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Ravens: Midwestern State lineman Amini Silatolu is no secret

OWINGS MILLS -- Midwestern State offensive guard Amini Silatolu visited or had private workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers.

Among the other teams that are logical fits for Silatolu or have displayed interested in him: the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans.

The 6-foot-4, 311-pounder starred at the Division II level at the Wichita Falls, Texas school and was named a consensus All-American as a left tackle.

However, he projects to offensive guard in the NFL.

Silatolu has drawn comparisons to Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive guard Jahri Evans and former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Larry Allen.

He's the first player from his school to be invited to the Senior Bowl. However, the mauling blocker injured his hamstring and was sideline that week.

The former junior college All-American finished second in the voting for the Gene Upshaw award for the top Division II lineman.

He's a two-time Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year.

At the NFL scouting combine, Silatolu bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times, had a 31 1/2 inch vertical leap, an 8-11 broad jump, a 4.87 20-yard shuttle and a 7.95 three-cone drill. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.43 seconds.

At his campus Pro Day workout, he had a 9-2 broad jump and a 32-inch vertical leap.

Midwestern State averaged 531.9 yards per game and 48.6 points per contest.

Silatolu was recruited by Arizona, San Jose State, Hawaii and California before signing with Nevada. He didn't play for Nevada, though, before transferring to Midwestern State.