Towson pass rusher Ryan Delaire invited to Ravens' local prospect day, sources say

The Ravens have invited Towson pass rusher Ryan Delaire to their local prospect day, according to NFL sources.

Delaire drew strong reviews for his performance at his campus Pro Day workout, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 to 4.8 seconds with a 33 1/2 inch vertical leap at Johnny Unitas Stadium with Ravens coach John Harbaugh in attendance.


The Ravens have also invited Towson cornerback Tye Smith to their local workout April 21 at their training complex.

Delaire has also drawn interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints. Delaire has been projected as a middle- to later-round draft prospect.


"To my way of thinking, Delaire is very much a draftable guy," an AFC scout said. "Delaire is a natural pass rusher and you don't like to pass them up because of how important it is to have players like him that can get to the quarterback on a consistent basis. I don't know where he'll be picked, but he'll be on our draft board."

Delaire is going to the medical recheck in Indianapolis this weekend after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in December and pulling his groin while running the 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds during the NFL scouting combine. Delaire is healthy now.

The 6-foot-4, 257-pound defensive end might project to outside linebacker in 3-4 defensive schemes in the NFL.

Twenty-five scouts from 23 NFL teams attended the workout on the Towson campus. That included representatives from the Eagles, Ravens, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, St. Louis Rams, Falcons, Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins.

Growing up in Connecticut, Delaire played basketball until his senior year of high school before earning a scholarship to Massachusetts-Amherst. After transferring to Towson, Delaire emerged as a third-team All-American and finished with 22.5 career sacks.

Delaire had 11 sacks, 14.5 tackles for losses and forced three fumbles last season before having to decline invitations to all-star games because of his knee surgery.

"Ryan brings something a little bit different because normally with someone that long, you don't associate speed and quickness, but he has it," Towson coach Rob Ambrose told The Baltimore Sun last month. "His former days as a basketball player have served him quite well. There aren't that many guys that big and and tall that are physical and quick. He has the ability to get low and bend.

"You usually only see that from a guy like Elvis Dumervil, who's, sorry, 5-11 in cleats and Ryan is 6-4, flat-footed. He's been a complete sponge as a player. He can't learn enough. The fact that he still has room to grow at the next level is exciting."