Joe Rankin (Morgan State), TraVaughn Paschal (Arundel) invited to Browns, Bills minicamps

Former Morgan State cornerback Joe Rankin was invited to the Cleveland Browns' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to his agent, Scott Bergman.

Former Kentucky outside linebacker TraVaughn Paschal, an Arundel graduate, has been invited to the Buffalo Bills' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to a source.

Rankin worked overnight for several months as a forklift operator this past year, toiling away to save up enough money to train for another shot at the NFL.

Rankin went undrafted last year, participated in the Ravens' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and was not signed.

"I'm definitely very hungry and excited," Rankin said in a telephone interview. "I've been training and trying to better myself to give it another go and hopefully put up some good numbers and grab the attention of NFL scouts.

"I was working overnight so I could train during the day. I did that for five months to save enough money to devote myself full time to training. I'm taking all of the experiences I've had and giving it a strong push."

Rankin was invited to the NFL super regional combine last year at Ford Field in Detroit after participating in an NFL regional combine and a local-prospects day at the Ravens' facility.

Last year, Rankin ran the 40-yard dash in the range of 4.4 to 4.5 seconds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

Rankin intercepted 13 passes for his career at Morgan State, two shy of matching Joe Fowlkes' school record. As a junior, the second-team all-conference selection had five interceptions, 11 pass deflections, 46 tackles and a blocked field goal. The Seneca Valley graduate also intercepted three passes as a sophomore.

Rankin is upbeat about his chances despite being out of football last season.

"I've learned a lot," Rankin said. "I've been training very hard."

Paschal recently learned that his petition for another year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA under the delayed enrollment rule.

Paschal was invited to the Ravens' local prospect day.

Paschal attended Fork Union Military Academy in 2009 and 2010 after going to Arundel and before enrolling at Kentucky.

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Odenton native tore his abdomen and had ankle surgery during his time at Kentucky, but is healthy now.

Paschal had 22 tackles, one for a loss and a sack last season.

At his Pro Day workout, Paschal ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, had a 32-inch vertical leap and a 10-8 broad jump.

Paschal moved to outside linebacker after playing defensive end his first two years at Kentucky.

Paschal didn't get recruited out of Arundel after breaking his arm early in his senior year. So, he enrolled at Fork Union to get more attention from recruiters.

Paschal had 39 tackles as a junior, four for losses, one sack and one forced fumble.

At Arundel, Paschal had several sacks as a senior before he broke his arm and missed the remainder of the season playing for coach Chuck Markiewicz.

"We knew he was a special player," Markiewicz said. "His injury kept everyone else from knowing how special he was."

Paschal was also on the track and field team and was an all-county high jumper who also did the long jump and triple jump.

Meanwhile, former Wake Forest wide receiver E.J. Scott has been invited to the Bills' rookie minicamp, according to a source.

Scott attended the Ravens' local prospect day.

The former Good Counsel standout ran the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at the Demon Deacons' Pro Day workout. He had a 1.55 10-yard split, a 2.52 20-yard split, bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times and had a 35.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot broad jump, a 4.33 20-yard shuttle and a 7.01 three-cone drill.

A fifth-year senior who transferred after graduating from Virginia, Scott caught 50 passes for 513 yards and four touchdowns last season and also rushed for 47 yards and a touchdown.

Scott, 5 feet 11 and 180 pounds, caught three passes for 30 yards in 2013 with the Cavaliers and had 29 catches for 390 yards and three touchdowns in 2012.

At Good Counsel, Scott was an all-conference selection and a three-star recruit who caught 21 passes for 400 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He played in the Crab Bowl all-star game.

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