Ravens Coaches Visit Draftees’ Homes

John Harbaugh sent coaches across the country to meet draft picks before minicamp.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, May 10th, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Part of the success of the Ravens’ opening minicamp could be attributed to the fact that the rookies got a head start.

For the first time during his tenure, Head Coach John Harbaugh sent coaches out to various parts of the country to meet each of the Ravens’ draft picks the week before minicamp began.

Defensive Line Coach Clarence Brooks went to Fort Myers, Fla., to visit Terrence Cody. The Ravens’ second-round pick, as did all the other draftees, got the playbook and a chance to socialize before getting to work in Owings Mills, Md., Friday.

“At first, it was just to get to know me as a player and then as a friend, because he wanted to build a relationship, so he wanted to get to know how my personality was,” Cody said. “Then, that’s when we talked about the defense and he went over some plays to get me ready for camp.”

Linebackers Coach Dean Pees traveled to Texas to meet Sergio Kindle, Senior Offensive Assistant Al Saunders met tight end Ed Dickson, Tight Ends Coach Wade Harman visited Dennis Pitta, Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler met David Reed, Brooks met Arthur Jones and Assistant Offensive Line Coach Andy Moeller visited Ramon Harewood.

The rookies were a bit dazed after Friday morning’s session because, despite the head start, there’s a ton of plays to memorize and Harbaugh ran a fast-paced practice. But at the end of the weekend Harbaugh said the rookies had made a good impression.

“Most importantly, I think they got a feel for the tempo of how we do things,” Harbaugh said. “And that’s what we want; we want them to be able to learn to think fast under pressure. I think they learned how we operate a little bit in terms of working hard and things like that, so they’re off to a good start.”

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