. He’ll need to show this week that playing Guard at the college level won’t limit his ability to play outside. Also, having played in the WAC-Iupati needs to prove that he can play against big time talent; which he’ll have the chance to do against players like Brandon Graham. The American Samoa native climbed a great deal during his college career-going from a freshman who couldn’t play due to academic troubles to a player who has been compared favorably to former Boise State OT and current Denver Broncos stud Ryan Clady. A 2008 shoulder surgery would be the only other real red flag for this beast.

OT Vladimir Ducasse (UMass)

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If you haven’t already, you’ll be hearing a LOT about Vladimir Ducasse this week. Ducasse was born in Port-au-Prince, and his family was affected by the earthquake in Haiti. He is now working to try to help out the cause….

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Ducasse is in a slightly different position than Iupati, as he played OT for the Minutemen, but is now expected to play Guard at the next level. He clearly has the size (6’5″, 330 pounds) and mean streak to play in the NFL-but playing in the CAA only gave him a small taste of the talent level he’ll be going up against starting in the fall. The Ravens won’t have to go far to get a scouting report on Ducasse, as RB/ST Matt Lawrence can partly thank Ducasse for allowing him to post over 1,500 yards rushing two seasons ago at Massachusetts. And for a team that puts almost as much emphasis on character as they do football ability, Ducasse was described by a former coach as “particularly special.”

QB Sean Canfield (Oregon State)

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For an organization that likes tall quarterbacks (see Flacco, Joe), Sean Canfield (6’4″) would be a nice addition. He’ll likely be off the board before the Ravens consider taking a QB, but if he were to slip he might be a great choice. His senior season in Corvallis was very impressive-as he went 303-446 for over 3,000 yards and 21 TD’s. The biggest red flag on Canfield’s resume is a shoulder surgery following his sophomore season that forced him to miss most of his junior campaign. But he certainly has both a strong arm and a great deal of poise-and that should help him transition to the next level.

S Myron Rolle (Florida State)

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Yes, besides beings a Rhodes Scholar, Myron Rolle is also a football player! Of course, he wasn’t a football player in 2009-he took the year off to study at Oxford. But he had put together a pretty solid 3 seasons before that in Tallahassee; making 207 tackles, forcing a fumble and recording 1 interception. He has great size for a safety at 6’2″, 223 pounds; but he has to prove himself as a hard hitter during the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The Ravens already have a tie to Myron, as he is the cousin of CB Samari Rolle. His time off will make it particularly important to perform during Draft season.

K Leigh Tiffin (Alabama)

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There’s a few things that are guarantees in life. Death. Taxes. And the Ravens bringing in a rookie from Alabama. I know John Harbaugh teased Matt Stover’s name during his weekly press conference last week, but I believe it’s a fairly safe bet that the team will choose to bring in a rookie or young kicker to compete with Billy Cundiff during Training Camp instead of going the route of another veteran. Tiffin has a strong leg, which helped him connect on 5/7 FG attempts from 50+ yards during his Crimson Tide career. But he was far from perfect otherwise, hitting just 42/66 tries between 30 and 50 yards. He also missed 6 XP’s over the last 3 seasons, including one during the Tide’s BCS National Championship Game win over Texas. Tiffin is rated as the #1 kicker available this year by multiple services-including NFLDraftScout.com-but would likely only end up in Charm City if they can get him as an UFA following the Draft.

CB Javier Arenas (Alabama)

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As a CB alone, Javier Arenas would not likely be a candidate to hear his name called on Friday or Saturday night of Draft weekend. He’s shown talent-including 6 interceptions during his last 2 seasons in Tuscaloosa; but his 5’9″ frame would really hurt his draft stock. However, Arenas’ unbelievable ability as a return man should make sure he doesn’t stay on the board until Saturday, as he was absolutely EXPLOSIVE-returning a SEC record 7 punts for TD’s during his career. Had Arenas been in last year’s Draft, he probably would have tried to talk up the fact that he is the cousin of Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas. Clearly he won’t be doing that now. Arenas has a knack to perform in big games-grabbing an interception in Alabama’s win over Florida in the SEC Championship Game, and adding two more in the title game win over the Longhorns.

I’ll be back with another update this week….

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 December 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Harlem Globetrotters (Tuesday 7pm Patriot Center, Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center), Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave (Thursday 3pm streamed live on B2liveTV.com); NBA: Thunder @ Wizards (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Spurs @ Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet)

10-Little Feat (Thursday 8pm Recher Theatre), The Roots (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (Thursday 9pm 9:30 Club), Wale (Friday 8pm & 11:30pm 9:30 Club), Third Eye Blind (Thursday 8:30pm DC Grand Hyatt), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Thursday 9pm Sheraton Inner Harbor)

Oh my God how can I attend all of these events?!?!?!? I’m pretty sure I came out of the womb singing this tune…..

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I’m sure they’re making great money, but has there ever been a bigger waste than partnering these guys with Jimmy freaking Fallon???

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Not familiar with this gal? You should be……

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This rapper is the only good thing to have ever come out of the District of Columbia…..

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This band was one of the only reasons why I was ever able to get girls in high school…..

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And if I have to explain this to you, get out……

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9-Women’s College Basketball: UNC-Wilmington @ Maryland (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), St. Joseph’s @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center)

Maryland/UNC-Wilmington, huh? I feel like these teams have played before…….

