Not that anybody should be surprised. As is so often the case, coach
"I think it goes back to this: All things are possible," he said Saturday at the team's Owings Mills headquarters. "…I'm not ruling anything out. You've got to fight in this league for your spot every single day, and that goes for all the guys on our offensive line as well."
Still, iIt appears that
That leaves the spot vacated by Grubbs, the
With their first pick in the fourth round Saturday — the 98th overall — the Ravens selected Delaware lineman Gino Gradkowski. Gradkowski played all three interior positions on the line in college — starting four games at center and seven at left guard last season — and will be asked to learn both positions with the Ravens. He's an option to replace Birk, whom he has long admired.
The Ravens did not bring Osemele in for a workout, and they had only a limited chance to see him work at guard when he played there during Senior Bowl week.
It would be premature to say that any of the three are ready to be every-down
"[General manager] Ozzie [Newsome] always says — and it's played out in the last few years — our roster's not final until the week before the season," Cameron said. "We're always looking to get better. We've been able to pick up some guys even in training camp."
Ravens fans became accustomed to seeing linebacker
"I did a lot of dropping in coverage in practice, more so than I did in the games, because at Alabama coach [Nick] Saban just told me to go pass rush," Upshaw said, "and he preferred me to be a pass rusher because I was one of the better pass rushers on the team."
His ability to get to the quarterback — Upshaw had 16.5 sacks over his final two seasons — has led to the inevitable comparisons to current Ravens linebacker
"Terrell Suggs is Terrell Suggs, no other," he said. "I am just trying to come in and learn from him. I am sure he can help me out. … I want to come in and learn from the best, and Terrell Suggs is one of the best."
While the Ravens made much of Upshaw being a good fit because of his physical nature, he also appears to be ready to join a defense renowned for its camaraderie under the guidance of linebacker
"I love my teammates to death," Upshaw said when asked about seeing four Crimson Tide players get drafted in the first round. "We just developed that bond at Alabama, and that's what made us good, especially my defensive players — we just became close friends."
Search for undrafted free agents underway
There's a reason the Ravens have had success signing undrafted free agents who go on to become impact players. Generally, director of player personnel
It won't be so simple this year. Only about three players on the team's board went undrafted, and that may have been due to medical concerns, DeCosta said.
Harbaugh didn't meet with reporters after the draft because he was meeting with scouts to plan their strategy for negotiating with free agents, whose agents begin taking calls immediately after the draft ends.
Though the Ravens addressed many of their needs, they'll look to add special teams and offensive and defensive line depth.
Three of the team's current linebackers –
Cyhl Quarles, a safety from Wake Forest, said Saturday night on Twitter that he had agreed to sign with the Ravens.
The Ravens also signed Florida quarterback
"There are still a lot of good players out there," DeCosta said. "The hunt goes on."
The Ravens will convene a rookie minicamp in two weeks, Newsome said.
Taking the long road
Gradkowski hasn't met
"I feel like, from the things I have heard, we are very similar, personality wise," Gradkowski said. "So I think we will hit it off, and I am excited to meet him."
Like Flacco, Gradkowski transferred to Delaware in search of playing time. He redshirted as a freshman at
He had Flacco — among others — to look to for reassurance that elite players could emerge from the FCS level.
"He paved the way for all the small-school guys, especially guys coming from Delaware," Gradkowski said. "He is doing a great job of representing the school to the best of his ability, and we appreciate that."
Safety Christian Thompson, whom the Ravens selected with the 130th pick out of South Carolina State, sought advice from Reed before the draft and was told to "stay hungry, stay humble and save your money," according to reports out of South Carolina. … Upshaw said he looks forward to trying to tackle former Alabama teammate