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OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens are exploring multiple quarterback options in the draft, continuing their evaluations with a visit this week from Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel attended Edwardsâ€™ Pro Day workout on the Stanford campus where the senior passer completed 47 of 50 passes and registered a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.
Edwards has met with the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. His other visit this week is with the New Orleans Saints.
The Ravens, who hosted Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith and University of Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb last week, are also scheduled to meet with athletic University of Washington quarterback Isiaah Stanback.
Stanback is still recovering from injuries and has been unable to work out, so this is primarily a follow-up medical exam for the team’s medical staff in addition to a chance for the personnel department to spend time with him. His other visits are with the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Dolphins.
Stanback has flashed impressive mobility. Of course, his background with the Huskiesâ€™ program should give him plenty to talk about with Neuheisel.
Neuheisel was the head coach of the Huskies until the summer of 2003 for participating in a gambling pool on the NCAA basketball tournament. He later received a lucrative settlement from the university after filing a lawsuit, and he was essentially cleared of wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, Nebraska linebacker Stewart Bradley visited the Ravens.
The 6-foot-4, 256-pound three-year starter led the Cornhuskers with 75 tackles as a senior one season removed from tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
California-Berkeley linebacker Desmond Bishop, the Pac-10 Conferenceâ€™s leading tackler who has had a private workout for the Patriots, Jets and San Francisco 49ers, had a formal interview with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine.
Hampton University linebacker Justin Durant has had private workouts with the Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons. Durant also had a formal interview with Baltimore team officials at the combine in February along with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. His visits are with the St. Louis Rams, Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans.
Durant finished his collegiate career with 47 career tackles for losses. He recorded 98 tackles, as a senior after posting career-high numbers of 124 tackles and 15 tackles for losses as a junior.
A three-year starter, Durant was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior.
NOTE: University of Maryland punter Adam Podlesh worked out for Ravens special teams coordinator Frank Gansz. He was one of the Ravensâ€™ official combine interviews.
Other teams that have indicated interest in Podlesh, who has unusual speed (4.41), leaping ability (38 Â½ inch vertical leap) and strength (24 repetitions of 225 pounds) for a punter, include the Steelers, Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars and Dolphins.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.