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Ravens work out cornerback, Baltimore native Brandon Driver

The Ravens auditioned former San Jose State cornerback and Baltimore native Brandon Driver on Sunday.

By all accounts, the workout went well for the cousin of former Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon. Although the Parkville graduate wasn't immediately signed to a contract, the Ravens told him to stay in shape in case they need to sign another cornerback.

"It was an honor just to try out for the Ravens," Driver said in a telephone interview. "It would be a dream come true to play for the Ravens. It was exciting to work out for them. Everything weent smoothly. I put everything I had into it and feel good about how it went. They said it went well, so I'm happy about that."

Driver, 26, hasn't had an easy road as he tries to make it to the NFL. He spent brief stints with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League and the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League.

During his senior year at San Jose State, Driver ruptured his left Achilles tendon against Colorado State. That prevented him from running at full speed the following spring when he auditioned for NFL scouts.

"I'm 100 percent now, but the timing was bad for the injury, obviously," said Driver, a former junior college All-American who recorded 50 tackles, one interception and seven passes defended in 17 games at San Jose State. "I feel great now. I've been working out hard and just need a chance."

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound player had 43 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass deflections and also averaged 15.4 yards per punt return and 24.5 yards per kickoff return as a sophomore at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Driver played point guard at Calvert Hall before transferring to Parkville, where he focused on football.

"It's been a lot of hard work to get to this point," Driver said. "I'm just ready to play some football. I would love to play for my hometown team. Hopefully, everything works out and I'll be out there with the Ravens one day."

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