Ravens snap 3rd round to QB Redman

Taking Louisville product likely means Case is out

April 16, 2000|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF

After a six-hour wait, the Ravens couldn't make their third-round choice quick enough.

The Ravens selected quarterback Chris Redman with the 75th overall pick, ending a long layover after taking the fifth and 10th players in yesterday's draft.

Redman also carries a bit of nostalgia since he played at Louisville, the same school that produced Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas nearly five decades ago. He completed 61 percent of his passes and threw for 12,541 yards and 84 touchdowns in his career, earning the Unitas Golden Arm award this season.

But the Ravens had no time to reminisce since they were contemplating trading down and swapping the slot for a pick next year. The only way that they would use that selection was if the NCAA Division I's completion leader was still available.

"We felt if Chris Redman made it to us at that pick, we would take him," said Ozzie Newsome, the vice president of player personnel. "He fits what [Ravens coach Brian Billick] wants to do."

Said Billick: "We really didn't think he would fall this far."

Redman, who stands 6 feet 3 and 225 pounds, was the third quarterback taken in the draft.

He has a strong arm and is very accurate, but there are some questions about his mobility.

Redman's arrival probably ends any chance of Stoney Case coming back. The Ravens have Tony Banks and Trent Dilfer already signed, and Redman would most likely become the third string.

Billick said he would still want a minimum of four quarterbacks in camp.

"That's up to Stoney," Billick said. "When you take a guy in the third round, you have to take a look at the options. That's nothing against Stoney, it's just the game you play."

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