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8-UFC 108: Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva (Saturday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Pay-Per-View)

According to my friends at Bloody Elbow, Dana White told the Las Vegas Sun that he thinks the UFC “will be the biggest sport in the world by 2020.

Apparently Dana White has never heard of Marshmallow Blaster wars……

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW46STXhQFE[/youtube]

Greatest.Christmas.Gift.Ever.

7-WWE: Bret Hart scheduled to host Monday Night RAW (Monday 9pm from Dayton, Ohio live on USA Network), TNA Wrestling: Hulk Hogan debuts on TNA iMPACT! (Monday 8pm from Orlando live on SpikeTV)

First of all, what decade is this????

Second-I’m excited about the return of “The Hit Man”, but this might be a bit awkward, huh?

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AND, I don’t care how old he is-I will NEVER not be excited to see this man…..

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6-PBR Built Ford Tough Series (Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm 1st Mariner Arena live on VERSUS)

As someone who-I’m not kidding about this-has attended a Pro Bull Riders event before, I’m excited to see the PBR come back to town. You see, it’s like NASCAR-but MUCH shorter, much less boring, and with WAAAY more wrecks. Enjoy…..

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5-Ports America New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Thursday 7pm Inner Harbor)

When was the first time I ever saw fireworks? Well, what does the name Phoebe Cates mean to you????

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4-College Basketball: William & Mary @ Maryland (Wednesday 7:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ UNC-Greensboro (Sunday 1pm from Greensboro live on Comcast SportsNet), Bowling Green @ Towson (Wednesday 7pm Towson Center), Rider @ Loyola (Saturday 1pm Reitz Arena), Siena @ Loyola (Monday 7pm Reitz Arena), Coppin State @ Navy (Wednesday 7pm Alumni Hall)

A lot of people didn’t think the Terps were particularly impressive in their win Sunday over Florida Atlantic. They may be right. But you know who IS impressive? Florida Atlantic alum Mary Carey……

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3-Ravens @ Raiders (Sunday 4:15pm from Oakland live on CBS)

They CAN’T lose to these idiots, right???

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2-Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic: Flyers @ Bruins (Friday 1pm from Fenway Park live on NBC), NHL: Capitals @ Sharks (Wednesday 10pm from San Jose live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Kings (Saturday 4pm from Los Angeles live on Comcast SportsNet)

Look, Boston stinks. It’s just terrible. I don’t like anything about it. If I had my way, Fenway Park would implode in the middle of a Red Sox-Yankees game. Or with the entire population of Beantown gathered for some sort of meeting. But THIS does look pretty cool…..

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1-College Football-Texas Bowl: Navy vs. Missouri (Thursday 3:30pm from Houston live on ESPN), EagleBank Bowl: Temple vs. UCLA (Tuesday 4:30pm from RFK Stadium live on ESPN), Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin (Tuesday 8pm from Orlando live on ESPN), Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Idaho (Wednesday 4:30pm from Boise live on ESPN), Pacific Life Holiday Bowl: Arizona vs. Nebraska (Wednesday 8pm from San Diego live on ESPN), Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Air Force (Thursday 12pm from Fort Worth live on ESPN), Brut Sun Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Stanford (Thursday 2pm from El Paso live on CBS), Minnesota vs. Iowa State (Thursday 6pm from Tempe, AZ live on NFL Network), Chick-Fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Thursday 7:30pm from Atlanta live on ESPN), Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Auburn (Friday 11am from Tampa Bay live on ESPN), Capital One Bowl: Penn State vs. LSU (Friday 1pm from Orlando live on ABC), Konica Minolta Gator Bowl: West Virginia vs. Florida State (Friday 1pm from Jacksonville live on CBS), Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Ohio State (Friday 4:30pm from Pasadena, CA live on ABC), Allstate Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Cincinnati (Friday 8:30pm from New Orleans live on FOX), International Bowl: South Florida vs. Northern Illinois (Saturday 12pm from Toronto live on ESPN2), AT&T Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss (Saturday 2pm from Dallas live on FOX), PapaJohns.com Bowl: South Carolina vs. UConn (Saturday 2pm from Birmingham live on ESPN), AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. East Carolina (Saturday 5:30pm from Memphis live on ESPN), Valero Alamo Bowl: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech (Saturday 9pm from San Antonio live on ESPN), Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. TCU (Monday 8pm from Glendale, AZ live on FOX)

And you say there are too many bowl games! Psh…….

Speaking of which, Tennessee and Virginia Tech are playing in what is BY FAR the best bowl game of them all.

Why you ask?

Think of what might me readily available at a game with that name……

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Also, I remember Tennessee playing in this game a few years back….Casey Clausen would probably remember it too if not for a certain fella named EJ Henderson……

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Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…….

-G

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: NCAA Tournament Soccer Sweet 16: Maryland @ Harvard (Sunday 1pm from Boston); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland vs. Samford (Tuesday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland vs. Howard (Friday 7pm Comcast Center), Maryland vs. Drexel (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center), Towson @ UMBC (Tuesday 7pm Towson Center), College Football-NCAA Tournament 2nd Round: Johns Hopkins @ Thomas More (Saturday 12pm from Crestview Hills, KY)

10-Charm City Devils (Saturday 7pm Rams Head Live), Mike Doughty (Wednesday 6:30pm Recher Theatre), Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club), SR-71 (Wednesday 7pm Bourbon Street)

If Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time spent with family, this is a hell of a group of shows to stroll through this week. I mean, consider Jimi Haha as the patriarch of the family…….

