Ravens to meet with draft prospects

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OWINGS MILLS -- One of the fastest-rising prospects in the NFL draft is scheduled to visit the Baltimore Ravens next month.

Troy cornerback Leodis McKelvin is set to meet with team officials April 7 at the Ravens' training complex.

"Baltimore has shown a lot of interest in Leodis," Troy strength and conditioning coach Richard Shaughnessy said. "He's a very good football player and an even better person. I think the Ravens would be a great fit for him with the way they play defense up there."

McKelvin also met with the Ravens at the scouting combine and has conducted a private workout for the team's scouting department.

He has been linked to the Ravens' eighth overall pick of the first round in several mock drafts.

At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, McKelvin posted an impressive 4.38 clocking in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

For his career, he intercepted four passes with 173 tackles and 22 pass deflections. He returned seven punts and one kickoff for touchdowns, averaging 23.7 yards per kickoff return and 13.1 yards per punt return.

Meanwhile, Indiana wide receiver James Hardy is also scheduled to visit the Ravens next month.

At 6-6, 217 pounds, Hardy is one of the biggest receivers available.

Hardy ran a 4.47 at the combine, improving his stock after setting school records with 79 catches for 16 touchdowns and 1,125 receiving yards last season for the Hoosiers.

"I try to look at any receiver that's doing good at the next level and take some of the things they do and put it into my game so I can be an overall good receiver," Hardy told reporters at the combine. "I look at Terrell Owens and his abilty and strength. Of course, Randy Moss and Plaxico Burress. I just try to formulate the best possible player I can be.

"I'd definitely say my strength is my ability to go up and use my body to get the ball. I feel my speed, especially at this next level, that's something I'm going to have to work on because everyone is fast. I feel I am the best receiver in this class. Now, I just have to make everyone else feel that way."

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.


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