The knock on him was his hands at the combine, but I think he did a little better at his pro day adamcaplan FOR: Yes, they have three QB visits lined up
What do you think about Penn State's quarterback?
adamcaplan Morelli's arm at least gets him a look
adamcaplan PSU: If you're 50 ft in the stands you could catch one of his passes.
aaronwilson What do you make of the Bears-49ers tampering case? It had to be more than two 20-second telephone calls to Drew Rosenhaus. I wonder if there was e-mail evidence. Also, what do you think of the prospective early verbal agreement period Rich McKay and Ray Anderson outlined on today's conference call previewing the owners meetings.
What do you think about the negative comparisons of Brian Brohm to Chris Redman?
adamcaplan AA: He's getting a bad knock for being a Petrino Protege
adamcaplan and his arm isn't great
adamcaplan but he's a WCO fit
adamcaplan AA: It's more than what's being reported
adamcaplan has to be
adamcaplan WAY: They would like a shot at a RB
adamcaplan Not just McFadden
adamcaplan they know Barber isn't a featured back
adamcaplan nice back but not special
adamcaplan PSU: Ryan has a better arm than Brohm
aaronwilson That early signing period could be a gold mine for industrious reporters. It would also reduce the hypocritical stance of some team that they don't talk deals prior to the launch of the signing period.
adamcaplan AA: I thought it was interesting in the conference call today that the league is proposing that teams could get in touch with other free agents before it all starts
adamcaplan PSU: All you have to do is talk to any scout or GM or watch game tape
adamcaplan FOR: Apparently so
adamcaplan PSU: Look at his WRs
aaronwilson How would you rank the top five cornerbacks?
adamcaplan he tried to make things happen
aaronwilson I tend to agree. Ryan is very polished and ready to play in this league. At worst, I think he has some solid success. I don't think he'll fail.
adamcaplan AA: We've done this before but McKelvin, Talib, Jenkins, then after that anyone's guess
adamcaplan Cromartie worries me because of the system he played in
aaronwilson New secondary coach Chuck Pagano attended his Pro Day.
adamcaplan EARL: Most of them are 4-5 rounders
aaronwilson Talib, that is.
adamcaplan except for Pollack who goes probably in the third
aaronwilson Baltimore met with Pollack at the Senior Bowl, but that's not a big deal necessarily.
adamcaplan PSU: There are more character issues than ever for first day picks
adamcaplan it's about eliminating as many of them and figuring out which are real
aaronwilson Let's let Adam catch up, guys.
adamcaplan GEN: Smith
adamcaplan sorry, was taking a call from an agent
adamcaplan PSU: Ellis is more explosive
adamcaplan but Ngata more versatile
adamcaplan ellis also isn't a run stopper
adamcaplan like ngata
aaronwilson Just wondering who makes Adam Caplan's all-bad boy squad?
adamcaplan PSU: I asked a pro personnel guy that, he said 4-3 DT (3-technique)
adamcaplan AA: Probably 20 of them in the draft
aaronwilson Wow, that is a big rap sheet.
adamcaplan AA: Medical issues too
adamcaplan Franklin Dunbar-MTSU OT
adamcaplan worked out well recently
adamcaplan rounds 5-6
adamcaplan 6 OTs could go in first 40 picks
adamcaplan but after that there's a real drop-off
adamcaplan GEN: Steve Johnson Kentrucky-4-5 area
adamcaplan Mario Urrutia-same thing, worked out well recently
adamcaplan moving up
aaronwilson Would you pick Leodis McKelvin or Ryan Clady at No. 8 assuming that Matt Ryan, Glenn Dorsey and Sedrick Ellis are gone?
adamcaplan BE: Totally, same as Ricardo Colclough was 5 years ago
adamcaplan AA: McKelvin, not even close
aaronwilson They are wary of small-school cornerbacks since David Pittman has been such a bust.
adamcaplan Clady you don't know what to expect from game to game
adamcaplan I wrote then on Colclough he should have been a 5th round pick, not 2nd
adamcaplan I thought PIT really reached.
adamcaplan RAVE: This is the best RB class I've seen covering the league in 9n years
adamcaplan there are literally 17 RBs that could be drafted in the first 4 rounds if teams really needed RBs
aaronwilson What do you make of Chris Mortensen's report that Baltimore would draft Darren McFadden at No. 8? I don't put a lot of credence in that. Seems like a smokescreen. Plus, I figure McFadden winds up with the Raiders or Jets.
