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Joe Rankin (Morgan State), TraVaughn Paschal (Arundel) invited to Browns, Bills minicamps

Former Morgan State cornerback Joe Rankin was invited to the Cleveland Browns' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to his agent, Scott Bergman.

Former Kentucky outside linebacker TraVaughn Paschal, an Arundel graduate, has been invited to the Buffalo Bills' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to a source.

Rankin worked overnight for several months as a forklift operator this past year, toiling away to save up enough money to train for another shot at the NFL.

Rankin went undrafted last year, participated in the Ravens' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and was not signed.

"I'm definitely very hungry and excited," Rankin said in a telephone interview. "I've been training and trying to better myself to give it another go and hopefully put up some good numbers and grab the attention of NFL scouts.

"I was working overnight so I could train during the day. I did that for five months to save enough money to devote myself full time to training. I'm taking all of the experiences...

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Ravens hosting summit for area coaches Saturday

The Ravens will host a free summit for area youth football coaches on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

The event, which is part of the organization's RISE program, will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Former Baltimore Colt Joe Ehrmann and former Ravens Brad Jackson, Michael McCrary and Matt Stover are scheduled to attend.

It will include a coaching seminar led by Ehrmann and a Ravens alumni panel discussion on youth football. Coaches in attendance will also get breakfast and a tour of the Stadium.

"Youth coaches have a unique opportunity to educate and inspire young athletes, helping provide a foundation to be successful in every area of life," said Ravens team president Dick Cass. "The Ravens are committed to developing football coaches who embody these ideals, and we salute Mr. Ehrmann for the impact he continues to make."

THe Ravens RISE program was started last year to cultivate area youth football coaches.

Ehrmann, a Baltimore resident, speaks to NFL, college and high school coaches around...

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Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson excited to join Ravens as undrafted free agent

Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson chose the Ravens after being in heavy demand following the NFL draft.

He went with the Ravens over the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns. The deal with the Ravens includes a $9,000 signing bonus, according to a source.

Wilson worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Falcons prior to the draft.

He met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine, discussing defensive schemes with secondary coach Chris Hewitt.

“It’s a great opportunity with a great team,” Wilson told The Baltimore Sun. “Things didn’t go as planned in the draft, but I still have a shot to make my dream come true of playing on Sundays. I felt like it was a good fit for me.”

Wilson has prototypical size and speed for an NFL defensive back.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound cornerback has 32 3/8-inch arms, 9 1/4-inch hands and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout and bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

An Academic...

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Ravens news, notes and opinions on Dennis Pitta's future and the draft

The Ravens drafting of two tight ends – Minnesota’s Maxx Williams in the second round and Delaware’s Nick Boyle in the fifth – doesn’t necessarily mean that veteran Dennis Pitta won’t play football again. But it does reflect the reality of the situation after Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip in each of the past two seasons.

Pitta recently expressed hope that he’d return for the 2015 season and the Ravens have said that the player and the doctors will make that decision. But they obviously have to prepare for the strong possibility that Pitta won’t play again.

“I still don’t know what’s going to happen with him,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said Saturday.

This isn’t a recent revelation. When Pitta was hurt last September against the Cleveland Browns without making contact with another player, it was widely reported that the tight end’s career was in jeopardy. You need only to look back at Bo Jackson’s career to get a reminder of how significant hip injuries are, and the effect that...

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Mel Kiper Jr. predicts rookie honors for Ravens tight end Maxx Williams

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is bullish on the Ravens' rookie draft class, giving them an A-minus in his annual post-draft grades.

Kiper expressed surprise that Central Florida wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a 4.22 speedster in the 40-yard dash, lasted until the Ravens' 26th overall pick of the first round.

He also provided a prediction on Perriman, who will try to replace former Ravens wide reciever Torrey Smith after Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers this offseaosn.

"I think he'll be better than Torrey Smith," Kiper said during a conference call Sunday afternoon.

The Ravens drafted Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams in the second round and anticipate hihe will have a major pass-catching role in new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's tight end-friendly scheme. So does Kiper.

"I think Maxx Williams could be NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year," Kiper said. "He could be everything that Dennis Pitta was when he was healthy."

Kiper said that he thought Iowa defensive tackle Carl...

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Maryland linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil signing with the Tennessee Titans, sources say

Maryland outside linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil is signing a free-agent deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to sources.

The Towson High graduate went undrafted.

Cudjoe-Virgil ran the 40-yard dash in 4.5 to 4.6 seconds at the Terps' Pro Day workout, according to NFL scouts.

The 6-foot-2, 244-pound former walk-on also bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times. He had a 4.25 short shuttle, a 7.2 three-cone drill and a 9-10 broad jump before 30 NFL teams.

Cudjoe-Virgil wasn't able to work out at the NFL scouting combine in February because of a knee injury. He participated in the Ravens' and Washington Redskins' local prospect days.

A transfer from Seton Hill University, Cudjoe-Virgil finished his career with 39 tackles, six for losses, five sacks and an interception. Last season, he played in nine games with three starts and had 21 tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for losses as he missed three games with a foot injury.

Because of a foot injury suffered during the preseason, Cudjoe-Virgil...

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