When imposing University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was in Baltimore a week ago to receive the John Mackey award as the nation's top tight end, he was seated next to another honoree at the Marriott Waterfront.
Seferian-Jenkins took advantage of the opportunity to gain some knowledge from Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, the Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end who was there to receive the Mackey leadership award.
"Ozzie sat right next to me and gave me some great advice," Seferian-Jenkins said in a telephone interview. "I wrote it all down and took it all to heart. It was a great opportunity to talk with him. He was a beast as a player and is such an impressive person.
"I was so happy to be there and really enjoyed myself. You never know with the draft where you might wind up, but the Ravens are a great organization. We'll find out in May."
Seferian-Jenkins declined to say if he had an official visit with the Ravens while he was in town, but it makes sense if he did, given his abilities and the franchise's continued interest in reinforcements at the position after an offseason in which they signed Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels. Seferian-Jenkins has already visited six teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions.
Seferian-Jenkins had a hairline stress fracture in his left foot discovered at the NFL scouting combine that prevented him from working out, but he said he has been medically cleared now after undergoing surgery. He'll attend the NFL combine medical recheck later this week, but won't work out for NFL teams prior to the draft in May.
"I got cleared, the foot has no fracture anymore," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I'm just doing conditioning stuff and rehabbing until it's 100 percent. There's no fracture, so that's good. I expect to be ready for all the minicamps after the draft.
"There was no point rushing back. I wanted to make sure it was fully strong. Right now, I'm just chilling, doing what I usually do, working out and enjoying myself."
Seferian-Jenkins has prototypical size at 6 feet 5, 262 pounds and is projected as a second-round draft pick as an all-around tight end prospect. Athletic and fluid in his motions, Seferian-Jenkins also played for the Washington basketball team in 2011 and 2012.
In the Huskies' pro-style offense, Seferian-Jenkins has lined up as an in-line tight end, split out as a receiver and at fullback.
The third-team All-American selection caught 146 passes for 1,840 yards and 21 touchdowns in three seasons. Last season, he caught 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns.
"I pride myself on being an all-around tight end," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I block, I catch, I do whatever needs to be done."
Jenkins downplayed any questions about his character stemming from a driving under the influence arrest a year ago. He had no other known off-the-field incidents.
"I think people know I don't have any real character issues," Seferian-Jenkins said. "I messed up one time. People that know me know that's not me. I'm not perfect, but who is? Nobody.
"I'm a really good guy, a hard-working guy. Whoever gets me gets a hard worker who will max out his potential on and off the field. I know I will be successful and help that organization."
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