Although the Ravens are still considered the most likely destination for
veteran free agent Kerry Collins while keeping an eye on whether the Tennessee Titans will part ways with Steve McNair because of his $23.46 million salary-cap
figure, they still plan to attend star quarterback Vince Young's personal
workout Wednesday on the University of Texas campus.
Following a stellar performance in the Rose Bowl where he carried the Longhorns on his back to a national championship victory over USC, Young's stock has been dropping largely because of reports of a score of six on the Wonderlic logic and intelligence exam along with an unconventional, sidearm throwing delivery.
Young is regarded as an outstanding prospect, albeit one in need of some polish. It's possible that Young could slide down draft boards because of a bumpy offseason amidst criticism that his agent, Major Adams, is too inexperienced to represent such a high-profile draft pick. The Ravens hold the 13th overall pick in the first round and Young is probably a long shot to fall to them.
Young was reportedly unaware he would have to take the Wonderlic at the scouting combine, scoring a six. Because of a scoring error, Young's first score was changed to a seven. He was allowed to retake the test and scored a 15 on the second try, an extremely low score for a quarterback.
At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Young's mobility, strength, poise and improvisational skills are considered off-the-charts by scouts and analysts.
Just in case Young slips out of the top 10 picks or if they wind up playing against him, the Ravens are heading to Austin, Texas to get a first-hand scouting report.
NOTES: The agent for quarterback Brian Griese said there's nothing new to report regarding Baltimore. Griese is in discussions with the Cincinnati Bengals and Chicago Bears. ... Punter Jason Baker visited the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday. "I told the Ravens there's no guarantee of him coming out of St. Louis without a contract," said Frank Murtha, Baker's agent. . Former Towson punter Sean Landeta is another possibility. . The Ravens have been pitched several times by the agent for Philadelphia Eagles restricted free agent punter Dirk Johnson without much reciprocal interest. . The Ravens have been talking with Cincinnati Bengals free agent linebacker/special teams captain Marcus Wilkins. "We're on Baltimore's radio screen, but we haven't gotten an offer from them yet," said Mark Mersel, Wilkins' agent. "Marcus is looking for an opportunity to get on the field on the defensive side of the ball." ... The Ravens have no visits currently scheduled.
In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.
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