Ravens host Jimmy Kennedy

OWINGS MILLS – Now that massive Penn State defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy apparently has his weight under control, his football future has solidified, too. Projected by several analysts among the top defenders available in the NFL draft, the 6-foot-4, 322-pound Kennedy visited the Baltimore Ravens' training complex on Thursday. Dressed for his job interview in a gray suit, Kennedy met with Ravens personnel, including defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and defensive line coach Rex Ryan.

The Ravens had already interviewed him at the scouting combine and attended his personal workout on the Penn State campus in State College, Pa.

As a senior with the Nittany Lions, Kennedy commanded constant double-team blocking attention, but still col-lected 87 tackles and 5 ½ sacks.

"Yes, he was very impressive and came in and did a nice job," Nolan said. "We have a lot of exposure to him. I thought Rex and he hit it off well as far as a coach and a player."

As a freshman five years ago, Kennedy reported at more than 400 pounds and had to be redshirted. Five years later, Kennedy is being lauded for his quickness and weight room strength.

The chief criticisms tagged to him are his past tendency of fluctuating weight and not staying low enough at the line of scrimmage.

Kennedy has been linked with several teams drafting within the first 10 picks, in-cluding the Chicago Bears (No. 4), the Dallas Cowboys (No. 5) and the Minnesota Vikings (No. 7). The Ravens hold the 10th overall selection.

"He's a very good player and we would be fortunate if he fell to our spot," Nolan said. "He might be there and if he is, hopefully, if he's the guy, I'm sure he'll help us."

NOTES: Wide receiver Frank Sanders was scheduled to fly to Baltimore on Thursday evening to sign his con-tract and has a press conference scheduled for Friday morning. … Friday marks the league deadline for franchises to submit offer sheets on restricted free agents.


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