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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Ravens add potential center of the future

By Jamison Hensley

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.