Ravens add potential center of the future

April, 28, 2012
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The Baltimore Ravens are hoping they found their center of the future when they selected Delaware's Gino Gradkowski early in the fourth round.

At 6-foot-2, 300 pounds, Gradkowski is the younger but bigger brother of Bengals quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. He was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection after transferring from West Virginia.

Gradkowski, who drew heavy interest from the Ravens during the pre-draft process, said he patterns his game after Matt Birk. There's a chance that Gradkowski could eventually replace Birk, who turns 36 in July.

The Ravens-Steelers rivalry should be interesting for Gradkowski, who is a Pittsburgh native.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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