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Mitch Allan as the cousin who went crazy for a while there; but has since settled down a bit. While you know he’s doing better for himself living in California and writing tunes for Kris Allen-you can’t help but wish he’d come back a little bit more than just for Thanksgiving and Passover. Mostly because you miss the old Mitch, you know-the one whose song you still scream along to every time you hear it on the radio….

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…..and whose girlfriend you can’t help but stare at during Thanksgiving dinner……

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John Allen is the cousin that never stopped partying, and you hope never does. When dinner is served at 3pm Thursday, he’ll probably still be asleep. Don’t bother waking him up. He’ll be fine…..

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And Mike Doughty is your dad’s cousin who you’ve only really met once or twice, and seemed kinda weird. But when you started talking with him, you realized he’s lived the lives of about 8 men, yet doesn’t feel the need to preach about the things he’s seen….

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9-Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Thursday 9am from New York live on NBC)

Dude, If you’re not down with the Macy’s parade-I don’t think I want to be your friend. I mean, on a day when I am preparing to shove about 12 pounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and sweet potato pie down my gullet; I appreciate seeing some combination of these images……

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….WITHOUT fearing that I am suffering some sort of tryptophan-related hallucination.

8-NBA: Wizards vs. 76ers (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Wizards @ Heat (Friday 7pm from Miami live on Comcast SportsNet and ESPN), Wizards vs. Bobcats (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet & NBATV)

I will have to be honest here. I have followed the NBA like-not at all-this season. But a story DID catch my attention over the weekend. With the many common threads between pro hoops and hip-hop music; I figured at some point there would be a high-profile issue between a Rap Superstar and a major name in the world of Basketball. And while I’m not surprised that THIS man was a part of it……

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I am a BIT surprised that THIS was his target……

And while Albert contends there was no such confrontation at a Jimmy Kimmel Live taping, something tells me that men who have been roughed up by Curtis Jackson have probably said that before.

7-NHL: Sabres @ Capitals (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Capitals @ Canadiens (Saturday 7pm from Montreal live on Comcast SportsNet Plus and NHL Network), Capitals @ Hurricanes (Monday 7pm from Raleigh live on Comcast SportsNet)

I’m still not a Caps fan. In fact, no matter what Drew Forrester wants me to do-I’m going to root for the Flyers this season. That being said, THIS gives me WAY more respect for Matt Bradley than I expected……

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6-Tennis: Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (Tuesday-Saturday 7:30am & 2pm live on Tennis Channel; Sunday-FINALS-8am live on ESPN2. All matches from London)

Look-If Andy hadn’t pulled out with an injury, this probably would have been my Number 1…..

That being said; I get the feeling Andy has better things to do with his time……

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5-College Football: Boston College @ Maryland (Saturday 3:30pm from Byrd Stadium live on ESPNU), Navy @ Hawaii (Saturday 10:30pm from Honolulu live on ESPNU), Texas @ Texas A&M (Thursday 8pm from College Station live on ESPN), Alabama @ Auburn (Friday 2:30pm CBS), Pitt @ West Virginia (Friday 7pm from Morgantown live on ESPN2), Florida State @ Florida (Saturday 3:30pm from Gainesville live on CBS)

Plus there’s Ole Miss-Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. And with no offense no Michael Oher, my man Jason Cook, the late Tony Fein, or ANYONE who has ever won the Egg Bowl Trophy; does THIS really fire you up to go out and win a football game???

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You want a trophy? How bout the Fremont Cannon-given annually to the winner of Nevada/UNLV?

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Think maybe you might be fired up to play for THAT? I think I could beat UNLV on my own if I knew that was the prize. Damn that’s cool!

4-College Basketball: EA Sports Maui Invitational-Maryland vs. Cincinnati (Tuesday 7pm from Maui live on ESPN; 3rd round Wednesday. Other teams in event: Arizona, Gonzaga, Wisconsin, Colorado, Chaminade, Vanderbilt; games will also air on ESPN360 as well); Towson @ Navy (Tuesday 7pm Alumni Hall); Coppin State @ UMBC (Tuesday 7:30pm from RAC Arena live on MASN)

Boy-no real storylines for the Terrapins in their game against Cincy, huh? What’s that??? OH, RIGHT!!!!!

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Of course, this presents a fundamental problem for me. You see, I went to Maryland-while my future wife (Laura Simanski) goes to Cincinnati…….

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So, while I will be rooting like crazy for the Terps to destroy the Bearcats, I will also be willing to lend a comforting shoulder for my future bride to cry on after. But I’m an old fashioned romantic type like that….

3-WWE Raw (Monday 8:15pm from 1st Mariner Arena live on USA Network)

There is a storied history between World Wrestling Entertainment and Charm City. For example, The Fabulous Moolah won her first ever world title in Baltimore…..

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Ron Simmons defeated Big Van Vader in Baltimore to become the first ever African-American World Champion in pro wrestling history…..

