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Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith encouraged by Ravens' interest in him at Senior Bowl

MOBILE, ALA. — Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith has already established himself as a deep threat with his eye-catching speed.

Now, Smith is intent on showing that he can become an all-around wide receiver. Smith has looked sharp running intermediate patterns this week during practices at the Senior Bowl.

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Smith talked with the Ravens this week and characterized it as a productive meeting.

"It went really well," Smith said. "They showed a lot of interest. They liked the things I did on the football field."

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Smith averaged 28.2 yards per reception as a senior and helped the Buckeyes win the national championship over Oregon with his ability to strike deep. He caught 33 passes as a senior for 931 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Smith runs the 40-yard dash in about 4.3 seconds. He finished his career with 121 receptions for 2,503 yards and 30 touchdowns. He averaged 37.9 yards per score, and Ohio State went 22-0 in games where he caught a touchdown pass.

Like Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates, NFL scouts want to see more consistency from Smith and continued development.

"It's been a great week so far," Smith said. "I think I've shown I can compete with the best receivers and showing I can run all the routes. I think that's very imperative for me to show that I can run all the other routes and that I can block and do all the necessary things that a wide receiver has to do.

"I know I can run all the other routes, the intermediate routes and things like that, it's just a matter of me showing it to these coaches. One area I need to work on is blocking. I think a lot of times a lot of defensive backs are scared of me going deep, so a lot of times when we had a run, I acted like I was running a go route and took them out of the equation."

Smith has made a big impression on Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, who is coaching the North squad in Saturday's game.

"Devin is doing a nice job," Whisenhunt said. "He's working hard, and you can see flashes of the explosive player you see in those college games. It's exciting to see him develop during the week."

End zone

Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder has looked crisp in and out of his breaks and is tough to defend out of the slot. Crowder isn't big at 5 feet 9, 175 pounds, but he is tough and compact and runs well after the catch. ... Another wide receiver who has had an encouraging week is Phillip Dorsett from Miami. Among the most sure-handed wide receivers here are Tyler Lockett (Kansas State) and Justin Hardy (East Carolina). ... NFL scouts have continually raved about the size and strength of Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery, who is built more like a running back at 6-2, 215 pounds. ... Despite an abdominal strain, Miami inside linebacker Denzel Perryman returned to practice Thursday. ... Missouri running back Marcus Murphy was added to the North roster.

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