Gino Gradkowski visited Ravens
OWINGS MILLS -- University of Delaware All-American center Gino Gradkowski visited the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans this week
The younger brother of NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder has upcoming visits with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons.
The Pittsburgh native has conducted private workouts for the Ravens, Titans and the Philadelphia Eagles.
"It was a great experience, a beautiful facility and everything was first-class with the Ravens," Gradkowski said in a telephone interview. "I really enjoyed talking to their coaches and everyone with the Ravens. Baltimore, that's just what football is all about. Places like that and Pittsburgh have that great fan base that cares about their team."
A two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection who transferred from West Virginia, Gradkowski ran the 40-yard dash in 5.25 seconds at his Pro Day workout and bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times with a 28 1/2 inch vertical leap, an 8-7 broad jump, a 4.78 20-yard shuttle and a 7.75 three-cone drill.
"I definitely take pride in being athletic," Gradkowski said. "I played basketball in high school. That's where I got my athleticism from. I'm good in space at blocking the secondary guys. I take a lot of pride in my ability to understand offenses and defenses. Mentally-wise, I bring a lot to the table."
"It's good that I played all three inside positions at Delaware. My versatility, bouncing around the inside, obviously helps. Anybody that goes to the NFL wants to be a starter. That's my goal. If I need to be that swing man as a backup my first year, that's fine. I want to compete for a starting job."
Gradkowski said he tries to emulate veteran NFL centers like Ravens six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk and Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday.
"Hopefully, I wind up on a team with a veteran guy," Gradkowski said. "Baltimore would be a great situation for me. To learn behind Matt Birk would be awesome and be able to pick his brain."
Ravens host WR Stephen Hill
OWINGS MILLS -- One of the stars of the NFL scouting combine, speedy Georgia Tech junior wide receiver Stephen Hill visited the Baltimore Ravens this week.
Hill is an extremely athletic 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds at the combine.
Last season, he caught a career-high 28 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns while operating in the Yellow Jackets' run-first triple option offense.
Hill is also regarded as a strong blocker, regularly pancaking smaller defensive backs.
Hill is a former track star who excelled in the long jump in high school, breaking the state record. His best jump was good enough that it would have tied him for ninth at the last Olympic games.
As a sophomore, Hill caught 15 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns.
He finished his career with 1,248 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 25.47 yards per reception.
The Ravens could use a big, fast wide receiver to operate opposite Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin.
"He's an explosive guy who plays in that triple-option offense and really jumped off the film in terms of vertical speed," director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said. "He's raw, like a lot of guys are who have come out of that offense, Demaryius Thomas. Their route polish isn't quite there, but his athletic traits are really outstanding and exceptional, rare for the position.
"It would be a process of him picking up an NFL-style offense, learning how to read defenses. He doesn't have to do a lot of that there. He has to block or run vertical, a limited route tree
Ravens to host Cal linebacker
OWINGS MILLS — Cal linebacker Mychal Kendricks is scheduled to visit the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons this week.
The 5-foot-11, 240-pound Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.
He also bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times, registered a 39 1/2 inch vertical leap, a 10-7 broad jump and a 4.19 in the 20-yard shuttle
He has drawn second-round grades from draft analysts.
At his campus Pro Day workout, he improved his 20-yard shuttle to 4.14 seconds and posted a 6.68 three-cone drill.
Kendricks' father was a running back at UCLA who led the Bruins in rushing twice.
Kendricks recorded 106 tackles, 14 1/2 for losses, one sack, a forced fumble, an interception returned for a touchdown and two fumble recoveries.
A three-year starter, Kendricks has dealt with shoulder and thumb injuries in the past.
For his career, the all-conference linebacker had 258 tackles, 36 1/2 for losses, 13 1/2 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions, five pass deflections and a blocked punt.
As a junior, Kendricks was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection.
Ravens: Breaking down Lardarius Webb's $50 million deal
OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb's $50 million contract includes a $10 million signing bonus and a $5 million option bonus.
The option bonus is due in 2013.
He'll make $18 million in the first two years of the deal, $25.5 million through the first three years, $33.5 million over four years and $41.5 million over five years.
Due a $615,000 base salary in 2012 after initially being scheduled to make $2.742 million through a first-round restricted free agent tender.
Webb's $2.385 million contract is guaranteed for injury only in 2013. He has a $5.385 million salary-cap figure in 2013.
In 2014, his base salary rises to $7.5 million with $2.615 million of that number guaranteed for injury only. His salary-cap figure is $10.5 million.
In 2015, Webb is due an $8 million base salary and counts $11 million against the salary cap.
In 2016, Webb gets an $8 million base salary with an $11 million salary- cap figure.
In his 2017 option year, Webb gets an $8.5 million base salary and has a $9.5 million salary-cap figure
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