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Penn State tight end Jesse James worked out for Ravens, sources say

Penn State junior tight end Jesse James worked out for the Ravens, according to sources.

James is a big target at 6-foot-7, 261 pounds who declared early for the draft after three seasons for the Nittany Lions.

He has been projected as a third-round to fourth-round draft target. A true junior, James is 20 years old.

James improved his 40-yard dash to 4.66 and 4.71 seconds at his Pro Day after running a 4.83 at the NFL scouting combine. James bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times at the combine, had a 10-1 broad jump, best among tight ends at the combine, and a 37-inch vertical leap.

He holds the Penn State tight end record with 11 career touchdown catches.

An honorable-mention All-Big Ten Conference selection, he started every game the past two seasons and 31 games for his career.

James finished his career with 78 catches, 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns.

He caught 38 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns last season.

James has positional versatility as a slot receiver and work as an inline tight end and is regarded as a three-down prospect. He has long arms, 33 inches, and big hands, 9 3/8 inches, and had 81 knockdowns and eight touchdown-producins blocks last season after having 98 knockdowns and eight-touchdown producing blocks as a sophomore.

He was a three-time team captain in high school in Glassport, Pa., and was named second-team all-state as a senior.

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