Ravens to meet with V. Young

OWINGS MILLS -- University of Texas quarterback Vince Young is scheduled to meet with the Baltimore Ravens early next month at the team's training complex, according to his agent.

Young plans to fly into Baltimore and meet with team officials April 3, said Major Adams, the agent for the athletic passer who led the Longhorns to a national championship victory over USC in the Rose Bowl. Typically, the Ravens don't confirm visits by potential draft picks.

Ravens quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel was on the Texas campus Wednesday to watch Young's workout, which resembled a crowded NFL convention.

"The Ravens seem to be sincerely interested," Adams said. "Vince had a good, informal chat with Rick Neuheisel. At this time of year, everyone has their poker face on, but the Ravens would be a nice fit for Vince if he doesn't go as high in the draft as we hope he will."
Young, who spent Thursday meeting with the Tennessee Titans' coaches and scouts, is also scheduled for private workouts with the Houston Texans, New York Jets, Titans and Oakland Raiders.

Young ran the 40 yard dash in a slightly slower than expected 4.57 seconds, but apparently boosted his stock significantly with NFL teams depending upon whom you believe. Prior to the draft, several teams tend to publicly praise or make lukewarm statements about prospects depending on whether they want them to rise or slide down draft boards.

Young has been criticized for his reported score of 6 on the Wonderlic intelligence test and for an unconventional, nearly sidearm delivery. However, his uncommon mobility, a calm demeanor under pressure and a penchant for game-impacting plays are major pluses for the consensus All-American.

The 6-foot-4, 228-pound junior demonstrated a quick release Wednesday and looked fairly comfortable dropping back from center after usually operating out of a shotgun at Texas, according to scouts.

"From what the teams told me at his workout, Vince just helped himself out a whole lot," Adams said. "If everything goes right, he won't have to wait long to hear his name called. He's ready for the next level and can't wait to get there."

NOTES: The Ravens haven't spoken with the representatives for free agent safeties Keion Carpenter (Atlanta Falcons) and Deke Cooper (Jacksonville Jaguars). "We're in serious talks with two other teams, but not the Ravens," said Joseph Flanagan, Cooper's agent. "I would think the Ravens could be a potential link at some point, but everyone is saying, ‘We're letting the market settle,' so we'll see what happens." ... The Minnesota Vikings signed hard-hitting former Titans safety Tank Williams. ... If Baltimore doesn't sign a veteran safety, they could possibly obtain Will Demps' replacement in the first round if Texas safety Mike Huff somehow slides to them. USC safety Darnell Bing could be an attractive option in the second round. ... Dime back Chad Williams could eventually be re-signed for depth. ... Former Ravens quarterback Anthony Wright, who went 2-5 as a starter last season when Kyle Boller was sidelined with a toe injury, visited the Cincinnati Bengals. Wright passed for 1,582 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions with a 71.7 quarterback rating last season, going 2-5 as a starter.

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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