Brown met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine and also conducted a private workout for them, but didn't visit team headquarters.

The Ravens demonstrated just how much they liked Brown by executing a trade to get him.

"I appreciate them because it shows that they believe in me as a player and as a person," Brown said. "Picking me where they did just shows me that they believe in me, and I am definitely ready to be a big part of this team.”

Williams is a Division II All-American who's slated to compete with Terrence Cody at nose guard. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Cody is recovering well from offseason hip surgery and is off crutches.

"He looks great," Harbaugh said of Cody. "He feels really good.'

Williams excelled at the small-school level with 182 career tackles and 25 sacks, opening scouts' eyes by how he competed against elite offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-1, 335-pounder bench pressed 225 pounds 38 times at the NFL scouting combine where he met informally with the Ravens.

"He's a big man, he's in really good shape," DeCosta said. "It's tough to find these types of body types to play in the 3-4 defense. We think he's a really good fit for us. When you're looking at a small-school prospect, that's one thing that you want to see: a guy that dominates in a game."

Williams visited the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, St. Louis Rams and the Carolina Panthers, but thought the Ravens were the team that liked him the most because they kept scouting him at his school.

"I was like, 'I would love to be a Raven, I would love to be on that defense,'" Williams said. "I know how nasty it is, I know how physical it is. That's exactly what I feel like I am, and I definitely wanted to be a Raven."


The draft starts up again today at noon. The Ravens have the following remaining picks: fourth (129th, 130th), fifth (168th), sixth (200th, 203rd) and seventh (238th, 247th).


Linebacker, Kansas State

Ht., Wt.: 6 foot, 242 pounds

Born: June 17, 1990 in Wichita, Kan.

College highlights: All-American selection was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last season as he recorded 100 tackles, seven for losses, four interceptions and a sack. ... University of Miami transfer was a two-time team captain at Kansas State. ... Finished with 218 career tackles, 17 for losses, five interceptions and three sacks.

Personal: Brown's brother, Bryce Brown, plays running back for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz: “Really instinctive player who plays hard every snap, finds his way to the ball, shows very good speed. That was Robert Griffin he was tracking outside on that highlight, so he can really run. He's just a leader, a great kid who has passed every test along the way.”

Aaron Wilson's analysis: Ravens are on a quest to build a more athletic defense, and Brown provides a relentless, rangy presence inside that has sparked comparisons to a young Ray Lewis.