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And of course the time Vince McMahon beat the hell our of his daughter Stephanie McMahon with a lead pipe at No Mercy back in 2003. Wait. What????

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2-Turkey Bowl: Calvert Hall vs. Loyola (Thursday 10am from M&T Bank Stadium live on ABC 2); High School Football State Semifinals: Hereford vs. Linganore (Friday 7pm from Oakdale High), Eastern Tech vs. Douglass-PG (Friday 7pm from CCBC-Essex), Allegany @ Joppatowne (Friday 7pm), Dunbar @ Catoctin (Friday 7pm)

And as always; if you’re headed to see the Cardinals and Dons-or ANY of the high school playoff games this week; Please Remember…..

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1-Steelers @ Ravens (Sunday 8:20pm from M&T Bank Stadium live on NBC), Thanksgiving Football: Packers @ Lions (Thursday 12:30pm from Detroit live on FOX), Raiders @ Cowboys (Thursday 4:15pm from Dallas live on CBS), Giants @ Broncos (Thursday 8:30pm from Denver live on NFL Network)

I know Thanksgiving football stinks, but what else are you gonna watch, Vh1 Tough Love 2???

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And as the official WNST Ravens analyst, I’d like to offer this analysis.

F*ck the Steelers.

What?

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983……

-G

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Thursday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 05 November 2009 by Glenn Clark

I had the opportunity to go to an advance screening of “The Blind Side” last night at The Charles Theater-thanks to Warner Brothers for the invitation. I have to first say that this movie is going to be absolutely HUGE. It is a perfect Thanksgiving football flick, and as big as it is going to be in Baltimore; it will be big throughout the country as well.

If you’re not familiar-the movie is based on the excellent book of the same name by Michael Lewis. The story chronicles Ravens 1st round pick Michael Oher. The book itself was more about football in general-but the transcendent story of Oher is easily movie-worthy. And while John Lee Hancock’s movie does change certain things about the story (an incident at Ole Miss is moved into Oher’s former home in the Memphis projects; the name of Oher’s Christian school is different, etc.); he does no injustice to the very human aspect of Oher’s journey.

The only shame of the movie is that in trying to keep it a family film-the darkness of Oher’s upbringing is merely referenced, not told vividly. This isn’t to say the movie failed-as the book references that Michael didn’t talk much about his past. The picture painted of Michael’s youth in the book is significantly more frightening than the more family-friendly picture painted by the film.

While the tragedy may not have been fully painted, nothing is taken away from the triumph. I’m going to be honest-if you cry during great sports movies (think “Remember the Titans”); you’re going to cry during this flick. It’s a remarkable story told very well.

The star of the film is clearly Sandra Bullock, whose turn as Leigh Anne Tuohy comes off akin to Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich. While this film is more fun and even a bit goofier than the very serious-natured “Brockovich”, your wives and girlfriends will immediately love Bullock’s Tuohy.

It’s not going to win an Academy Award-but it’s not supposed to be that kind of movie. It’s the kind of movie your family can go see at the end of the month when you’re off school/work for 4 days. It’s the kind of movie that you’re going to put on your purple and rally your neighbors to go see. This city is going to LOVE this movie. Whether you’ve read the book or not, you will just eat it up.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say….

Best of Wednesday’s WNST Blogs:

Glenn Clark says Ed Reed not reading Ochocinco tweets

Drew Forrester hopes O’s try to win as hard as Yankees did

Thyrl Nelson says Flacco, Ray Rice Top 10 Fantasy plays Sunday

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell 3-2 to Devils

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ngata, Katula, Nakamura, Walker, Burgess, Zbikowski all didn’t practice Wednesday

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh still has plans for McGahee

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens looking to create 100 yard streak against Cedric Benson-who recently broke their long one

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says young LB’s Tavares Gooden, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe getting chance to run alongside 52

The Official Site says Marvin Lewis thinks Greg Mattison has done ‘excellent job’

The Official Site says Harbs thinks Ravens will be motivated by ‘hotly contested’ AFC North race

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says team okay with being underdogs-even at home to team they’ve already beat this season

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Marvin Lewis wanted Kelley Washington back in Cincy

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says Maualuga wants to be like Ray Lewis

Bengals Official Site says 3,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium

Bengals Official Site says Marvin Lewis won’t commit to Andre Smith dressing Sunday

Bengals Official Site says Carson Palmer knows Baltimore week ‘always a real big deal’ for Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason will be plenty motivated to face Bengals team that held him without catch over last 2 games

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelly Gregg sees Benson as ‘big back, nifty on feet’

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Flacco Ravens’ MVP

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason prefers quiet players like Marvin Harrison to big talkers

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens using Le’Ron McClain again to pound ball

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Todd Heap, Le’Ron McClain limited in practice

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Marvin Lewis modeling Bengals after Ravens, Steelers

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ochocinco sent package to Ravens defense

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed doesn’t check Ochocinco on Twitter

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ray Lewis not changing how he hits after first meeting with Bengals

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Derrick Mason doesn’t think he can be covered with single coverage

The Sun’s Edward Lee says T-Sizzle thinks Ravens ‘humbled’ by Bengals in first game

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Terrell Suggs knows Benson having ‘really good year’ even beyond game against Ravens

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Bannan would start if Ngata can’t go

The AP’s David Ginsburg says Oher making ‘impression’ in rookie season with Ravens

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Chick Ludwig says Bengals should play Andre Smith Sunday

Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Erardi says Bengals WR Andre Caldwell wants wins more than catches

6 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

USA Today’s Nate Davis says defense must ‘shore up’ before facing Roethlisberger, etc.

Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager picks Ravens 20-16

NBC Sports’ Steve Silverman gives Ravens ‘C’ thus far

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice would be another possible team MVP candidate

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens secondary ‘rejuvenated’ by performance against Broncos

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

NC State Official Site’s Tim Peeler says Wolfpack to honor former WR Jerricho Cotchery at Saturday’s game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says New Mexico only other FBS school in on Rashaan Moore

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Jamari McCullough finds losing ‘devastating’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph knows NCSU offense ‘explosive’

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Demetrius Hartsfield remains ‘on-track’ to return November 21 against Florida State

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens picks Terps 29-28

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich picks Pack 31-17

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says NC State, Maryland have bowl chances on ‘life support’

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Chris Turner spent bye week in Fort Lauderdale with girlfriend (must subscribe)

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says North Carolina DT prospect Kilgo pledged to Terps (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Ross Leonhart checks in with commit Kilgo (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says James Padgett, Jordan Williams will get ‘extended playing time’ if Dino Gregory’s suspension continues

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Vasquez thinks Terps can be ‘special’

The Diamondback’s Jakob Engelke says athletic department scrapping new student ticket policy at Comcast Center

The Diamondback’s Eric Detweiler says Jin Soo Choi struggled inside against IUP

Washington Post’s Michael Wilbon says use of Bias video aided Kirk Fraser’s “30 for 30” documentary

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Sean Mosley said he was fine after getting knocked down twice against Crimson Hawks

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Adrian Bowie amongst those who expected reverse roles for Padgett, Williams

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps in Sun Belt territory being relegated to ESPN360

Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says Sean Mosley improved from floor in exhibition opener (must subscribe)

Turtle Sports Report’s Matt Owings checks in with prospect Tsafack (must subscribe)

TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Tianna Hawkins’ double-double lead Terps in exhibition win over Bowie State

The Official Site provides statistical evidence of win

The Official Site says Frese thought Terps were ‘focused and ready’ for exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Jonas Shaffer says Kim Rodgers scored 18 points in 16 minutes in win

NAVY FOOTBALL:

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Ram Vela, Mids still remember ’07 win in South Bend fondly

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mike Stukel practicing at QB, will return to Slotback when Kriss Proctor gets healthy

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Mids need one more win to book trip to Texas Bowl

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Niumatalolo knows Mids missed chances against Temple, especially on 3rd down

South Bend Tribune’s Al Lesar says Dan Wenger expected to start at RG for Fighting Irish

Go Mids’ David Ausiello says AD Gladchuk wants to see continued success from Midshipmen (must subscribe)

TOWSON FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says fans can purchase $13 ticket for BOTH Miami (Ohio) hoops game and Villanova football game next weekend

MORGAN FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s Senior Night battle against Norfolk State

The Official Site offers complete Morgan State-Norfolk State release (pdf)

HOPKINS FOOTBALL:

The Official Site previews Saturday’s game against Franklin & Marshall

The Official Site offers complete Johns Hopkins/Franklin & Marshall release (pdf)

LOYOLA BASKETBALL:

The Official Site previews tomorrow night’s exhibition opener against Adelphi

MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says Mountaineers picked to win NEC again

The Sun says Jeremy Goode named to All-NEC team

MCDANIEL FOOTBALL:

Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says Josh Rutter has been good fit for Terror staff

ORIOLES:

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez says Birds want to re-sign Mark Hendrickson, Danys Baez

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Waring 1-4 with run scored in Arizona Fall League play Wednesday

Examiner Jay Trucker says Guillermo Rodriguez, Rich Hill, Jeff Fiorentino didn’t really have place with Orioles anyway

BALTIMORE MARINERS:

The Official Site says AIFA team signed former Maryland QB Statham

BLAST:

Examiner Richard Crabbe says NISL changed name to MISL

HORSE RACING:

Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman says Rip Van Winkle comes into Breeders’ Cup Classic battling foot issue

Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh says Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will spend winter in New Orleans

The AP’s Andrew Dalton says Baffert doesn’t ‘mind getting beat by Zenyatta’ in Classic

GOLF:

The Sun’s Don Markus says Senior Players Championship moving to Potomac next season, returning to Baltimore in 2011

Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga says Constellation Energy event to be held at Avenel next year

Washington Examiner’s Kevin Dunleavy says Champions Tour had hinted event may move to DC during this year’s event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Frank Walker has an illness, huh? Insert your own joke here.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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Live From Owings Mills: Ochocinco Says He’ll Make Ravens “Kiss The Baby”

Posted on 07 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

9:47-Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson did not practice today, per PFT. He has a hip injury he’s nursing. We’ll be watching this over the next few days. The Bengals will need all of their weapons.

