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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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Ravens invite Maryland defensive lineman Andre Monroe to minicamp on tryout basis, sources say

The Ravens have invited Maryland defensive end Andre Monroe to their rookie minicamp this week on a tryout basis, according to a source.

Monroe went undrafted.

An unconventionally-built defensive lineman at 5-foot-10 and 294 pounds, Monroe leaves Maryland sharing the Terps’ all-time record with Mike Corvino with 24 sacks. Monroe also had 39 career tackles for losses. He is highly regarded for his work ethic and character.

Monroe had 20 sacks and 31 1/2 tackles for losses in his past 26 games. He finished his career with just 5½ fewer sacks than Aaron Donald had at Pitt, 5½ sacks more than New York Jets defensive tackle and former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson had at Missouri, four more sacks than Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus had at Alabama and the same number of sacks that Miami Dolphins star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh recorded at Nebraska.

Monroe had four more sacks than top-ranked defensive tackle Leonard Williams had at USC.

A second-team...

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Bowie State tight end Khari Lee signing with Houston Texans

Bowie State tight end Khari Lee is signing a free agent deal with the Houston Texans after going undrafted.

Lee was invited to the Ravens' local prospect day. He was a Division II All-America selection and a three-time All-CIAA selection.

The Western Tech graduate worked out for 24 NFL teams at his pro day and had 10 total visits and private workouts.

Lee played in the East-West Shrine and Medal of Honor all-star games after catching 34 passes for 389 yards and a touchdown last season.



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Deon Long to Titans, Matt Robinson to Jaguars, Cole Farrand to Giants, R.J. Harris to Saints

Maryland wide receiver Deon Long agreed to a free-agent deal with the Tennessee Titans, while Terps linebackers Matt Robinson (Atholton) and Cole Farrand reached agreements with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants, respectively.

New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris (Arundel), meanwhile, agreed to a free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.

After participating in the Redskins and Ravens' local-prospect days, Long went undrafted. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 to 4.58 seconds at the Terps' Pro Day workout before 30 NFL teams, including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio. Long ran a 4.51 at the NFL scouting combine.

Long attended four colleges, going to West Virginia, New Mexico and Iowa Western Junior College before completing his career with the Terps.

A Washington native who played at Dunbar, Long stood out at the East-West Shrine all-star game after catching 51 passes for 575 yards and two touchdowns last season.


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Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson (City) signing with Green Bay Packers, sources say

Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson is signing with the Green Bay Packers, according to sources.

The former City standout ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 and 4.33 seconds.

Coxson visited the Kansas City Chiefs, was scheduled to visit the Packers before it was canceled and worked out for the Ravens, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and New York Jets during local prospect days.

A Maryland transfer, Coxson bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 34-inch vertical leap during a Pro Day attended by the Packers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Jets, Chiefs and Buffalo Bills.

Coxson has been training with retired Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail for the past few months at The Arena Club in Bel Air, and has made a lot of physical improvements.

Coxson caught a career-high 43 passes for 664 yards and six touchdowns last season and was named third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association. As a junior, Coxson caught 31 passes for 544 yards and three touchdowns.

A former blue-chip recruit,...

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