Ravens host Boller

OWINGS MILLS – In confirming the details on Cal quarterback Kyle Boller, the Baltimore Ravens had already traveled extensively. Besides observing him at the scouting combine in Indianapolis, the Ravens later sent a delegation off to watch his personal workout on the Berkeley campus. Shortly beforehand, Boller began being linked to the Ravens' 10th overall pick in mock drafts as he enjoys an apparent meteoric rise up teams' draft boards.

On Thursday, Boller met with Baltimore coach Brian Billick, quarterbacks coach David Shaw and members of the personnel department at the Ravens' training complex along with four other college seniors.

Boller's previous visit was with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who hold the eighth overall selection. He visits the Chicago Bears next.

Chicago has the fourth pick and is also considering defensive prospects like Kansas State cornerback Terence Newman, Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs, Penn State defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and Kentucky defensive lineman Dewayne Robertson.

 "It was good to be able to be here," said Boller, who passed for 2,815 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season with 53.4 percent accuracy. "I love coach Billick. If I could play for him, I would be happier than ever."

Boller has been consistently lauded for his arm strength and sprinting ability with 4.6 speed over 40 yards, but has a career mark of 14-26 as the Golden Bears' starter He improved markedly last year in his lone season under Jeff Tedford.

The Ravens seemed to match Boller's enthusiasm.

"He's a good kid, very talented," Billick said. "We would be lucky to have him if it turned out that way."

The Ravens also hosted Florida State offensive guard Montrae Holland, Cincinnati defensive end Antwan Peek, who major project to outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, Middle Tennessee State running back Reshard Lee and Tennessee defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin.

Holland and Peek are likely first-day selections.

Holland is a stocky lineman at 6-1, 333 pounds who earned all-conference honors for the Seminoles.

Peek is a former wide receiver and defensive back who is undersized for end at 6-2, 246 pounds, but has 4.62 speed.

Last season, he collected six sacks, forced seven fumbles and recovered five.

Lee is an early entry to the draft and a former option quarterback who rushed for 642 yards and six touchdowns last year.

Franklin is a 6-1, 307-pounder who had 50 tackles and two sacks last season for the Volunteers. Billick said Baltimore would host three more players today.

 "It was good to get to know the coaches and see how they run things around here," Franklin said. "I just want to get in somewhere and make things happen."

NOTE: Billick was optimistic about the club's negotiations with free agent outside linebacker Jamir Miller and receiver Frank Sanders.

"Jamir, we're in very strong, active negotiations with," Billick said. "It's just a matter of what the structure looks like, which is a good sign. And Sanders we're expecting some type of conclusion by next week."


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