5:22-In another tragic twist to the Tony Fein story, it now appears as though Tony’s death is likely to be ruled a suicide. Via the Twitter account of Carroll County Times/National Football Post writer Aaron Wilson, his Baltimore attorney Warren A. Brown says that it is believed Tony took his own life. Toxicology reports may not rule an official cause of death for another 6-8 weeks.

On a personal note, I had the privilege of getting to know Tony and his former Ole Miss teammates Jason Cook and Michael Oher a bit out in Westminster. I had been told by some friends of Tony that he was VERY active during his service time; and still dealt with post-traumatic stress stemming from things he had been involved with during the war.

Truly a sad, tragic end for a man who lived an honorable life. I just spoke to Jason Cook (who you’ll remember nearly made the team as a fullback-and scored a TD in the final preseason game against the Falcons); who is now serving as team chaplain for the Rebels and working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes there in Oxford. He asked for prayers for Tony’s family, who is hurting right now.

4:37-I asked Joe Flacco if he felt the need to say something to Mark Clayton after Mark’s costly late drop Sunday in Foxborough. I thought maybe Joe could have patted him on the ass, said “You know I’m still coming to you next time” and kept running; OR he could have just assumed Mark would know his QB still trusts him. It was the latter. Joe said “Mark’s fine”, and then followed it up by saying “the end of the game didn’t mean anything.”

Maybe not to him……

4:34-It appeared as though Justin Harper was playing the role of Chad Ochocinco in practice today. Demetrius Williams played Randy Moss a week ago, and the rest of the WR’s usually split the roles of the other receivers after the #1 guy.

4:14-Injury Report:

RAVENS-
LB Jarrett Johnson-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Shoulder
WR Derrick Mason-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Neck
WR Demetrius Williams-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Illness
OT Jared Gaither-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Neck
CB Chris Carr-LIMITED-Groin
LB Tavares Gooden-FULL-Shoulder
DT Haloti Ngata-FULL-Back
S Ed Reed-FULL-Knee

BENGALS:
OT Andre Smith-OUT-Foot
RB Cedric Benson-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Hip
LB Rashad Jeanty-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Finger
LB Rey Maualuga-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Knee
S Chinedum Ndukwe-DID NOT PARTICIPATE-Hamstring
DT Tank Johnson-LIMITED-Foot
DT Domata Peko-LIMITED-Chest
CD David Jones-FULL-Foot
S Roy Williams-FULL-Forearm

2:14-Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest turnaround possible of news from Owings Mills. As soon as I get something, I get it up right over there.

2:08-OT Jared Gaither and WR Derrick Mason were not on the practice field today. Mason is likely a precaution stemming from the painful way he went to the ground Sunday after catching the TD against the Pats. Gaither was in a neck brace today, John Harbaugh said his neck “is a little stiff.” Neither the coach nor the player would rule out Gaither giving it a go Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

2:03-I asked Ray Lewis if he still gets excited to face former Defensive Coordinator Marvin Lewis (despite the fact that this will be the 13th time Marvin has faced the Ravens since going to Cincy). Ray confirmed that he did, saying it’s been “the teacher and the pupil from Day 1.” It appeared as though a few other Ravens players (including Terrell Suggs) understood the history between Marvin and the team despite the fact that VERY few of them were here when Marvin was.

1:54-Ravens players didn’t really appear to be concerned about Chad Ochocinco had to say this morning on a media conference call, or what he was Tweeting during the day yesterday. Here is a smattering of reactions:

-Ray Lewis: “That’s Chad, man. It’s just fun.” Ray also commented about Ochocinco’s comments regarding 52 as a mentor, saying “my phone is always open to him.” I’m “always trying to help him as a man.”
-Derrick Mason on if HE is the real “Ocho Cinco”: “My mother gave me a name. I’m gonna use it.”
-Todd Heap (who has a Pac 10 background with Ochocinco when they played at Arizona State and Oregon State respectively): “Chad and I go way back……I just laugh at him.” Todd also said that the Ravens will “try to hold him to no catches and no touchdowns” so they don’t see his TD celebration.
-Terrell Suggs (playfully) offered to take Ochocinco up on his offer to box him, suggesting a major event in Las Vegas.
-Domonique Foxworth said he found it funny that that Ochocinco called him “Vivica Foxworth” on Twitter Monday, but he had no interest in responding.
-John Harbaugh declined to comment on Ochocinco’s actions, saying instead “We’ve gotta defend him.”

1:18-Certainly the death of Tony Fein was on the minds of a number of Ravens players today, as well as Coach Harbaugh. Here is a smattering of the reactions:

-Harbaugh said the coaching staff talked about Tony’s death with players this morning. He said he was “shocked”, “saddened”, and “unbelievably disappointed” to hear the news. He went on to say that Fein “was a really good teammate”, “a Raven”, and that the organization had learned that the LB was going to be vindicated in court regarding the assault charges stemming from the incident at Johnny Rockets downtown.
-Derrick Mason said “my prayers go out to his family”, the death was “unfortunate”, and the Ravens “enjoyed him when he has here.”
-Ray Lewis said Fein was a “humble young man”, and he was “really sad” to hear about the news.
-College teammate and friend Michael Oher told me personally that he is considering a game to game tribute to Fein.