adamcaplan AA: There's no way
adamcaplan makes zero sense
adamcaplan I actually don't think McFadden is the best player there though
adamcaplan AA: I think NYJ makes the most sense
adamcaplan OAK needs so much help in other areas
adamcaplan Tashard Choice, Justin Forsett are two good mid-round RBs
adamcaplan that would be a good complement to McGaheeBR>
adamcaplan Forsett plays faster than his listed 40-time
aaronwilson The Ravens attended Choice's workout, also keeping an eye on Ga. Tech linebacker Phillip Wheeler.
adamcaplan AA: Wheeler is good
adamcaplan PSU: Justin King or Patrick Lee (probably later) who I really like
adamcaplan great senior bowl week
aaronwilson Depends what they accomplished in the first round. I would tend to think he could still go in the first round after McFadden and Rashard Mendenhall.
adamcaplan FOR: Great ball skills, aggressive too
aaronwilson What do you think of Porter at cornerback?
adamcaplan I wrote back then that he was the most impressive DB there
adamcaplan PSU: Teams love his versaatility
adamcaplan AA: third rounder or so
adamcaplan They need a high end CB
adamcaplan who can start possibly by 2009
adamcaplan I think Rolle or McAlister are gone
adamcaplan FOR: My sense is he's a mid to late second rounder-Lee
aaronwilson What do you think New England is going to do right above Baltimore? Are they a threat to take Leodis McKelvin or do you think they're zeroed in on someone else?
adamcaplan BE: It's not about affordibility, it's about his play
adamcaplan he's not what he once was
aaronwilson Chris has a $10.9 million cap figure, but his play is slipping.
adamcaplan teams aren't going to keep a player around that long, he could be restructured
adamcaplan it's actually a very easy move to make
aaronwilson He has an $8 million base salary.
adamcaplan happens all the time with older players
adamcaplan they either accept a paycut or get cut
adamcaplan BE: McAlister will be targeted for a paycut if he doesn't play well this year, pretty much a given
aaronwilson I agree.
aaronwilson They'll carry that salary for only so long, especially with a new coaching staff.
adamcaplan OR: He worked out well recently so he's moving up
adamcaplan PSU: I'd say past 2008, it's fluid
aaronwilson I'm not sure how his instincts will translate at safety. He's a good tackler, but I wonder about him calling signals. I wouldn't compare him to Rod Woodson. Totally different players and character.
adamcaplan he turns 31 in a few months
adamcaplan They must get a young CB in there
adamcaplan who has good skills who could be ready for a bigger role in 2009
aaronwilson Adam, I was wondering what you think New England is up to right above Baltimore and how that might affect the Ravens' draft outlook?
adamcaplan AA: NE will go either for a CB or OLB adamcaplan Belichick doesn't like to draft LBs early though
adamcaplan history shows that
adamcaplan I did a study last year prior to the draft
adamcaplan Tully Banta Cain was the highest 6th round
adamcaplan RAV: YEs
adamcaplan they worked him out and like him
adamcaplan and remember his return ability
adamcaplan RAV: I'm not so sure he should go that high
aaronwilson The Ravens are pretty firm on not picking Cromartie that early.
adamcaplan he has a learning curve right away aaronwilson I believe him.
adamcaplan All: That's all the time I have, see you soon.
aaronwilson I think they want Leodis McKelvin, but are obviously hoping Matt Ryan will fall to them.
aaronwilson No, I don't think so.
aaronwilson I hope not.
aaronwilson I don't think Steve Bisciotti is interested in inconveniencing his football team.
aaronwilson I don't want to travel honestly.
aaronwilson I think they would try to trade down or go for Ryan Clady.
aaronwilson As a last resort if they can't move.
aaronwilson Todd Heap is doing really well. He's working hard and looking forward to this season.
aaronwilson I don't think Sedrick Ellis would be there.
aaronwilson I think Steve will report in better shape and health than last year.
aaronwilson He needs to be in better shape obviously.
aaronwilson It wasn't good. He couldn't step into this throws and follow through smoothly.
aaronwilson He thought he was being funny, but Todd is fairly serious and it hit him the wrong way.
aaronwilson They really hope to upgrade this position significantly, yes.
