Ravens intrigued by Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray, one of their predraft visitors

Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray has grabbed the Ravens' interest, sparking conversations between coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Ray likely will not fall to the Ravens' No. 26 overall pick, but the team has him on its list of predraft visitors, according to sources.


"We had a conversation about Shane Ray, which is kind of intriguing," Harbaugh said during the Ravens' predraft news conference. "We both like him. What jumps out, first of all, is his motor, right? This guy has an unbelievable motor. He's going to get plenty of NFL sacks just because he's going to keep coming relentlessly.

"And then he's a leverage rusher with subtle speed to work the edges. He can work the edge of an offensive tackle like few other guys. So he's an interesting guy."


The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year also met with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine.

Ray is one of the top pass rushers available. As a defensive end in college, he had 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for losses last season, with two forced fumbles.

Ray also has visits scheduled with several other teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

Ray didn't work out at the combine because of a foot injury. At his campus Pro Day workout, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times. He also posted a 33-1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump.

Ray's father, Wendell Ray, was a fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1981.