Rex Ryan, scouts on the prowl at Pro Days

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan takes an active approach to scouting potential draft picks in conjunction with the scouting department. Here's a brief look at what players Ryan and the Ravens have been observing in his travels at various Pro Days:

Ryan was in attendance at Arksansas' Pro Day where highly regarded defensive end Jamaal Anderson (284 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 and 4.80.
He also had a 9-foot-8 long jump, 32½-inch vertical jump, 4.22 short shuttle, 6.88 three-cone drill and 22 bench presses.
Keith Jackson DT Jackson (305 pounds) ran his 40 in 4.85. His father, Keith Jackson, was a first-round pick and played in several Pro Bowls as a tight end.
Chris Houston CB Houston stood on his numbers from the Combine and only did position drills. Meanwhile, Ravens offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel spent a lot of time with Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton at his Pro Day.
Lions head coach Rod Marinelli and offensive coordinator Mike Martz were among the 45 NFL personnel in attendance, along with Ravens QB Neuheisel, Redsksins offensive assistant Jack Burns and Vikings scout Scott Studwell.
Also present were Philadelphia vice president of player personnel Jason Licht, Miami offensive line coach Hudson Houck, Dallas head scout Jeff Ireland, plus three three NFL defensive-line coaches and one NFL linebackers coach. The workout was held indoors on FieldTurf.
Meanwhile, Ryan jetted into Tallahassee, Fla. to attend Florida State's Pro Day.
The main object of attention?
Seminoles do-everything LB Lawrence Timmons. Timmons, who left FSU after his junior season, was hoping to improve on his pedestrian 4.6 40-yard dash time from the NFL Combine. But he reportedly ran a 4.63 on his first attempt and a 4.66 on his second.
Timmons also participated in positional drills and looked good. However, he was obviously struggling to catch his breath in between repetitions, prompting an interesting post-workout exchange.
Timmons' agent, Drew Rosenhaus (notorious for his most famous client, Terrell Owens) assured new Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin that Timmons would "be in shape by minicamp."
RB Lorenzo Booker opted not to run the 40-yard dash after posting a 4.45 at the Combine. He did, however, participate in agility and positional drills. Booker struggled to keep his footing in the agility drills and slipped several times.
He wasn't concerned, joking with the media afterward that quickness was one thing the scouts were not worried about with him.
LB Buster Davis, as usual, provided the quote of the day. When asked if he had a preference on where he played, he joked that "he would play for the moon if he had to."
Coaches from the New England Patriots will be in Tallahassee to work out Timmons and Booker.
Tomlin was the only head coach spotted, but several former FSU players now in the NFL were spotted -- including Ernie Sims and Antonio Cromartie, who both used last year's pro-day to vault themselves into the first round of the NFL draft.
Baltimore was at Texas Christian's Pro Day, too, as part of 20 NFL teams in attendance, including the Patriots, Browns with Jaguars defensive coordinator Dave Campo in the house.
Nine players from TCU worked out. Running back Lonta Hobbs, however, was not among them. Hobbs was a promising player but a knee injury in the 2005 season slowed him down.
Jeff Ballard QB Ballard (6-1¼, 219 pounds) ran a 4.92 40-yard dash with the wind and 5.08 into the wind. He ran 4.49 short shuttle and 7.14 in the cone drill. He also had a 29-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-10 broad jump.
Michael DePriest WR DePriest (5-11 5/8, 185 pounds) ran a 4.43 40-yard dash with the wind and 4.65 against it. He also had a 35-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-4 broad jump. He also ran 4.18 in the short shuttle and 6.98 in the cone drill.
Quentily Harmon WR Harmon (6-0 7/8, 181 pounds) ran a 4.64 40-yard dash with the wind and 4.64 against it. He also had a 30½-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump.
Herbert Taylor OT Taylor (6-3½, 295) stood on his numbers from the Scouting Combine, but he did run 4.55 in the short shuttle and 7.66 in the three-cone drill at the Pro Day. He also did field drills.
Marvin White DB White (6-1½, 195) ran a 4.47 40-yard dash with the wind and 4.62 into the wind. He had a 9-foot-6 broad jump. He also ran 4.39 in the short shuttle and 6.98 the three-cone drill.
Jared Retkofsky LS Retkofsky (6-4 7/8, 258) ran a 5.00 and 4.90 in the 40-yard dash. He also ran 4.64 in the short shuttle and 7.42 cone, had a 30½-inch vertical jump, and an 8-10 broad jump.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.

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