Most fans probably have no idea that the Ravens even have a player named Jack Cornell on their roster.
Thats about to change.
When tackle Bryant McKinnie failed to report to camp last week and the offensive coaches were forced to juggle their lineup on the fly, Cornell, an undrafted rookie from Illinois, landed with the first-team unit, positioned at right tackle.
Then came another tip from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, of all people -- that the previously unknown Cornells stock might be rising.
Stuck in beach traffic Friday, Bisciotti phoned in to Scott Garceaus radio show on 105.7 The Fan. When the subject turned to McKinnie, Bisciotti pledged that the team would find suitable tackles.
Well find him. Well find him, Bisciotti said. (McKinnie) will either be back or he wont, but well get a lot of good snaps for these guys.
Ozzie actually likes that right tackle thats out there from Illinois, undrafted.
That's Jack Cornell, ladies and gentleman.
Who is this guy?
Hes a 6-foot-6, 315-pounder 23-year-old who played guard for Illinois as a senior but has also played outside, at tackle, as well. A team captain in 2011, he won the teams Red Grange award for dedication.
Making the Ravens 53-man roster is going to be a challenge for him. The team currently has 16 linemen on its training camp roster and probably will keep only 10 or so if you include those on the practice squad. Cornell is competing with a slew of players who either have more experience or were drafted.
But he has size, versatility and one other major thing going for him: If youre in Baltimore and Ozzie like you, well, thats a very good thing.