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Severna Park grad Steve Demilio hoping to catch on in NFL

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Steve Demilio may have absorbed more knowledge from Ravens run-game coordinator Juan Castillo in roughly an hour of instruction than he did during his entire collegiate career.

It was an enriching experience.

"The workout was awesome," Demilio said. "I learned a lot."

For the Gardner-Webb offensive lineman and Severna Park graduate, his participation in the Ravens' local prospects day was a watershed moment after previously working out at a regional NFL combine at the Super Bowl champions' training complex.

The Millersville native was an All-Big South Conference selection who has played every position along the offensive line except for center. He was invited to several all-star games, including the FCS Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"It's exciting to have this opportunity," said Demilio , whose agent is Brad Berkowitz. "The first big exciting thing in the process was talking to agents and having people in the business tell you that you have this opportunity and that it's realistic. It's a really humbling experience."

The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder has run the 40-yard dash in 4.95 seconds. A Dean's List student, Demilio made the Big South Presidential honor roll every year.

Demilio wears No. 79 and can be seen on this video reel.

He participated in the Wake Forest Pro Day, which was attended by nearly 20 teams. He posted an 8-3 broad jump.

Afterward, Demilio was worked out individually by an Indianapolis Colts scout.

"He had me do some extra positional work, ran me through some drills, pulling and pass protection," Demilio said. "It went pretty well. He seemed impressed.

"Anytime you can compete and show you belong and outshine some of the other guys, it's a feather in your cap. Playing at a Division I-AA school, we have a bit of a chip on our shoulder. We played Wake Forest, North Carolina State and we beat Akron."

Demilio was lightly recruited out of Severna Park, so he enrolled at Milford Academy for a postgraduate year where he played defensive line before being recruited by Gardner-Webb as an offensive lineman.

"I was kind of a late bloomer," Demilio said. "I wasn't 6-4 and 250 until I was a senior in high school. I got a little attention from Lehigh and Hofstra, but no offers. My grades weren't the greatest."

Demilio is a long shot to get drafted, but is expected to draw attention as a priority free agent.

"I just want to show my athletic ability," Demilio said. "That's something I've always hung my hat on is being able to move my feet. That's the way the league is going. They're not looking for a big, sloppy guy.

"You've got to be able to move to block freakish athletes. You've got to be able to change direction and be an explosive athlete. I'm working on getting bigger and stronger and keeping my athleticism."

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