From 1 Winning Drive: More Ben Grubbs inf

April 29, 2007 | WNST Staff

So Ben Grubbs is the newest Baltimore Raven. Ben is the 1st Auburn guy the Ravens have ever drafted, Ben said it will be an interesting contract talks with Ozzie, due to his Alabama ties.

I honestly believe that Joe Staley was the Ravens guy and they would have taken him, had it not been for the 49ers jumping up to take him at 28.

Ben never visited the Ravens and according to him never really had any discussions with the team. I asked Ben what it was like when he received the call saying he was the guy, he said he had caller id which showed up that it was Baltimore. When he realized it was the Ravens he started jumping up and down and hollering with excitement.

Grubbs said the Ravens are his favorite team to watch and Ray Lewis is his favorite player.

So now it will be interesting to see how the Ravens approach the guard position for the upcoming season. With Jason Brown penciled in as one of the guards, the battle now will be between Grubbs, Chris Chester, and Keydrick Vincent for that starting job.

The Ravens have really addressed their offensive line with the picks of Adam Terry, Jason Brown, Chris Chester, and Ben Grubbs. It is a clear sign that the Ravens are going with a younger more athletic offensive line, which will lead to guys that can get down field and throw blocks for Willis McGahee.

Ozzie Newsome admitted that he had conversation with Brady Quinn and that the team had talked to teams about moving up to get him, but it never took shape. Ozzie jokingly said,