OWINGS MILLS -- Questions and answers regarding the Baltimore Ravens, free agency and the draft with scout.com NFL expert Adam Caplan and Ravens Insider publisher Aaron Wilson:
aaronwilson Adam Terry is the frontrunner to start at left tackle at this point.
I guess its me but I'm not very high on Terry I do think Yanda is good
adamcaplan Terry isn't anything special
adamcaplan Gaither has much more upside
Adam Terry played exceptionally well at LT but did poorly at RT
aaronwilson Do you think Demetrius Williams could eventually be better than Mark Clayton?
adamcaplan TS: I don't see him as a LT for the long-term
aaronwilson I wouldn't say it was exceptional. More like solid to average.
adamcaplan AA: Williams has explosiveness to his game
Where do you see Ravens going first round
adamcaplan Clayton is better with run after the catch.
I heard there is a possibility that next year may be an un capped year is that true?
adamcaplan PD: QB/DE/CB possibly
adamcaplan AM: 2010
aaronwilson Adam, what do you think Baltimore will do in the draft with the eighth pick under the assumption that Matt Ryan will be unavailable? Aqib Talib? Sedrick Ellis? Vernon Gholston? Mike Jenkins? Ryan Clady? What's the most likely fit and value given what you heard at he scouting combine?
adamcaplan Although I can't see it in the end, too much money on the line
8 to early for the CB's out there
adamcaplan AA: Ryan could go anywhere from 1-15
6,0Any new talk about Strike or lock-out?
adamcaplan WAY: Not yet though it will be dealt with at the owners meetings next month
adamcaplan AA: Ellis won't make it to BAL
adamcaplan he's going top 5
aaronwilson What do you think of some of the other alternatives to Ryan I listed?
adamcaplan Clady will be there
adamcaplan it comes down to what they think of Gaither
adamcaplan Talib is a little later
They won't go RT
Is Clady worth the #8 pick though?
what do you think of Flacco in the 2nd round?
How serious was the pectorial injury to Clady
aaronwilson I think Talib would be a good fit, too, even though he's not as fast as Mike Jenkins, Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie or Leodis McKelvin.
adamcaplan DM: As I suggested two months ago, that's the guy who they would look at but I don't think he makes it to them
adamcaplan I'll be at his pro day next week
adamcaplan> McKelvin has return ability
Will Brohm go in the first round
aaronwilson Do you think Chad Henne or Brian Brohm will be available at No. 39 and worth it if Joe Flacco climbs into the end of the first round?
Is there any hopes of us taking Gholston if he falls to us?
adamcaplan I really like Flacco and Henne
adamcaplan either one would fit what BAL wants to do
6,0I'm thinking Rogers-Cromartie might work for us
adamcaplan power run, vertical passing game
adamcaplan WAY: He's really raw
adamcaplan but talented
adamcaplan Had a great Senior Bowl week
adamcaplan TS: Probably a bit too early
adamcaplan but we have two months before the draft
DRC looked good today in the drills
adamcaplan pecking order isn't set yet
adamcaplan PD: Very athletic but needs work in lots of areas
aaronwilson What kind of chance do you give Cam Cameron of turning this offense around with this uncertain quarterback situation? Could a real guru finally be in town now that Brian Billick is gone?
o good question aaron
adamcaplan AA: He's a good QB coach and offensive schemer so he has to have a good QB to work with
would you give Troy Smith a shot?
adamcaplan It's a situation that's very fluid now
adamcaplan lots can happen
adamcaplan TS: I can't see it
adamcaplan is what he is, erratic accuracy
adamcaplan strong arm
6,0thats what I was worried about too
aaronwilson Are you a Josh Johnson fan? John Harbaugh seemed to like him and he played for his brother, Jim Harbaugh, at U. San Diego.
adamcaplan AA: No
adamcaplan he can't play
adamcaplan bad arm
adamcaplan good movement skills
Can't play? The dude lit it up at his shrine game
what are his chances in the NFL
adamcaplan TS: MY mom could light it up against that competition
Shrine Game is vanilla
adamcaplan had a bad combine workout
Best QB possible for 2nd round all things considered?
adamcaplan I got a complete report from a QB coach
adamcaplan on the QBs
adamcaplan Hemnne and Flacco looked best, others were mostly bad
aaronwilson How would you rank the top six quarterbacks based on that report?
adamcaplan Brennan wasn't too bad
adamcaplan AA: As of now, Ryan, Henne, Flacco, Brohem
adamcaplan Brohm looked decent but lots of NFL people believe he won't be very good
Is that the Ravens order?
adamcaplan most upside of the QBs-Flacco
adamcaplan has a chance to be special down the road
adamcaplan NEMO: Ask me a few weeks before the draft
aaronwilson What do you think of John Harbaugh and the coaching staff he put together?
adamcaplan on that stuff
adamcaplan we're into free agency now
adamcaplan AA: Good guy and I'm told he can handle the lockerroom
adamcaplan which as you know is huge with Ray Lewis etc.
