The Ravens continued to show their strong interest in Kyle Boller this week, when they entertained the University of California quarterback on the first day college players visited the team's facilities.
The Ravens have the 10th overall pick in this month's NFL draft and have been linked to Boller in many recent mock drafts. One of the fastest rising prospects, Boller has been tabbed as the third-best quarterback of the draft behind Southern California's Carson Palmer and Marshall's Byron Leftwich.
Since Palmer and Leftwich could be taken in the top nine picks, the Ravens are taking a hard look at Boller. He toured the Ravens' training complex Thursday, along with guard Montrae Holland (Florida State), running back Rashard Lee (Middle Tennessee State), defensive end Antwan Peek (Cincinnati) and defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin (Tennessee).
Besides this week's visit, the Ravens have seen Boller three previous times. The Ravens talked and scouted him at the NFL combine in February. A month later, Ravens offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh was among the crowd watching Boller's Pro Day workout in Berkeley, Calif. Then, just two weeks ago, the Ravens had a private workout with Boller.
"It was awesome," Boller said of his visit. "I love the coaches. I really love the area. I'd love to be a Raven."
He did, however, say he formed a connection with Ravens coach Brian Billick after Billick, general manger Ozzie Newsome, offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and player personnel director Phil Savage attended a workout on Boller's home campus 16 days ago.
"It was good to be able to be here. I love Coach Billick," Boller said. "If I can play for him, I feel like I can be happier than ever."
Chris Redman's successful offseason back surgery is still a concern, so the Ravens are in the market for a young quarterback. Team officials attended a workout for Leftwich on Monday, one in which the quarterback proved he had recovered from a broken leg suffered last season.
The Cincinnati Bengals, who own the draft's top pick, the Bears and possibly the Dallas Cowboys also are interested in Leftwich, and there is a better chance Boller will be on the board when the Ravens select.
Boller's senior year, when he threw for 2,815 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, was his only impressive one. While his arm strength is unquestionable (he can throw 70 yards on the run), Boller was 7-21 as a starter, never completed more than 50 percent of his passes and threw more interceptions (38) than touchdowns (36) his first three seasons.