By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
10:44 AM EDT, March 31, 2013
The Ravens' search for linebackers in the NFL draft involves a wide investigation of prospects.
That includes interest in Howard University linebacker Keith Pough, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Among the other teams interested in the MEAC Conference Defensive Player of the Year: the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The South Carolina native had 72 tackles, 10 for losses with 3 1/2 sacks and four pass deflections as a senior.
As a junior, Pough was a third-team Associated Press All-American when he had 120 tackles, 21 for losses, three sacks and 11 pass deflections.
The four-year starter finished his career with 340 tackles, 71 for losses.
Pough is a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder who ran the 40-yard dash in just 4.8 seconds at the NFL scouting combine after being clocked as fast as 4.75 seconds previously.
He had a 9-10 broad jump, a 33-inch vertical leap, a 4.47 20-yard shuttle and a 7.28 three-cone drill. He bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.
Pough was recruited by New Mexico and attended Howard after being invited to walk on at LSU, Clemson and Vanderbilt. His father was a receivers coach and video game coordinator for the Bison.
Pough grew up as a Ravens fan, idolizing retired middle linebacker Ray Lewis.