csteuber I thought overall the Ravens did well. I thought drafting Flacco with the 18th pick was a bit of a reach, but I really like the selections of Ray Rice, Tom Zbikowski and Tavares Gooden.Haruki Nakamura will be a very good special teams player for the Ravens. I'd give their draft a B.
aaronwilson Do you think Gooden was their best pick as far as where he was rated? He seems very talented and fast.
aaronwilson There are some concerns about Zbikowski as far as being stiff and overly aggressive
csteuber Prior to his senior season, Gooden was a bit of a bust. He battled some injuries and didn't show a lot of explosion. He finally put it all together last season and emerged. I think he has a lot of value and will be a very good player in the Ravens D. My favorite pick was Zbikowski. Ravens fans will love him.
csteuber I think Zbikowski will be fine. He's a high effort guy. He tends to play a little over aggressive, but that's his nature. He can improve his discipline and I'm sure the coaches will tell him to do so.
aaronwilson What do you think of Flacco in terms of his readiness to play? Considering his competition, it will be tempting for the Ravens to play him quickly.
csteuber I thought Cousins went where I thought he would go. He was a solid third round pick.
aaronwilson And what's your read on the Ray Rice pick in terms of how he could be utilized, upside?
csteuber Flacco isn't ready to play just yet. I think he has a major learning curve ahead of him. Playing at Delaware is one thing, but playing in the NFL is a major jump. The speed of the game will be the biggest thing for Flacco to get adjusted too. He can't take his time in the pocket, because he won't have that much time.
csteuber I think Rice is the long-term solution at RB. I think McGahee is a good runner, but very overrated. I think he thinks he's one of the best in the league, but he's the only one who thinks that. I think Rice will be a situational RB and get some carries, but in a year or two he will take over fulltime.
csteuber The Ravens could have gotten a DE, but the value of Rice, Gooden and Zbikowski was probably too much to pass up.
aaronwilson What's your read on the two Day II wide receivers: Marcus Smith and Justin Harper.
csteuber Smith and Harper are two interesting picks. They both have good size and speed and have a lot of upside. I think they were good value and have a chance to make the team.
csteuber I think some of the selections are for now, but obviously the Flacco pick is for the future... but the rest of the draft was very solid.
csteuber I like what the Ravens did. The only selection I didn't like was the selection of Flacco at No. 18. I thought that was a major reach. But the rest of the draft was solid. They got some nice players.
csteuber I wouldn't allow Flacco to touch the field this year, unless the Ravens get off to a 3 - 7 start and are going nowhere. Hopefully that doesn't happen for you guys; I don't think rushing Flacco is the best idea.
csteuber The Ravens wanted Flacco from the moment the Falcons selected Matt Ryan. Once Ryan was off the board, the Ravens made up their mind that Flacco was their man. I think they got nervous and made a bold move to draft him.
csteuber Washington has been a disappointment thus far, but he has a lot of talent and the Ravens need depth in the secondary.
csteuber It's hard to say how Flacco will develop over the next few years, because I think the organization will feel the pressure to start him before he's ready.
aaronwilson Chris, how about those undrafted guys I listed as well as Xavier Lee?
csteuber I think Gaither has a lot of talent; he just has to be more consistent. He has a lot of ability and he has a chance to be a major contributor this year.
csteuber I didn't even see the list of undrafted free agents for the Ravens....
aaronwilson Here are a few: Jameel McClain, Adam Kraus, Scott Kuhn, Joe Reitz (basketball player), Xavier Lee is a tryout guy, Brandon Barnes, Piotr Czech...
csteuber Flacco has to improve his feet. He can't take his time in the pocket and load up; he has to get rid of the ball quicker. He has trouble eluding traffic and takes too many sacks. I think the speed at the next level will be a wake up call for him.
aaronwilson How big was it that the Titans picked Craig Stevens one pick before Baltimore wanted to take him? They wound up with Zbikowski, but really need a blocking tight end still.
csteuber Jameel McClain is an interesting player. He has experience at DE and LB; he's a tweener who will fit in well with the Ravens. I also like Brandon Barnes. Xavier Lee is a project; practice squad player.
aaronwilson Does Lee have an attitude problem? I know he had academic issues and was a disappointment considering he was Mr. Football coming out of high school in Daytona Beach?
csteuber Craig Stevens is a tremendous blocker and he would have fit well with the Ravens. But I really like Zbikowski.
aaronwilson Barnes is a free agent guard from Grand Valley.
csteuber I think Lee thinks he's better than he is as well.
aaronwilson Seems like it.
csteuber Barnes was one of the guys I listed on my All-Sleeper Offensive Team
aaronwilson They also brought in Isaiah Wiggins from Illinois State, a center who they're going to try at tackle.
aaronwilson What do you think of David Hale, the big kid from Weber State? Seems like a tough guy, but a limited athlete.
aaronwilson DeCosta compared him to Marshal Yanda and Tony Pashos.
csteuber Hale was another guy on my All-Sleeper Offensive Team. I really like the kid and he has a lot of talent. I think he will surprise a lot of fans. He's a nasty guy who can maul the opposition. He has good technique; solid pick.
aaronwilson Are you familiar with Kerry Reed, former Michigan State receiver Baltimore signed today off waivers from the Dolphins? Any good?