IS Asante going to the Browns
adamcaplan PD: Can't see it
aaronwilson And what should we expect in the AFC North as far as free agency from the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland
Browns outlook? Just the basic skinny.
any odds of bring Bryant Johnson in?
adamcaplan Nemo: Henne
adamcaplan could be there
adamcaplan TS: Probably now
adamcaplan he thinks he could start
adamcaplan and that won't happen with BAL
adamcaplan TEN wants him
adamcaplan MIN will look
but he did grow up here and might want t come back
he could probably start in BAL given his size vs our WRs
adamcaplan RAY: He could care less
adamcaplan he wants to start and get paid
adamcaplan sure he would like to play at home
adamcaplan but players want to get paid
adamcaplan and get a starting role
adamcaplan with Mason back
adamcaplan forget it
adamcaplan and Williams is really talented
adamcaplan and the Ravens like him
adamcaplan AA: CIN won't do much in free agency, will look to draft, PIT same thing
Do you think Jason Brown will be scooped up by another team?
adamcaplan as always
adamcaplan CLE will look for NT and OLB
adamcaplan Calvin Pace possibly
adamcaplan RAY: He'll be back
aaronwilson There's some concern around here that Jason Brown is vulnerable to an offer Baltimore won't be able to match. His agent told me he's likely going to get the second-round tender, about $1.4 million.
adamcaplan NEMO: They want to get at least two free agents
aaronwilson I think that's what he should be tendered at.
adamcaplan AA: NO would look at Brown
adamcaplan they will lose Faine as I reported today
adamcaplan But I think in the end Brown will be back
adamcaplan unless another team signs him to a big RFA offer sheet
adamcaplan Be sure to read my free agency blog
aaronwilson Guys, be sure to go to Adam's free agency blog on the NFL experts page. It's filled with stuff that's not being reported anywhere
else. He has a huge headstart on free agency over the usual suspects national guys.
adamcaplan most of it you won't read anywhere else
adamcaplan I decided not to work on the college kids much at the combine and just do free agency stuff so I'm ahead of the others
Who was the most impressive CB at the combine and will that player be at #8?
Hey Adam, why in the world didn't Woodson workout? his stock is dropping fast right?
adamcaplan ME: He was terrible at the Senior Bowl, not sure what's going on
adamcaplan basically any chance to go in first three rounds is gone
where will Moss end up
adamcaplan PD: I think he will be back with NE
adamcaplan in the end
adamcaplan they will let him see what the best offer he can get
Is TO moving?
adamcaplan NE: Nope
adamcaplan On Hardy, off the field issues
adamcaplan may drop
Mike Jenkins or McKelvin?
McKelvin is well liked
return ability helps
any word on Gary Guyton's stock after the combine?
he's looking at picks 10-15
Basic question...will Harbaugh influence our draft in any way different from BB?
How about Jenkins on the grade and the character front?
But he's a small school which is always a concerned
AA: I haven't heard yet
where does Dre Moore fit in at the next level?
adamcaplan NE: Not sure yet on that. But Ozzie will get final say as usual
adamcaplan but with imput from coaches and scouts
adamcaplan Guys: That's all the time I have, see you next time
Thanks, Adam. Great stuff.
thanks a bunch
any word on any other players restructuring?
any FA OLineman catching Ozzies eye?
I believe they met with Vernon Gholston and Sedrick Ellis.
Chris McAlister is a candidate, but no movement afoot. It's believed they can afford to tender their restricted free agents and
franchise Terrell Suggs following Jonathan Ogden's restructure that we reported here last week.
do you thing they will be there when we pick
Ozzie can't afford the free agent linemen.
I don't think Jordy Nelson is that high on their list, but they respect him.
The Brown thing...what does your gut say? I have hoped he'd stay a Raven..
then he cant afford my love
I think he stays.
do you think Mcnair is gone
60-40, he stays.
If he gets in shape and possibly plays ball with them with his contract.
60-40 Brown or McNair?
i'll have to call ozzie and change his mind on jordy
His agent is expecting him to be retained and start and the organization keeps saying to not rule him out.
do tehy have confidence in Yanda if he needs to step in as a guard?
if Brown moves on
Yes, they think he would be best suited to play guard actually, but he's their best right tackle at this point, so he stays.