aaronwilson I think he will be cut unless he can make the team as a reserve linebacker legitimately.
aaronwilson If they don't get Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco is unavailable in the first round, probably Chad Henne or Brian Brohm.
aaronwilson In the second round.
aaronwilson It's possible Henne might be the only one left at No. 38.
aaronwilson Some of them will be on the team, others will likely get cut.
aaronwilson Tough kid, yep.
aaronwilson Good arm. Strong leader. Doesn't move around that great, but he's all right. Reminds me of a Jon Kitna type.
aaronwilson Leodis McKelvin.
aaronwilson I could see them drafting Keith Rivers or Vernon Gholston or Sedrick Ellis if available
aaronwilson The kid from Hampton is promising.
aaronwilson I could see Calais Campbell still being there late in the third round.
aaronwilson Rivers isn't really a middle linebacker type.
Aaron Wilson Remember Bart Scott's in a contract year, too.
aaronwilson Linebacker is a very fluid situation.
aaronwilson Sluggish workouts hurt a player a ot.
aaronwilson Absolutely zero conversation other than Steve Bisciotti saying he thought Ray Lewis had three or four more good years left.
aaronwilson I could see them re-signing him, but there's no deal imminent or being discussed.
aaronwilson I don't think they are looking to promote Greisen into the starting lineup. Ray Lewis isn't going to retire anyway. He wants to make more money. Why would he quit now?
aaronwilson Controlled passing game, longer patterns than Billick obviously, with a power running game.
aaronwilson Remember, you need the quarterback and the receivers to open up the offense. The best assets they have are McGahee and Heap. They'll try to get as much mileage out of them as possible.
aaronwilson The jury is out. I know Chris' father said Chris is excited and ready to prove himself. We'll see. I worry about him anchoring at the line of scrimmage against bigger nose guards.
aaronwilson I do agree that Yanda would be a good guard, but right now he's the best right tackle on the team. Would you feel comfortable giving that job to Jared Gaither at this point?
aaronwilson I see the first two players you mentioned starting and performing well. I'm not sold on Gaither.
Let's see how much he matures.
aaronwilson I would advocate trading down as far as the mid 20s and drafting Joe Flacco if they can pull it off.
aaronwilson They are going to try to be as strict as possible with the value principle.
aaronwilson If he is, not for long.
aaronwilson I base them on watching games, talking to scouts, reading and research. I don't consider myself a draft expert per se. I just zero in on the big picture rather than getting bogged down on minutiae. It's unnecessary to know every single player. That's not my job. My job is to outline who the Ravens are interested in and why and tell you as much as possible about those scenarios.
aaronwilson Ryan reminds me more of Bledsoe actually.
aaronwilson I think Flacco is kind of like Roethlisberger.
aaronwilson Flacco runs pretty well for his size.
aaronwilson They're having Malcolm Kelly in for a visit. I think they want to know more about his medical issues.
aaronwilson I could see him going as high as the Bills' pick.
Limas Sweed visiting?
aaronwilson I haven't heard about him visiting. Remember, they only have 30 visits. Some of them are just intended to be potential free agents. They use the castle as a recruiting tool.
aaronwilson I think Cameron would like a deep threat, yes.
aaronwilson I'm not sure about that. I think he's an affordable reserve. It's hard contractually, though, to get rid of McNair and there's no real reason to cut Boller. He's your best insurance policy if McNair can't cut it.
aaronwilson Williams and Clayton are being counted on to have healthy, productive years.
aaronwilson They won't keep four quarterbacks. Someone would have to go.
aaronwilson And the move could happen before or early in training camp.
aaronwilson I tend to doubt it, although Cameron does like some wrinkles like the option on occasion.
aaronwilson Figurs' hands are awful.
aaronwilson I think he should just concentrate on the return game.
aaronwilson Passes to the tight end.
aaronwilson I could see Barnes emerging on third downs.
aaronwilson I don't think they have big plans right now for Jones and Burgess. They seem to be reserves at this point.
aaronwilson If he's healthy He's coming off toe surgery. Might not be ready until training camp.
aaronwilson Sypniewski should be on the roster again with a decent role.
aaronwilson I'm sure Ogden will say something soon. It's anticlimactic. He's already said what he intends to do. Just needs to make it official.
aaronwilson He said he already told the Ravens to proceed as if he's retiring.