Gino Gradkowski BAL 11 Months
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said he's looking for bulkier, more powerful interior offensive linemen this offseason.
C Gino Gradkowski checks in at 6-foot-3, 300 pounds and figures to be the most likely interior line member to be replaced. LG Kelechi Osemele (6-foot-5, 330) was sidelined for much of the year with a back injury, and RG Marshal Yanda (6-foot-3, 305) is one of the better guards in the league. Gradkowski had a terrible season. Arkansas' Travis Swanson (6-foot-4, 318) is widely considered the top center prospect in the 2014 draft and could be a first- or second-round pick.
Gino Gradkowski BAL 11 Months
Ravens C Gino Gradkowski will undergo a knee scope.
Gradkowski started all 16 games this past season, replacing iron man Matt Birk who decided to retire after the Super Bowl. It was a bumpy ride for Gradkowski. He struggled as both a pass protector and run blocker and should face competition for the job in 2014. Gradkowski should be ready in plenty of time for OTAs.
Gino Gradkowski BAL Mar 31 '79
The Ravens' starting center job is considered Gino Gradkowski's to lose.
Gradkowski learned for a year at the foot of Matt Birk. Now that Birk has retired, it's time for the pupil to step into the light. Rookie Ryan Jensen is not a real threat.
Gino Gradkowski BAL Feb 15 '79
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 Dec 03 '78
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 Feb 17 '78
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 Feb 11 '78
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.