Assuming Jason Brown does stay, could he be moved to Center if flynn is cut?
Yes, he could play center. Ideally, they don't want to move him, though.
Adam says they like Gaither Do you think he will be ready to start this year or 2009
He's an anchor at left guard, but he needs to get in better shape. Tends to balloon up too much.
With Ogden retiring, the Oline could use a huge makeover on the interior
Move Grubbs to LG, Brown to C, and move Yanda inside with hopes of drafting a nice RT
I think Gaither is more of a 2009 emergence. While Ogden hasn't declared he will retire, a team source told me they expect him to
definitely retire at some point this spring.
how many wings did Brown eat in one sitting? wasnt it like 85 or something?
Can Chester put on the weight needed to be affective
and thats why terry wore that number
84 wings on a bet with Adam Terry.
Has our draft spot become a hot commodity with impressive combine performances for some of the top prospects? Has trading down
become a bit easier?
I really don't think Chris Chester's body is going to allow him to pack on that many pounds. He actually needs to get fatter.
I'm assuming Terry's jersey change to #84 for that game was no coincidence?
I could see Cincinnati ringing the Ravens up if Sedrick Ellis or Rivers are still there.
I like Ellis!
Terry's jersey number was based on the bet.
Everybody likes Ellis. What an impact interior guy he could be here, even though they don't reall need him.
maybe Chester needs to learn from Brown how to pack in the food
So Aaron, what do YOU think of Henne. Adam said he thinks he will be left in round 2...
he can be his personal trainer
Gregg isn't getting younger and pryce may not be here next season so I'd get him if we could
I really like Henne's arm strength and toughness. You wish he were more mobile and taller ideally, but I like him. And I'm sure
Harbaugh wouldn't mind having a Michigan man under center.
I think Rex Ryan could certainly find a creative way to utilize Sedrick Ellis in a rotation with Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata as well as using him as a defensive end in a 3-4 set, too.
Ngata and Ellis would just be rediculous, granted taht Ellis pans out as exected
As far as Chester, some people just don't naturally gain that much weight. He's very filled out at 300 pounds.
I'd love to get a big DE like Campbell, Ellis, Langford, or Harvey
There are a ton of quality ends. Six are going to go in the first round.
What's the deal with Harvey's weight? Is he 291 or 271?
Guy from Florida?
do you think the new oline coach can get something out of him. They were high on him when they drafted him
Apparently, he's 291, according to the official combine results.
thats pretty good, especially since he ran a 4.8
If so, I would take him at 8
he didnt lose his speed
I think John Matsko can develop Chris Chester, but he'll need to get bigger and tougher on his own.
40-yard dash speed isn't that important for a lineman. It's all about short-area quickness and power.
Harvey had a very nice combine given his surprise weight
I am really praying for Matsko to get the most out of this line, man.
I'm not sure if that wouldn't be a reach for Derrick Harvey at that spot. Not sure what separates him from the other candidates,
including the cornerbacks.
Good prospect, but let's not turn him into the next Mike Mamula.
his connection with Gregg mattison?
That's helpful for the evaluation, but it doesn't always mean a guy will get picked. Same thing with the North Carolina guys for Chuck Pagano. Or Andy Moeller having coached Jake Long, who will be gone when Baltimore is on the clock.
I bet he'll make a push for Harvey or just put in a nice word
hell give an honest opinion
I'm sure he'll wave the flag, definitely, but the decision is up to Ozzie Newsome. Mattison is a really good hire, so is Pagano.
What's the word on Josh Johnson? If we like him, would we take him with our 2nd pick or try to trade back some?
So Aaron, if the Ravens are not active in FA, any guys in our division who will impact us?
i doubt hell push a guy he knows sucks, then he wont be trusted again
Josh Johnson isn't a second-round pick. He's more of a Day II guy.
or a guy he knows wont pan out as expected
Is there a corner that they could take at 8 is is that two hih for the CB's in this draft
I think Cleveland is going to be active.
I don't expect the Steelers to do that much in free agency, not their style.
are they going to resign Ben?
Corner can be addressed later, no?
I think Aqib Talib is worth it at that spot even though cornerback isn't a total emergency situation. They definitely need one. I'm also
high on Mike Jenkins. The small-school guys may be too early at that spot.
lol, no they will let him walk after next year
sign him when in 2010 when there is no cap@!
imagine that....a steeler Qb behind a Ravens center
I expect the Steelers to give Ben Roethlisberger a new deal.
wide spread panic
that would be a disaster (the capless year)
I hope Gholstons there
Aaron, any idea if the Cowboys are really trying to trade up to #1?
they would be dumb to do so
I think Gholston might be there.
this is a draft where they can fill two holes and know they are gtting quality
Don't rule out that possibility if he makes it past the NY Jets.
he would be an awesome pickup
I think Dallas will resist that temptation.
will he be the pick if he is there
I think they would turn in the card if Jake Long, Sedrick Ellis and others are gone.
