Ravens Coach Harbaugh Expresses Frustration After Another Player Arrest

By Andrew R. Koch

The Baltimore Ravens’ off-field troubles continue to mount, and head coach John Harbaugh has had enough of it.

The latest Raven to have a run-in with the law was fourth-round draft pick Lorenzo Taliaferro. He was arrested over Memorial Day weekend and charged with destruction of property and being drunk in public in Williamsburg, Virginia. The running back out of Coastal Carolina University is accused of breaking the window in a taxi. According to ESPN.com, a source familiar with the situation says Taliaferro has since reimbursed the cab company for the damage. He’s scheduled to appear in court in Williamsburg on June 26 to answer to the misdemeanor charges. Taliaferro is the fourth Ravens player who’s been arrested in the first five months of this year.

In addition, entertainment website TMZ is reporting that wide receiver Jacoby Jones, cornerback Jimmy Smith and running back Bernard Pierce were all asked to leave a bar over the holiday weekend for being too drunk.

At a press conference following a practice for organized team activities at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Harbaugh expressed his disappointment at what he calls “some of the silliness” that has gotten some of his players into trouble with the law. The message he tried to get across to his players is that their spot on the team is never guaranteed. He added that he’s “very concerned” about all the off-field issues hurting the team’s image, and urged his team to stay disciplined, both on and off the field.

“Discipline is not a light switch,” Harbaugh said, according to ESPN.com. “You can’t walk out of this building, and all of a sudden turn it off and walk back and turn it on.”

He added that discipline is a way of life, and that when a lack of it shows up in one area of a player’s life, it raises a red flag for where he’s going as a football player.

Harbaugh estimated that 90 percent of the off-field problems are related to alcohol, while nearly all the rest are related to marijuana. He feels that the world-class athletes on his team should be pursuing a higher standard instead of being out late at night partying.

“That is not what I would call an effective training method right there to go out and drink too much,” Harbaugh said, adding that the team will do everything it can to hold players who’ve gotten into trouble accountable. He said that if negative issues surrounding a player outweigh that player’s ability to help the team on the field, that player will find himself on the way out with the team.

Reid to Make Court Appearances in Florida

Ravens offensive lineman Jah Reid will have to make a court appearance to answer to charges stemming from a bar fight.

Reid has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery in connection with an argument that escalated into a fight inside a strip club in Key West. He’s accused of head-butting, kicking and punching a man when their argument turned physical. Reid has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Reid was represented by his lawyer a docket hearing on June 4, and will have to attend a status hearing on June 13. According to ESPN.com, both proceedings are conferences to determine whether or not the case will actually go to trial.

Reid hasn’t been participating in the Ravens’ OTAs because of a strained calf. The injury could cause him to miss the rest of the team’s off-season workouts prior to training camp in late July.

Ravens Select Alabama Linebacker Mosley With First-Round Pick in NFL Draft

The Baltimore Ravens had a top-20 pick in this year’s NFL Draft for the first time in six years as a result of their disappointing 8-8 record last year. Their general manager, Ozzie Newsome, played his college football at the University of Alabama under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, and he went back to the proverbial well in Tuscaloosa to draft another defensive player.

The Ravens selected Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley with the 17th pick in the first round of the draft. Mosley was a two-time defensive captain for Nick Saban, and he had 108 total tackles (61 solo) last year. He was named a first-team All-American and first-team all-Southeastern Conference. Mosley was the winner of the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in major college football.

Baltimore took a pair of players from the national champion Florida State Seminoles with their next two picks: defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan in the second round (48th overall pick) and safety Terrence Brooks in the third round (75th overall.) Jernigan was an early entry into the draft, as he decided to leave Florida State following his junior season. He had 44 tackles and found and a half sacks last season. Brooks had 48 tackles, a sack and two interceptions. He posted a time of 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. With their second pick in the third round (99th overall pick), the Ravens selected tight end Crockett Gilmore of Colorado State. Gilmore caught 47 passes for 577 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Rams last season. It’s a good thing for the Ravens that he has very big hands (10.25 inches.)

In the fourth round, the Ravens took defensive tackle Brent Urban from the University of Virginia with the 134th overall pick, and four picks later, selected tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro out of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Urban had 40 tackles and a sack for the Cavaliers last season, while Taliaferro ran for 1729 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Chanticleers. He added 153 yards and two touchdowns receiving out of the backfield. With their fifth-round pick, the Ravens selected guard John Urschel from Penn State. Quarterback Keith Wenning from Ball State was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round, and in the seventh round, Baltimore used its final draft pick to select wide receiver Michael Campanaro out of Wake Forest. The Ravens got the pick by trading their sixth-round pick in next year’s draft to Cleveland.

In other draft news, the Chicago Bears selected cornerback Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech with the 14th pick. Fuller went to high school at Mount St. Joseph in Southwest Baltimore. Last season, Fuller had 24 tackles and two interceptions. HeĀ is one of three Baltimore-area players who were drafted this year. The others are Campanaro (played at River Hill High School), and running back Terrance West (Towson University and Northwestern High School), who was taken by Cleveland in the third round. West ran for a Football Championship Subdivision-record 2,509 yards and 42 touchdowns as he helped lead the Tigers to a 13-3 record and the FCS Championship Game, where Towson lost to North Dakota State.