Coffee Companion -- 4/29

April 29, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

The Ravens took perhaps their biggest gamble ever in the first round, selecting talented yet flawed cornerback Jimmy Smith with the 27th pick in the NFL draft Thursday. That was after an uncompleted trade with the Bears caused the clock to run out on the Ravens at pick No. 26. The Bears have apologized. ... Auburn quarterback Cam Newton went first overall to the Panthers. ... Told by a federal judge to abandon its lockout, the NFL set a timetable to return to the business of football. ... Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski had his 45-game suspension from boxing lifted. ... There was a baseball game played in Baltimore last night, and the Orioles bullpen collapsed in a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox.

Hitting the links:

1. Mike Preston: Selecting Jimmy Smith was a gamble the Ravens had to take [Baltimore Sun]

2. Jimmy Smith said past mistakes won’t lead to issues with the Ravens [Ravens Insider]

3. Peter King thinks Jimmy Smith is "a dynamite pick if he can stay on his best behavior" [SI]

4. Jason Cole says the Ravens are draft losers for botching their pick [Yahoo!]

5. Adam Caplan points out that there’s a reason why the talented cornerback dropped so far [FOX Sports]

6. Jimmy Smith is a risky pick [MASN]

7. The Bears and the NFL should do right by the Ravens after their botched deal [Chicago Tribune]

8. Ravens players are pretty excited about Jimmy Smith [Baltimore Sports Report]

9. Former Ravens linebacker Brad Jackson thinks Smith is a good fit in Baltimore [CSN Baltimore]

10. Kevin Van Valkenburg and I did a live chat during the draft [Baltimore Sports Blitz]

11. Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg said he enjoys having competition for the closer's job [Baltimore Sun]

12. Nolan Reimold is “ready enough for this team" [Dempsey's Army]

13. Adjusting to Randy Edsall hasn't been much of a problem for Maryland's offensive line [Baltimore Sun]

14. A familiar setup: The Capitals must get past the Lightning [Washington Post]

15. The Capitals must minimize turnovers against the opportunistic Lightning [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"Like it as long as he keeps out of trouble. We need a shutdown corner." -- @JulieSax on Twitter likes the Jimmy Smith pick. So does @Benaiah317, @BaltimoreBoy and @jessevarsalone.

Video of the morning: 

Here's a Jimmy Smith highlight reel from his college days at Colorado:

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, leads, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I’ll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.

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