The Ravens are confident in starting fullback Alan Ricard and will keep backup fullback Harold Morrow as a special teams ace. To carry Mughelli would require the Ravens to keep three fullbacks and six total running backs, which will probably not happen. Mughelli's best chance of making the final cutdown is unseating Ricard, but he probably needs another year in the Ravens' system before competing with Ricard.
"We'll get him in pads and see how he handles the adjustment to linebackers and their attack and how they play defense at this level compared to college, but I think he will handle that adjustment well," running backs coach Matt Simon said. "We'll get an idea of what he can do in the next year or upcoming seasons."
Simon later added, "He is a very bright young man, and he has a lot of talent and a lot of options in his life."
If a career in the NFL doesn't pan out, one option for Mughelli is medical school. Mughelli, the son of an obstetrician/gynecologist, was preparing for the Medical College Admissions Test before Baltimore drafted him.
"I was going to take the MCATs right before I got drafted, so I was studying very heavily. ... I took all the classes (Wake Forest) for it," Mughelli said. "I might go back to it after I'm done with football. ... I love medicine, but football was my first love."
Mughelli, though, does have history working in his favor. Of the previous four players drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round, all made the final 53-man roster in their first season and half of them (guard Edwin Mulitalo and linebacker Ed Hartwell) will be starters on this year's team.
NOTES, QUOTES, ANECDOTES
--Chris McAlister, the Ravens' top cornerback and primary punt returner for the first half of last season, will focus on his defensive duties this season.
The Ravens lost McAlister for three games last year after he sprained his ankle fielding a punt at the Ravens' 3-yard line rather than let the ball bounce into the end zone. It was his last punt return of the season and most likely his Ravens career.
"Chris is going to be on punt return; he's just not going to return," Billick said. "He's the best jam guy we have [to block the] gunners."
--What the Ravens' starting quarterbacks lack in experience, they make up for in velocity. This group -- Chris Redman, Kyle Boller and Anthony Wright -- have combined for 11 NFL starts but they have combined to form the strongest set of arms in coach Brian Billick's five seasons in Baltimore.
"We're comfortable with the choices we have right now," Billick said. "We're going to go to great lengths to qualify it with every completion, every third-down conversion, and not just go with the perception that this guy is playing better than that guy. We're going to be very detailed with it because we don't want to miss anything."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "A lot of people say they want a very big guy, but the important thing in defensive line play is leverage. And I've got it built in. If I stand up, I'm still underneath the guy." -- Nose tackle Kelly Gregg on being undersized at 6 feet, 300 pounds.