Special teams were fairly special

In Mel Kiper's latest mock draft on ESPN.com, he has the Ravens taking Texas cornerback Aaron Williams.

Williams, who checks in at 6-feet, 192 lbs., posted 45 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles with the Longhorns this season.

I still think it's too early to be doing mock drafts. Let's wait until after the Combine and Pro Days, shall we?

I'm fighting a losing battle here, I know.

Earlier this week, Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News put out his yearly special teams rankings, which list all 32 NFL teams in 22 kicking-game categories. Gosselin assigns each team points according to their standing in each category, and adds them up to determine which squad sports the best overall special teams unit.

The Ravens ranked eighth, which is up 10 spots from last year, when they came in at No. 18. Baltimore earned 311 total points, which is 42 behind the Patriots, who had the top special teams unit this season.

Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg's unit did beat the Steelers, however. Pittsburgh ranked ninth in the league.

Kicker Billy Cundiff and punter Sam Koch both posted fantastic 2010 seasons, but the Ravens had issues with their kickoff coverage, which allowed 26 yards per return, worst in the NFL.

One final note - quarterback Joe Flacco spent part of today at Ravens headquarters meeting with head coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, according to the team.

Flacco publicly expressed his displeasure with the Ravens' decision to fire quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn nearly three weeks ago, and this afternoon's sit-down could be a chance for the QB and his coaches to smooth things out.

Flacco wasn't happy that Zorn was fired; the Ravens might not have been happy that Flacco went public with his feelings.

Could be an interesting meeting this afternoon.

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