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Gino Gradkowski | Center

Team: Baltimore Ravens
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/5/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 300
College: Delaware
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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. Jan 8 - 4:39 PM

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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 time for OTAs.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 11:50:00 AM

The Ravens' starting center job is considered Gino Gradkowski's to lose.

Gradkowski learned for a year at the foot of Matt Birk. With Birk retired, it's time for the pupil to step into the light. Rookie Ryan Jensen is not a real threat.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 09:59:00 AM

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.
Tue, May 7, 2013 07:20:00 PM

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 Delaware 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Feb 22, 2013 02:05:00 PM

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.
Wed, May 9, 2012 11:52:00 AM

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.
Thu, May 3, 2012 03:08:00 PM

No. 98 pick Gino Gradkowski, No. 60 pick Kelechi Osemele, and 2011 third-round pick Jah Reid are expected to compete for the Ravens' vacant left guard job.

The team has a left guard void after Ben Grubbs signed with New Orleans. Osemele played tackle in college and Reid projects as a tackle in the long-term, but the Ravens are set on the outside with Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher. Marshal Yanda returns at right guard and Matt Birk will man center. Gradkowski, a fourth-rounder and Bruce's younger brother, is a long shot to win the job.
Sun, Apr 29, 2012 11:29:00 AM

Ravens selected Delaware G/C Gino Gradkowski with the No. 98 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

The younger brother of Bengals backup QB Bruce Gradkowski, Gino was all-conference the past two years while flipping between left and right guard. Gradkowski is quick off the snap, strong, tough and versatile. The Ravens may view him as Matt Birk's successor at center.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 12:14:00 PM

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