INDIANAPOLIS --  North Carolina linebacker Kevin Reddick met with Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino here at the NFL scouting combine, and he indicated it was a productive talk.

With Ray Lewis retiring, Dannell Ellerbe an unrestricted free agent and Jameel McClain still not cleared to resume playing football after suffering a spinal cord contusion in December, the Ravens could use some new blood at inside linebacker.


"It was a good meeting," Reddick said. "As soon as we sat down, we talked football. I definitely feel like that would be a fit. To replace a great linebacker, that would be a great fit. We drawed up plays. [Monachino] showed me their defense and then came back and made me draw back to show what I knew."

Reddick is a four-year starter who was named all-conference as a senior when he recorded 85 tackles, 18 1/2 for losses and 6 1/2 sacks last season.

He's graded as a third-round to fourth-round draft target.

"I love football," said Reddick, who expects to run the 40-yard dash in the 4.6 range Monday. "I love being nasty. I love being a student of the game. I'm smart and physical and nasty. I might not have all the speed, but my instincts kind of make up for it. I watch Brian Urlacher, Patrick Willis and Ray Leiws and try to take something from each of their games."

A native of New Bern, N.C., Reddick said he knows Ellerbe, a fellow North Carolina native.

"He's a great player," Reddick said. "It would be spectacular to learn from him."

The Ravens met twice with Ohio State linebacker John Simon at the Senior Bowl.

"They do sound interested, and I'm interested in Baltimore," Simon said. "They run a 3-4 defense, so I would imagine they want me at an outside linebacker position."


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