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Utah State LB Bobby Wagner visited the Baltimore Ravens

Utah State middle linebacker Bobby Wagner has visited the Baltimore Ravens. Wagner has also visited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, the Cleveland Browns and an undisclosed NFC North team.

The four-year starter, two-time captain and three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection has several upcoming visits, a total of 15 meetings with NFL teams.

Wagner was voted the Most Outstanding Player on the North squad during the Senior Bowl with seven tackles, one for a loss and an interception and is graded as a solid second-round draft prospect. The 6-foot, 241-pounder made an excellent recovery from a bout with pneumonia that required hospitalization and prevented him from participating in the NFL scouting combine. Wagner ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.47 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout where he also had a 39 1/2 inch vertical leap and an 11-foot broad jump.

He bench pressed 25 pounds 24 times, also registering a 7.09 in the three-cone drill and an 11.72 in the 60-yard shuttle.

The Eagles, Ravens and St. Louis Rams all sent linebackers coaches to Wagner's Pro Day. Wagner recorded a career-high 147 tackles as a senior with four sacks and two interceptions. Wagner has started at all three linebacker positions and is known as an aggressive tackler who's relentless and athletic in pursuit. He had 20 tackles in one game against Louisiana Tech and 18 tackles against Colorado State. Wagner finished his career with 446 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks, 29 1/2 tackles for losses, three fumble recoveries and four interceptions. As a junior, he had 133 tackles, eight for losses, a half-sack and one forced fumble. As a sophomore, Wagner was named all-conference and had 115 tackles, seen for losses, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Ravens meet with guard Brandon Brooks

OWINGS MILLS -- Miami (Ohio) offensive guard Brandon Brooks was one of the biggest snubs as far as not being invited to the NFL scouting combine.

NFL teams have been eager to meet with the imposing blocker, and the 6-foot-5, 346-pounder will take a total of 23 visits. Among his visits: the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts.

Brooks' stock is rising fast in NFL draft circles, so much that some draft analysts have him going as high as the second or third round. Brooks bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times, posted a 32-inch vertical leap and ran the 40-yard dash twice in 4.99 seconds.

He also had an 8-9 broad jump, a 4.54 20-yard shuttle and a 7.37 in the three-cone drill. His 10-yard split was 1.71 seconds. Brooks was all-conference for three consecutive seasons.

He has played both left tackle and left guard, but is expected to play guard in the NFL and played right guard as a senior. A four-year starter, Brooks went from a 290-pound freshman to a solid 346-pounder as a senior. Brooks is regarded as a strong run blocker who needs to cut down on penalties as a pass blocker.

Oregon State DB Brandon Hardin visits Ravens
OWINGS MILLS -- Oregon State defensive back Brandon Hardin has a total of 15 visits and is regarded as a rising draft prospect after being sidelined last season due to undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.

Hardin has visited the Baltimore Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and the Chicago Bears. He has several upcoming visits. Hardin is projected as a third-round or fourth-round draft target by draft analysts. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder played in the East-West Shrine all-star game in January. Hardin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 and 4.40 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout, bench pressing 225 pounds 24 times. That's three more reps than he was doing before the injury.

He also posted a 35 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-4 broad jump. Hardin has played cornerback in the past, but likely projects to safety in the NFL. Besides the shoulder injury, Hardin had a broken hand and a sprained wrist four years ago. As a junior, Hardin had 63 tackles, 12 more on special teams, blocked an extra point and forced three fumbles.

As a sophomore, he had 11 special-teams tackles and intercepted a pass against Arizona State. Hardin was an all-state selection growing up in Hawaii who won a gold medal in the 100 meters at the track and field championships Oregon State DB

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