csteuber Smith has a lot of ability, a little inconsistent, but he's a strong receiver. He's not a burner, but he runs good routes. He has to catch the ball a little better and he can get better in that department.
csteuber I was shocked that the receivers dropped into the second round. I thought there was a lot of talent at the WR position. I couldn't believe that Donnie Avery was the first one off the board. It just shows you how unpredictable draft day really is.
csteuber Nakamura will be a special teams beast!
aaronwilson How about Kerry Reed, the new kid from Michigan State they signed off waivers from the Dolphins? Any good?
csteuber Reed is another former JUCO WR from Michigan State. He's OK, nothing special, just a camp body.
csteuber Including underclassmen for next year?
csteuber Wheelwright has a chance, but it will be hard for him to make it.
csteuber 1. James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State... 2. Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia... 3. Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss... 4. Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB, Ohio State... 5. Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
csteuber Patrick is a nice scat back with good strength. He has a chance to make it, but the Ravens have a bit of a logjam in the backfield.
aaronwilson The Year of the Buckeye.
csteuber McFadden is set up for disaster!
csteuber Ohio State has some nice players!
aaronwilson It's been quiet, probably an uneventful workout.10:30 a.m.Wraps at 12:30 p.m. Then, we have interviews for about an hour.
aaronwilson If Washington is there, I think that will be a major story as well as the quarterbacks reacting to Flacco's selection. No, Flacco won't be there until May 9. aaronwilson I think it will be hard to keep Joe Flacco off the field for long.
aaronwilson I think he's pretty sharp, so yes. Lot smarter than Kyle Boller.
aaronwilson Bad left tackle, though
. Lot of sacks from that side.
aaronwilson Just about 10 minutes of video on Cousins. Tough kid, very active. They were all highlights, though, cut up.
Gaither does have a chance. I think they want him to win the job.
aaronwilson But Terry will get healthy soon and he's put on some nice weight. Don't rule him out, trust me.
aaronwilson Cam is still familiarizing himself with the personnel.
aaronwilson Yes, Baltimore has to keep a certain amount of these open. They are doing the bare minimum..
aaronwilson No, I don't think Ray, Reed, Suggs will be there.I think attendance will be way down. Except for offensive skill guys.
aaronwilson They had better show up.
aaronwilson No need for those defensive guys to be there.
aaronwilson I doubt Suggs will miss camp, but it wouldn't shock me if his agent tries that.
aaronwilson Remember, he doesn't have to show up.
aaronwilson Heap is 100 percent, yes.
aaronwilson Wilcox still isn't fully recovered from toe surgery.
aaronwilson He was on crutches in February.
aaronwilson He's almost all the way back.
aaronwilson Ogden isn't doing anything wrong. He already took a $5 million paycut and told them to proceed without him. Maybe he'll retire after June 1.
aaronwilson Quinn is out for the year, torn ACL.
aaronwilsonNot going to trade Suggs.
aaronwilson I think Stover's deal expires this year or next. Have to check my charts.
aaronwilsonThey do not want to pay Suggs Freeney money. Too high.
aaronwilson They would like to do an AD like contract, $20 million guaranteed plus a few more, $35 million to $40 million.
aaronwilson I guess you could say Figurs has that status, but he'll never play receiver in the NFL. Ever. Awful hands and he's tiny.
aaronwilson Kansas City.
aaronwilson I know, that's why it will be tough to get a deal done.
aaronwilson Remember, they can just franchise him again.
aaronwilson I would say Smith would be the frontrunner from that group. Because he's good at special teams.
aaronwilson Agreed about Allen and Suggs.
But Gary Wichard, Suggs' agent, will still swing for the fences.
aaronwilson He doesn't have that many clients, so he likes the biggest possible commission he can get.
aaronwilson Three percent of those big deals adds up.
That's his job. And it's the Ravens' negotiator's job to hold down costs if at all possible.
aaronwilson Yes, he is. In very good shape, bigger and improved in pass coverage.
aaronwilson Jason Brown lost about 25, 30 pounds.. Mostly in the middle.
aaronwilson Jason is going to get a new deal from Baltimore eventually.
aaronwilson I think so. They used to invest nothing in that position back in the old days other than Edwin Mulitalo.
aaronwilson I think Suggs will eventually get a deal. I think there are scenarios where either Ray or Bart could be out.
I think Jason is a lock to be re-signed.
aaronwilsonAll this year in all likelihood.
pdraven> IS there a chance Ogden does not retire
aaronwilson About 10 percent chance he comes back if his toe feels great miraculously all of a sudden.The man has told close friends, including former teammates he played with for years, that he's done. I believe it.
aaronwilson Another $900,000 on top of his $6.45 million current cap figure. Not a bad hit.
aaronwilson Yes, this year.
aaronwilson JO has already told them what he's doing and he doesn't care about press conferences.
aaronwilson He already accomodated them from a cap standpoint, taking a 5 million pay cut.
aaronwilson He'll retire eventually.
aaronwilson Because they will wait until JO is ready to cooperate with a press conference.
aaronwilson You guys worry too much. Not a big deal.
aaronwilson Trust me, he doesn't do it for the attention. He just is completely apathetic about the formalities of an announcement. I've known him since high school and he's just a laidback guy. Plus, he was hoping the toe would come around.