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Looking at some of the Ravens' pre-draft visits

NFL teams are permitted to host only 30 prospects for official pre-draft visits in the days leading up to the April 27 first round.

The Ravens don't announce their visits, like a few teams do, and they'd prefer that none of them get out. Some do, but Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta cautioned to not believe everything you read and hear. This is the time of year where everybody is playing games.


"There are still smoke screens out there. I think teams try to get cute with different things and bring players into their building that they're not going to draft, hoping that you guys get the names," DeCosta told reporters. "It's so funny because I see players that are attached to us as having visited here and they've never visited. … The agent can say, 'Well, the guy is visiting.' You guys don't know that. You guys write it and then it's out there, like, 'so and so visited the Ravens.' I thought about calling you guys and saying, 'Hey he didn't visit just so you know.' But in the end, it's kind of good because it is a smoke screen when it happens."

Below is a partial list of players who have been connected to the Ravens on pre-draft visits. List compiled through independent reporting and via reports from several other outlets, including NFL Network, ESPN and Sports Illustrated's "Monday Morning Quarterback." Hat tip also to Walter Football, which keeps an extremely helpful guide of contact between prospects and teams.


Caleb Brantley, Florida, DT: The former Gator is the type of versatile and quick defensive lineman the Ravens love. At 6-foot-3 and 307 pounds, Brantley can play both nose tackle and the three-technique spot along the defensive line. He had only 2½ sacks last year, but he has the ability to push the pocket and get some pressure. Projects as a second-round pick.

Corey Davis, Western Michigan, WR: Of the draft's "Big Three" receivers, Davis may very well be the best fit for the Ravens, given his superb route running, competitiveness and production in the red zone. He dominated the Mid-American Conference and finished his four-year college career with 331 catches for 5,278 yards and 52 touchdowns. It's hardly a lock that he'll still be available when the Ravens are on the clock at pick No. 16.

Reuben Foster, Alabama, ILB: The Ravens did their due diligence on Foster even though it's unlikely that the draft's top inside linebacker will be available when they prepare to make their first selection. At 6-foot and 229 pounds, Foster is an extremely physical linebacker who makes plays sideline-to-sideline. He also holds his own in coverage. Pairing him with C.J. Mosley, another former Crimson Tide star, would be quite a coup for the Ravens.

Josh Jones, North Carolina St., S: A big hitter who always is around the ball, Jones has some similar attributes to former Ravens safety and enforcer Bernard Pollard. Jones, who is 6-1 and 220 pounds, profiles best as a box safety because of his hitting ability, but he's fast and athletic enough to hold his own in coverage. He also has decent ball skills with eight interceptions in three college seasons.

Kevin King, Washington, CB: Overshadowed in a Huskies secondary that also includes future pros Sidney Jones and Budda Baker, King's status rose significantly in the pre-draft process. Every team is seemingly looking for "long" corners and King is 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. He'll be in demand by teams that want their cornerbacks playing physical, press coverage. There are some questions about how he'll hold up athletically against quick receivers.

Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova, DE: One of the draft's most interesting stories, Kpassagnon has garnered attention for his size (6-7, 289 pounds) and athleticism. He had 11 sacks and 21½ tackles for loss for Villanova last year and is a nice developmental pass rusher. Kpassagnon was a double major in finance and accounting in college and has had an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Malik McDowell, Michigan State, DT: The former Spartan is one of the most polarizing players in the draft. Scouts believe he has the size (6-foot-6, 295 pounds), athleticism and explosiveness to become a Pro Bowl-caliber defensive lineman. However, there are extensive questions about his consistency and effort, and how he'll respond to hard coaching. With so many teams looking to add interior pass rushing, McDowell shouldn't fall too far in the draft.

Takkarist McKinley, UCLA, OLB: He's considered a bit raw as a pass rusher, but his athleticism is off the charts and he plays with great effort and intensity. McKinley, who is 6-2 and 250 pounds, had 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss last season. He's still learning how to use technique and leverage. He's expected to go in the first round but some mocks have him going in the top 10 while others project late in the first round.


Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State, ILB: While he's not considered one of the top inside linebackers in the draft, McMillan had an extremely productive career with the Buckeyes. He had 221 tackles over the past two seasons and he was a second-team All-American last year. Some evaluators question whether he'll be a three-down linebacker. The Ravens have a need at weak-side linebacker with Zachary Orr retiring.

Haason Reddick, Temple, OLB/ILB: Considered one of the draft's fastest-rising players, Reddick can play on the edge and inside, his versatility making him a logical candidate for the linebacker-needy Ravens. Fast and aggressive, he had 10 ½ sacks and 22½ half tackles for loss last season. He's projected as a mid-to-late first-round pick and he has drawn some comparisons to Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker Ryan Shazier.

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Derek Rivers, Youngstown State, DE: The Ravens selected a small-school pass rusher with prolific college numbers last year in Grand Valley State's Matthew Judon. Rivers is from a similar mold. He had 14 sacks (second most in the nation last year) 58 tackles and 19½ tackles for loss. Projected to go in the middle rounds, he plays with great energy and effort.

Cam Robinson, Alabama, OT: A three-year starter at Alabama, Robinson was considered at one point as a potential top-5 selection. Evaluators aren't as high on him anymore and question whether he has the necessary balance and technique to deal with top edge rushers. Still, his size (6-foot-6, 322 pounds), strength and high-level experience could still make him the top offensive lineman selected. He does have some off-the-field baggage, stemming from a drug and gun-related arrest while at Alabama.

John Ross, Washington, WR: Ross grabbed everybody's attention when he broke a record by clocking a 4.22 40-yard dash time at the NFL scouting combine. However, he's more than just a deep threat, having caught 81 balls and scored 17 touchdowns for the Huskies last season. He's a prolific return man as well. Ross, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, might not be on the board when the Ravens pick at 16.

Mike Williams, Clemson, WR: Widely viewed as the top receiver in the draft, Williams is a physical freak at 6-4 and 220 pounds. He caught 10 touchdown passes last year and averaged just under 14 yards per reception while making a series of highlight reel catches. Some evaluators question whether Williams will have trouble getting separation in the NFL, but his physical tools are tantalizing.


Tim Williams, Alabama, OLB: Nobody doubts Williams' pass-rushing ability. He had 19½ sacks over the past two seasons for Alabama, using tremendous speed and explosiveness off the edge. However, there are questions about how he'll grasp NFL defenses, and Williams also has had several off-the-field issues. Williams admitted at the scouting combine that he's failed multiple drug tests.

Chris Wormley, Michigan, DE/DT: One of many Wolverines who will get drafted, Wormley was a three-year starter and Michigan's top defensive lineman the past two seasons. The 6-5, 298-pound defensive lineman had 12 ½ sacks over the past two seasons. He'll likely have to get a little stronger to consistently play inside.

DeAngelo Yancey, Purdue, WR: The Ravens have reportedly done a lot of homework on Yancey who is an under-the-radar in the prospect, largely because of Purdue's lack of success. Yancey caught 49 balls for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns last year and was a third team All-Big 10 selection. He'll likely be a late-round pick.