The NFL yesterday released the list of attendees for the scouting combine this month and it included several players with local ties. Not only did four University of Maryland players – outside linebacker/defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson, defensive back Sean Davis and kicker Brad Craddock – garner invites to Indianapolis for the weeklong workouts for draft-eligible players, but so did three other prospects from the Baltimore area. Oklahoma defensive end Charles Tapper (City College), Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones (Gilman) and Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller (Good Counsel, born in Baltimore) will all look to improve their draft stock at the combine. I’d imagine you’ll hear Jones and Fuller connected to the Ravens often during the pre-draft process, especially with the team in the market for cornerbacks.
One Maryland-area college player who did not get the invite to the combine is Navy’s record-setting quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds is trying to make the transition from a college quarterback to an NFL running back or wide receiver, but he won’t get the opportunity to show the strides that he’s made in Indianapolis. He was invited to the East-West Shrine game but a back injury didn’t allow him to participate in the game.
The Ravens are used to losing a boatload of players once free agency begins, but this offseason won’t feel as drastic. The Ravens have only 11 unrestricted free agents, a low number by league standards. Only eight teams have fewer, according to a list compiled by Pro Football Talk.
There are a host of ex-Ravens due to hit the unrestricted free agent market on March 9. That list includes: Jason Babin (Arizona Cardinals), Chris Chester (Atlanta Falcons), Gino Gradkowski (Falcons), Rolando McClain (Dallas Cowboys), Haloti Ngata (Detroit Lions), James Ihedigbo (Lions), Josh Wilson (Lions), Bernard Pierce (Jacksonville Jaguars), Cassius Vaughn (San Diego Chargers), Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers), Bobby Rainey (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and Cary Williams (Washington Redskins).
As for another former Raven, running back Anthony Allen, who made his biggest impact as the lead blocker for return man Jacoby Jones during the Ravens’ Super Bowl-winning season in 2012, was signed yesterday by the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Allen has carved out a nice little career for himself in the CFL, gaining a total of 1,818 all-purpose yards and scoring 11 touchdowns over the past two seasons for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Hostler named Colts TE coach
Former Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler was appointed the Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Thursday. Hostler had been working with the Colts wide receivers.