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Ravens worked out Ohio State defensive end-linebacker Nate Williams, sources say

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The Ravens have displayed steady interest in Ohio State defensive end-outside linebacker Nate Williams, according to league sources.

That includes having a private workout and meeting with him during the draft process.

Williams is a hybrid pass rusher at 6-foot-3, 242 pounds with 4.76 speed in the 40-yard dash.

At the NFL scouting combine, Williams bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times and recorded a 35-inch vertical leap. He also had a 9-5 broad jump, a 4.44 20-yard shuttle and a 6.99 three-cone drill.

Williams underwent microfracture and arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, but returned to record 40 tackles, three 1/2 for losses and two sacks as a senior for the Buckeyes.

As a junior, Williams had 45 tackles, 8 1/2 for losses, 4 1/2 sacks, one interception and three pass deflections.

He finished his career with 132 tackles, a dozen sacks, 26 tackles for losses, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Williams draws high marks for toughness, aggressiveness strength, intelligence and instincts. The question marks on him are chiefly size, his knee injury and how he'll project to the NFL as an outside linebacker prospect.

Williams has primarily lined up in a two-point stance as an edge rusher.

Draft analysts have compared him from everyone from Erik Walden to Lawrence Sidbury.

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