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Norfolk State pass rusher Lynden Trail is an NFL draft sleeper

MOBILE, Ala. — Although he comes from a relatively small school, Norfolk State outside linebacker Lynden Trail is hardly a secret.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound transfer from Florida has the kind of large frame and pass-rushing skills that NFL teams covet. He could eventually bulk up into a 280-pound defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or stay at his current weight and play as a standup 3-4 outside linebacker.

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Trail is a three-time All-Mid-Eastern Conference selection who's flashed a lot of mobility and and shown the ability to hold the point of attack at the Senior Bowl, drawing some comparisons to lean Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap.

Trail recorded 91 tackles as a senior with 11 for losses, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He finished his career with 255 tackles, 41 for losses, 19.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries.

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He's the first Norfolk State player to be invited to the NFL scouting combine since cornerback Don Carey in 2009. Trail is regarded as a middle-round to late-round draft pick.

However, he's also considered an intriguing option for teams looking for a young developmental pass rusher. The Ravens could fit into that category — they might need someone to work in behind ultra-productive outside linebacker tandem Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs if Pernell McPhee leaves via free agency.

"There's no such thing as a small-school guy, in my opinion," Trail said. "The only difference between us and a major Division I school is the money. At the end of the day, everybody has to play ball, throw their helmet on and hit somebody."

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Trail has been training in Dallas with Cowboys Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Randy White (Maryland) at former Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson's training facility.

Trail declined to offer a prediction on how fast he'll run the 40-yard dash at the combine in February, but predicted it would be impressive.

"Fast," Trail said. "It will be unusually fast for my size. Trust me, when I finish it's going to be a beautiful combine."

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The Ravens took advantage of the Senior Bowl practices to talk with several draft prospects. this week. That included Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith (Owings Mills), Duke offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson, UCLA defensive end Owamagbe Odghizuwa, Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates, Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett, Delaware tight end Nick Boyle, Arizona State offensive guard Jamil Douglas, Utah cornerback Eric Rowe, East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden, Kansas State cornerback JaCorey Shephed, Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah, Northwestern State cornerback Imoan Claiborne, Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony, Clemson defensive lineman Grady Jarrett, East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy and Louisville linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin.

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