Former Maryland players would welcome opportunity to play for Ravens, Redskins

Given Maryland's proximity between Baltimore and Washington, it's sometimes tough judge whether the Ravens or the Redskins are the "hometown team." Maryland's campus is about 15 minutes from FedEx Field in Landover and a half-hour from M&T Bank Stadium — without traffic, of course — and plenty of Terps identify as fans of either team.

So when the question of wanting to play for the "hometown team" came up at Maryland's pro day Wednesday, there were some mixed results.


Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, a native of Bowie in Prince George's County, was asked about the Ravens as the hometown team. Defensive back Sean Davis, a Washington native, referred to the Redskins as his hometown team.

"It would be a blessing to play for the hometown team," Ngakoue said of the Ravens. "We're just going to have to leave that one, just pray and just say. Either way, wherever I get drafted, it's just going to be a blessing to be there, be part of the NFL."

"Redskins would be great," said Davis, who grew up with Sean Taylor as his favorite player. "Obviously, I can't wear 21 [Taylor's number], but I'd still like to play for the Redskins. Hometown, I've always been a Redskins fan. I'd be happy wherever I'd go, but that would be really nice, playing for the Skins."

Davis was later asked about that other hometown team. Both Ngakoue and Davis reiterated that they don't have a specific preference of where they want to begin their careers. They just want to get it started.

"Ravens, it's cool," Davis said. "They still got the Maryland flag on it, I'm from Maryland, so playing for Baltimore, that'd be great too, staying at home. I'm not biased to nobody or anything, whoever picks me, I'm happy to play."

Other notes and observations from Wednesday's pro day:

>> Defensive back A.J. Hendy exited drills early and had his thigh and hamstring wrapped.

>> In addition to Stefon Diggs, former Terps Dexter McDougle, a defensive back with the New York Jets, and Andre Monroe, a defensive end with the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League, were also in attendance. Monroe is the program's all-time sacks leader.

>> Current Terps in attendance included: Jermaine Carter Jr., Milan Collins, Denzel Conyers, Josh Woods, Antwaine Carter and Azubuike Ukandu, among others.

>> Joey Porter of the Pittsburgh Steelers put Ngakoue and linebacker Avery Thompson through agility drills.

>> Ngakoue said he had visits with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and New York Jets scheduled.

>> Andrew Zeller plans to work out for the Ravens at a local workout on Friday. Ross said he discussed attending the workout with a scout.




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