Ravens beat writer Aaron Wilson talks about the local college football players invited to the team's prospect day. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Maryland linebacker Matt Robinson felt like he was still playing for the Terps as he scanned the field Tuesday while auditioning for the Ravens during their local prospect day.
A heavy contingent of Maryland players worked out for the Ravens at their training complex in Owings Mills, including Robinson, former Towson High standout linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil, wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, linebacker Cole Farrand and center Sal Conaboy.
The invitation-only workout for players from Maryland colleges and high schools also included a pair of former Terps: Stony Brook wide receiver Adrian Coxson, a former blue-chip recruit from City, and Delaware linebacker David Mackall, an Edmondson graduate.
"It was pretty cool seeing everyone, it felt like a big Maryland convention," said Robinson, a former all-state selection at Atholton. "It was a nice showing. It felt like high school football a little, too. I saw like 20 guys I played with in the Crab Bowl all-star game from high school. It definitely felt like old times."
The Ravens had the players go through positional drills to gauge their athleticism and football skills. A year ago, the Ravens drafted Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro in the seventh round after the River Hill graduate performed well in their local prospect day.
Coxson is hoping he left a similar impression on the Ravens, including coach John Harbaugh.
"It was a good workout, and coach Harbaugh said I looked good," Coxson said. "We ran routes and did position drills. I think, overall, I made a good impression. I think they saw that I could run routes and catch the football."
Coxson is upbeat about his NFL draft stock. He's visited the Kansas City Chiefs and worked out for the New York Giants and New York Jets. Along with several other players who participated in the Ravens' workout, he'll work out at the Washington Redskins' local prospect day Wednesday.
Coxson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 and 4.33 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout, where he also bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times and had a 34-inch vertical leap. He has been training with retired Ravens wide receiver Qadry Ismail for the past few months at The Arena Club in Bel Air.
Coxson signed with Florida out of high school before transferring to Maryland when his father went blind due to diabetes. His father died this year from the disease. Coxson played for the Terps for two seasons, one for former coach Ralph Friedgen. He caught four passes for 90 yards as a redshirt freshman for coach Randy Edsall before deciding to transfer to Stony Brook.
"It's been a long road to get to this point, and I'm hungry," Coxson said. "I took this workout for the Ravens very seriously. I caught the ball very well. I would love to play for my hometown team."
The highest-ranked players that attended the workout were Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith, a former prep All-American at Owings Mills who's been invited to attend the NFL draft in Chicago; Diggs, a potential third-round draft pick; and Penn State safety Adrian Amos. Amos is a former Calvert Hall standout whom draft analysts have ranked anywhere from the third round to the fifth round. He's worked out privately for Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
Towson pass rusher Ryan Delaire and cornerback Tye Smith also worked out for the Ravens on Tuesday. Delaire has drawn middle-round draft grades, and Smith is regarded as a potential late-round draft pick.
The other players that attended the workout included: Prairie View quarterback Jerry Lovelocke (Edmondson), Stony Brook running back Marcus Coker (DeMatha), New Hampshire wide receiver R.J. Harris (Arundel), Bowie State tight end Khari Lee (Western Tech), Kansas safety Cassius Sendish (North Point), Oklahoma State safety Josh Furman (Old Mill), Cal safety Michael Lowe (DeMatha), Western Carolina safety Ace Clark (Clarksburg), Wake Forest wide receiver E.J. Scott (Good Counsel) Kentucky outside linebacker TraVaughn Paschal (Arundel), Virginia wide receiver Darius Jennings (Gilman) and Appalachian State cornerback Joel Ross (Damascus).
The majority of the players that worked out are expected to go undrafted and regarded as priority free agents.