Turn the card in on Gholston.
I think that the Ravens could trade out if a DT falls, Cinnci and Denver will want Sedrick Ellis hard
That would be great if the others are not there.
Gholston and Suggs would be awesome
Would drafting Gholston mean the end of Suggs in Baltimore?
I could see Cincinnati definitely calling the Ravens if Ellis is there at No. 8.
No, I think they would keep both guys.
That's a lot of money to tie up into the LB position
I think we stay if that is the case
He would be hard to pass up, though.
Ellis or Gholston.
Why give Marvin ammo?
I don't think Ellis will last that long, though. Such a good player.
Scott and lewis are FA after this year so they need LB's
And exactly why help Marvin Lewis' Bengals.
someone is going to fall
If we get a 2nd rounder out of them
hopefully someone that is good trade bait
Perhaps, but we won't know until the draft commences.
Were Harbs and Cam at the combine?
So H has talked to 70% of the team. How do they seem to like him.
are any UMD prospects catching the Ravens eye?
The entire scouting department, coaching staff except for Cam Cameron (family reason), executives and medical staff attended the
Dre Moore, I bet.
They like John Harbaugh a lot.
Do you think the ravens are looking for a bigger CB like McAlister or a more slim built CB. My preference is for the more sold type
Not sure if Dre Moore is on their radar or Erin Henderson, but both guys are good players.
I think they would like Aqib Talib. Remember the smaller cornerback that didn't become a Pro Bowl selection when they picked Duane
He was still good for us though
Superbowl XXXV: INT Duane Starks for a TD...memorable moment
I really like Talib. He's not super fast, but he's a playmaker
I know, but it was a reach.
T, why do they fall off when they leave the Ravens though?
Talib ran a 4.47. Not bad at 6-0, 200 pounds.
we run a B-more system! :-D
Mike Jenkins reminds me of McAllister, given his build and press ability
Yea, but he's no DRC
Because some of the guys are made to look better than they really are due to the system and the talent around them.
What about Ray Lewis little brother? Is he on the Ravens radar? Isnt the draft deep with RB so we can finally cut bait with
Jenkins was shorter than expected at 5-10, 197.
Keon Lattimore? C'mon, not even a lock to get drafted.
There are a ton of better running backs.
Just being Ray Lewis' brother buys him nothing in the draft.
But I thought the Ravens would bring him in.
same...just because of Ray...
Not for RB...
UDFAs don't get 1st round money
No, they're not going to draft Keon Lattimore just because he's Ray Lewis' brother.
the safety from Notre Dame looked much more athletic than I thought he would today
Keon is a decent athlete. Maybe for special teams as an UDFA
He's a pretty good athlete. Good boxer, too.
yea, Zbikowski did look alright
he'd be a nice fit for us
Dawan could be our next B
I could see him coming in as an undrafted guy as a favor to Ray Lewis, but it would be awkward to cut him if he's not good enough
to make the practice squad or active roster.
What about Barrett though? Sub 4.4 at 220+ pounds!?!?
Dawan could be our next bart scott. move him to LB :-P
Barnes did it at 240...is that not impressive?
That's a reach on Dawan Landry. He wouldn't be big enough to shed blocks.
It was a very good dash time at his size, yes.
And we drafted him...lol
who do you like for a right tackle for the ravens
At this point, Marshal Yanda.
do you think the ravns think that is a real need? Yanda would make a much better right guard
I could see them bringing in a right tackle at some point in the draft to add some flexibility, though. Maybe Tony Hills.
I don't think the Ravens are that worried about right tackle right now.
didnt Otah fall on a lot of peoples boards because of a sluggish performance?
Tony Hills Rawks! Im a huge fan of him!
Yes, he's sliding.
Tony Hills is a nice prospect.
maybe hell be there in round 2
Improve that line, man.
I would think he would definitely still be there.
what round aaron?
Second, third at the latest.
how about Cherilus? I like him in the 2nd a lot
i really hope the ravens trade back, there is a lot of talent to be had
I thought they'd take Henne in round 2 if he is there
I am hoping harbaugh is a trenches guy like reid is. Bukd uomthe D and O line
He's a really good prospect, too. Outstanding upside.
oops i meant build up the o and d line
WE NEED A QB!
Harbaugh said he believes the game is won in the trenches.
Couple more questions, guys.
No more Dilfer seasons, pl