Ravens' draft update: Scouting the nation

OWINGS MILLS -- Which highly-regarded blue-chip defensive tackle are the Baltimore Ravens taking a close look at today? An NFL source has told Ravens Insider that the Ravens are paying particular attention to a certain first-day prospect. Please keep reading for further details

The Ravens have been shadowing big North Carolina State defensive tackle Demarcus Tyler at his Pro Day today, watching the Senior Bowl standout for progress from "The Tank." Here's a Scout TV feature on Tyler from the NFL scouting combine and a profile with links to articles from his days with the Wolfpack: http://nflexperts.scout.com/2/621726.html Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 306 40: 5.29
Position: DT
Date of Birth: 2/14/1985
Class: Senior
High School: E E Smith HS
(Fayetteville, NC)
College: North Carolina State
2007 Scout.com NFL Draft Rankings (full list): Pos: DT Pos Rank: #6 Pos Rating:
Biography: Three-year starter who totaled 49/8.5/3 as a senior after 41/4.5/2 the prior season.
Positives:
Explosive, dominating interior lineman who takes over games when focused. Solid athlete who displays lateral movement skills, keeps his feet moving on contact and drives blockers off the ball. Plays with good lean and possesses top overall body strength.
Negatives:
Must develop more moves as he tends to solely lower his head and bull-rush opponents off the ball. Marginal skills as a pass rusher. Does not chase hard to get involved in the action.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.

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