Gino Gradkowski BAL 7 Months
The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens C Gino Gradkowski "remains the frontrunner" to replace Matt Birk despite Baltimore's sixth-round selection of G/C Ryan Jensen.
"He's definitely going to have every opportunity to be a starting center for us this year," assistant GM Eric DeCosta said of Gradkowski. "He's going to have some competition. He's got the right mentality, the right makeup." The Ravens aren't going to hand the job to the 2012 fourth-rounder, but it would be a major surprise if he couldn't beat out Jensen.
Gino Gradkowski BAL 10 Months
The Ravens are expected to hand center duties over to Gino Gradkowski after Matt Birk announced his retirement on Friday.
Gradkowski was a fourth-round pick out of Delware last year and is the younger brother of quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. He played guard in college, and has been labeled as "athletic and nasty" in the past.
Gino Gradkowski BAL May 09 '12
Ravens agreed to terms with No. 98 overall pick G/C Gino Gradkowski on a four-year contract.
Bruce's younger brother will begin his career vying for the vacant left guard job with Jah Reid and Kelechi Osemele. Long term, Gradkowski projects as Matt Birk's successor at center.
Gino Gradkowski BAL May 03 '12
According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, 49ers GM Trent Baalke had a "noticeable reaction" in the draft room when the Ravens grabbed G/C Gino Gradkowski early in the fourth round after San Francisco had traded back.
Clearly targeting Gradkowski himself, Baalke traded back again to select Joe Looney after the Ravens snagged Bruce's brother. Labeling Gradkowski "athletic and nasty," former Ravens and Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah predicts the fourth-rounder will be the eventual starting center in Baltimore.