The Senior Bowl doesn't get the wide-scale attention that February's NFL Scouting Combine draws, but the Ravens certainly use it as a valuable scouting tool ahead of the draft.
In the 2015 draft, four of the nine players that the Ravens selected -- tight end Nick Boyle, offensive lineman Robert Myers, outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith and defensive lineman Carl Davis -- participated in the Senior Bowl. The previous year, eventual Ravens draft picks Lorenzo Taliaferro, Michael Campanaro (River Hill), Crockett Gillmore, Brent Urban and Terrence Brooks took part in Senior Bowl week.
The Ravens have also gotten extended looks at NFL prospects like Joe Flacco, Marshal Yanda, Kelechi Osemele, Courtney Upshaw, Brandon Williams and Kyle Juszczyk at the annual event.
Ravens executives, scouts and coaches are back in Mobile, Ala., this week for the Senior Bowl. It will be the first extensive opportunity for the Ravens to scout and interview many draft prospects ahead of the combine, pro days and the individual workouts.
Practices will start today and run through Thursday. The Senior Bowl game will then be held on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
Just about all the players connected to the Ravens to this point in the various mock drafts are underclassmen, so they won't be in Mobile this week. That list includes Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.
But there will be plenty of other players in action that could pique the Ravens' interest later in the draft. Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland, probably the marquee defensive player participating in the Senior Bowl, told reporters yesterday that he had already met with the Ravens.
Inside linebacker isn't among the Ravens' biggest needs and the sixth overall pick is probably far too early for Ragland anyway, but the Ravens love Alabama linebackers and Daryl Smith is no lock to return. Ragland could become an option if the Ravens move back in the first round.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo, Ohio State outside linebacker Joshua Perry and Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones (Gilman) are other names to watch.