1:06-I’m going to start updating soon I PROMISE. In the meantime, head to the Audio Vault at WNST.net to hear from:

Coach John Harbaugh
QB Joe Flacco
WR Derrick Mason
TE Todd Heap
LB Ray Lewis
LB Prescott Burgess
LB Terrell Suggs
LB Jarrett Johnson
CB Domonique Foxworth
and my one on one with OT Michael Oher regarding the death of his Missippi teammate and friend Tony Fein

I will be joining Bob Haynie momentarily on AM1570 WNST.

11:19-The highlight of Chad Ochocinco’s conference call (besides The Ricky Bobby information) was his proclamation that the Baltimore media should let the Ravens know they’re going to “Kiss The Baby.” He asked the media to “make sure you tell them.”

He’s always entertaining.

11:03-Highlights from Chad Ochocinco:

-is Ray Lewis scared of him?: “I doubt it.”
-on Twitter fight with Fabian Washington and Domonique Foxworth: “I was playing around…….I have much respect” for them
-what does “Kiss The Baby” mean?: “It’s over.”
-said he’s preparing “The Ricky Bobby” celebration for Sunday. Confirmed it will come from scene in the movie “Talladega Nights” where Will Ferrell’s character believes he’s on fire. He said celebration is “a rule breaker”, and he’s “prepared to be fined” by NFL
-said Bengals defense is “saving our ass”, offense needs more “consistency”
-He’s “targetting” Ed Reed, Dawan Landry, F. Washington and Foxworth.
-Playing Ravens “most exciting game for me.”
-Ray Lewis is his “spiritual father”, a conversation he had with Ray changed his entire outlook from last season to this season
-says he’d like to box Terrell Suggs

10:57-Greetings from 1 Winning Drive, where the Ravens are preparing for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. Here’s a coulpe things we will be watching for today….

-Will Jared Gaither return to practice? John Harbaugh wouldn’t rule his big Tackle out for Sunday’s game, but certainly you’d imagine this team would use caution in dealing with a neck/shoulder injury.
-How will the team react to the death of Tony Fein? Certainly a number of players had the chance to get to know Tony during Training Camp, but none as well as Michael Oher, who played with him at Ole Miss.
-What will Chad Ochocinco have to say when he talks to us in a matter of minutes? Marvin Lewis is also chatting with the Baltimore media today-around 12:15, hopefully I will catch some of his conversation as well.
-Tavares Gooden missed the Patriots game because of injury, right? I couldn’t help but notice THIS note on this week’s Ravens-Browns game release: “All 53 Ravens players were healthy for the start of the game at New England.” I would assume this is just a mistake, but it might be worth noting…..

-G

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Wednesday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 07 October 2009 by Glenn Clark

So many Ravens tidbits yesterday-my comments were spread out on the air on AM1570, on Twitter, etc. Let me consolidate them here.

Tony Fein’s death: Tony was one of the better guys to be around in Westminster during Training Camp. Sadly, he will be best remembered for an incident in the Inner Harbor (a source there that night called the incident “complete overreaction” on both parties) that probably would have been dismissed, which is unfortunate. Tony’s service to his country and his dedication to the game of football were really special. He was friends with fellow former Ole Miss Rebels Jason Cook and Michael Oher; I imagine Oher is hurting today.

Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs NOT fined: I think it is important to remember that the comments made by these players were more about the RULES themselves than about the actual calls made by Ron Winter’s crew Sunday in Foxborough. Had T-Sizzle said something like “Ron Winter is blind”, he definitely would have been fined. Instead, all players talked about how quarterbacks are overprotected. They’re probably right.

Brendon Ayanbadejo OFFICIALLY to IR, Prescott Burgess OFFICIALLY brought back: Least surprising move I’ve ever seen. Burgess will join Antwan Barnes and Dannell Ellerbe as guys who will be counted on to contribute on both special teams and defense. We all knew this was coming; now Prescott gets his chance to prove himself again.

Chad Ochocinco gets into Twitter fight with Domonique Foxworth, Fabian Washington: Chad Ochocinco is an entertainer. Dom and Fabe (is that a good name for a pop group?) just need to be football players. Everything said yesterday was in good fun; and I actually LOVE 85’s “Kiss Da Baby” line, and none if the back and forth will matter if the Ravens’ corners play well Sunday.

Matt Stover tries out with Giants: I really thought the Browns would have tried to get Matt to kick for a day when they came to town with Phil Dawson hurt 2 weeks ago. New York is a close enough commute that I believe Matt would consider doing it if he was offered. However, it looks like Lawrence Tynes will remain in New York.

Best of Tuesday’s WNST Blogs:

Thyrl Nelson says Belichick appeared ‘truly giddy’ to beat Ravens

Luke Jones says Fein was teammates with Oher, Jason Cook at Ole Miss

Glenn Clark remembers great Maryland-Wake Forest moment

Ed Frankovic says Caps fell to Flyers 6-5 in OT

Drew Forrester not taking Capitals’ loss well

RAVENS:

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ravens officially brought back Prescott Burgess from Patriots’ practice squad

The Official Site says Ayanbadejo placed on IR to make room for Burgess

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says NFL chose not to fine Ray Lewis, Ed Reed for officiating comments

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Harbaugh standing by Mark Clayton

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Pats zeroed in on Derrick Mason after early success Sunday

