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Miami tight end Clive Walford met with the Ravens, sources say

University of Miami tight end Clive Walford had a predraft meeting with the Ravens, according to NFL sources.

Walford dominated Senior Bowl practices, especially in red-zone drills. He is the second-ranked tight end in the draft, behind University of Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams. He's generally graded as a second-to-third-round draft pick.

The Ravens are in the market for a tight end due to tight end Dennis Pitta's uncertain status. Pitta has dislocated and fractured his right hip twice in the past two seasons.

Walford ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds at the NFL scouting combine during which he also bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times, had a 35-inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump.

The 6-foot-4, 251-pound tight end was a second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and a third-team All-American last season. He was a finalist for the John Mackey award.

Walford tore his meniscus and missed the Hurricanes' bowl game.

As a junior, he started every game and caught 34 passes....

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Ask Mike Preston about the NFL draft

Do you have a question about what the Ravens might do in the NFL draft, which begins Thursday?

Send an email to sports@baltimoresun.com with your question. It might be answered by Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston in a Q&A that will appear on baltimoresun.com this week.

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Joe Flacco upbeat about new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman

The arrival of offensive coordinator Marc Trestman brings a professorial quality to the Ravens' offense.

Bespectacled with a rich vocabulary, Trestman is well-versed in the stock market, took and passed the bar exam and earned a nickname, "The Quarterback Whisperer," for his work with Steve Young and Bernie Kosar.

Although Trestman and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler were not successful together -- particularly last season, which ended with Trestman being fired as head coach following a 5-11 nose dive -- he's made a good impression so far on quarterback Joe Flacco.

"Everybody likes Marc, I think he's a bright guy," Flacco said Saturday night during a Special Olympics Maryland event in at Al Packer Ford in White Marsh. "I think he's running the meetings well. I think he's doing some really good things. We're evolving a little bit. I think he's going to be a good fit."

The expectation is that Trestman will use a lot of former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking system...

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Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta still hopeful that he'll play in 2015

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta enjoyed being back at the team facility last week, taking part in workouts with his teammates. He hopes that was just the start of a significant comeback.

Pitta, who has had surgeries to repair a fractured and dislocated hip each of the past two years, said Saturday that his goal remains to be on the field for the 2015 season. But he said it’s too early to know whether that will be possible.

“We still have some time to be able to assess where I’m at,” said Pitta, who appeared with quarterback Joe Flacco at Casino Night at Al Packer's White Marsh Ford to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. “I sure hope that I’ll be on the field next year. That’s my hope; that’s my goal. We’ll just see if we can get there.”

The Ravens have said they are leaving the decision to Pitta and his doctors. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said Pitta’s hip is fully recovered, but whether he returns to the field is up to the 29-year-old..

Pitta suffered his second dislocated and fractured...

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O.J. Brigance 'blessed' by large turnout for annual Brigance Brigade 5.7K run

A large contingent of runners participated in retired Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance's annual championship run Saturday in Canton.

Ravens Pro Bowl inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, defensive tackle Tony Siragusa and defensive end Michael McCrary attended the event.

The 5.7-kilometer run and one-mile family run-walk, organized through the Brigance Brigade, benefits research for and support of families dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Ravens' senior advisor to player development, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS in 2007. He won a Super Bowl with the Ravens after the 2000 season and also won a Grey Cup championship with the Baltimore Stallions.

"The growth of the awareness about ALS over the past few years has been the most impressive to me, from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to movies like 'A Beautiful Mind,' and TV series like Empire," Brigance told The Baltimore...

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Imposing Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson met with Ravens at NFL scouting combine

Oklahoma cornerback Julian Wilson met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine, discussing defensive schemes with secondary coach Chris Hewitt.

"I met with them and it was really good," Wilson told The Baltimore Sun. "We went over board work, going over coverages my team was doing and some Ravens stuff. They wanted to see if I had a good understanding of the game. It was fun."

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.

At the NFL scouting combine, Wilson ran a 4.58 and had a 36-inch vertical leap. Wilson trained at IMG Academy along with Penn State safety Adrian Amos (Calvert Hall) along with secondary coach Cory Robinson, the founder of Next Level Nation.

"I feel like my size and speed helps me tremendously," Wilson said. "The game is changing. Receivers keep getting bigger and...

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