The Official Site says Chris Carr doesn’t think he could play NHL hockey

Bengals Official Site’s Geoff Hobson says TE J.P. Foschi playing like ‘pro’ for Cincinnati

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says no details known in death of former Ravens LB hopeful Tony Fein

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ayanbadejo to have surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Kelley Washington excited to face former team Saturday

The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd says Clayton ‘tough’ through adversity of late drop

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. cleans up after me

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Ochocinco, Dominique Foxworth, Fabian Washington fought on Twitter Tuesday

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Matt Stover tried out with Giants

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Burgess had been playing very well before being traded to NE

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Dannell Ellerbe got off to ‘strong’ start for Ravens in first action against New England

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says VP of football operations Ray Anderson did not believe comments by 52, Reed warranted fines

The AP says Fein’s agent Milton Hobbs said player was working out in Port Orchard, WA in hopes of playing football again

Cincinnati Enquirer’s Joe Reedy says Bengals hoping to have Tank Johnson, Roy Williams back for Sunday’s game

USA Today has Ravens 5th in power rankings

Sporting News says Baltimore 28th best sports city in country

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver has Ravens 7th in power rankings

NFL.com has Ravens 4th in power rankings

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has Ravens 8th in power rankings

Fox Sports’ Adrian Hasenmayer has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com has Ravens 7th in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens have stayed high on Dannell Ellerbe

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ayanbadejo will be a ‘significant loss’

ESPN.com’s James Walker thinks Ravens deserve to be ahead of Jets in power rankings

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ray Rice hot, Mark Clayton not so much

TERRAPINS FOOTBALL:

Wake Forest Official Site previews Demon Deacons’ game against Maryland Saturday

Wake Forest Official Site offers complete Deacs-Terps release (pdf)

The Sun’s Sandra McKee says Fridge wouldn’t rule Campbell out for Saturday in Winston-Salem

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Ralph doesn’t appear to be looking to Morgan Green for help at RB

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Pinegar working as starter with Bruce Campbell hurt

Carroll County Times’ Matt Zenitz says things finally clicking for Don Brown’s defense

The AP says Friedgen knows Terps can’t ‘relax’ after win over Clemson

The Diamondback’s Adi Joseph says Nick Klemm or Pete deSouza could be forced into action with Bruce Campbell’s injury

The Diamondback’s Michael Katz says Demetrius Hartsfield nominated for AT&T All-America Player of the Week Award

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Campbell likely to be game time decision against Wake

Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says supporter Jack Heise passed away

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Cam Chism has contributed earlier that he was expected to

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Chris Turner bounced back from rough performance against Rutgers

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Tony Logan listed ahead of Anthony Wiseman on depth chart at punt returner

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Travis Baltz, Louis Berman, Nolan Carroll, Da’Rel Scott, Joe Vellano definitely OUT Saturday

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Ralph prefers D.J. Adams, Caleb Porzel to Morgan Green

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Jack Heise’s death came shortly after fellow supporter Bob Novak’s death

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says James Franklin admitted Terps need to go with younger backs because Morgan Green just hasn’t shown enough

Winston-Salem Journal’s Dan Collins says RB Kevin Harris, TE’s Cameron Ford, Ben Wooster not expected to play Saturday against Terps

ESPN.com’s Pat Forde offers Clemson ‘apology’ for loss to Maryland

TERRAPINS BASKETBALL:

Examiner Matthew Bouchard says Terps better to have Jordan Williams issue resolved before Maryland Madness

NAVY FOOTBALL:

The Official Site says Niumatalolo believes Teich doubtful for Saturday against Rice

Annapolis Capital’s Gerry Jackson says Navy football fans don’t have much to complain about with Niumatalolo’s Midshipmen

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Joe Buckley getting special treatment in Annapolis after big kick

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Vince Murray to start at Fullback for Mids against Rice

NAVY BASKETBALL:

The Official Site says MASN, CBS College Sports will carry 5 Midshipmen games this season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says former Mid David Robinson named to CAA’s 25th anniversary team

ORIOLES:

The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Wieters brought ‘poise, persistence’ to O’s in rookie campaign

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck doesn’t see Juan Samuel leaving club

USA Today has Birds 28th in final power rankings

CBS Sports’ Larry Dobrow has Birds 28th in final power rankings

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUES:

The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. says Pedro Florimon top SS in organization

SOCCER:

The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg and Lorraine Mirabella say Sheila Dixon interested in building soccer stadium downtown to try to lure DC United to Baltimore

Examiner Jeff Hemelt says Dixon wants stadium near Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium

Washington Post’s Steve Goff says United recognizes Baltimore’s ability to build ‘world-class’ sports facilities

Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says United ‘look forward’ to results of Maryland Stadium Authority’s study of Baltimore as possible new home

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:

-Having Bruce Campbell would make a WORLD of difference for Maryland Saturday against WFU. Davin Meggett will have to shoulder a load, and Chris Turner HAS to stay on his feet. With no offense to Paul Pinegar, they could REALLY use Bruce Campbell.

-I am ALL FOR the city of Baltimore building a “secondary stadium” with hopes of having MLS as a primary tenant. Much like Drew Forrester, I think an arena is a more PRESSING priority; but cities across the country are building stadiums like this, and Baltimore has the chance to make money off of an immediate professional sports franchise that needs a new home.

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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