OWINGS MILLS -- Preparing contingency plans in case they're unable to land one of the top defensive backs in the draft like Troy's Leodis McKelvin, the Baltimore Ravens are hosting Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick for one of their official visits.
Scandrick is graded as a third or fourth-round prospect whose stock is rising since recording the second-fastest time in the 40-yard dash among defensive backs at the NFL scouting combine with a 4.32 clocking.
"I feel that I have a great upside," Scandrick told reporters. "Genetics, I guess. It was hard work, but I have always been fast."
The Ravens hold the 99th selection overall, a third-round compensatory draft pick for losing All-Pro linebacker Adalius Thomas in free agency a year ago to the New England Patriots.
Scandrick declared for the draft following a junior season where he intercepted two passes and recorded 50 tackles.
At 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, Scandrick has eye-catching speed. However, he had thumb surgery prior to the Fiesta Bowl and needs to demonstrate better consistency and instincts.
He draws high marks for his tackling, special-teams skills as a return man and blocking kicks.
A three-year starter, Scandrick recorded 142 career tackles, four interceptions and 24 pass deflections.
The Ravens had a scout in attendance at Boise State's Pro Day last month where they also evaluated left tackle Ryan Clady, a 6-6, 311-pounder expected to go within the top 15 picks. Baltimore holds the eighth overall selection.
Clady ran the 40-yard dash in 5.16 seconds and posted a 31-inch vertical leap after not being able to complete his combine workout due to a strained pectoral muscle.
Clady has excelled at left tackle for two years after lining up at right tackle as a freshman.
"That helps just to be versatile," Clady said at the scouting combine. "That really helps. The biggest part is everyone in the NFL is bigger, stronger, and faster. I think I'm the best tackle in the draft."
Michigan senior left tackle Jake Long would beg to differ. He's already in negotiations with the Miami Dolphins to be the top overall pick in the draft, as is Ohio State outside linebacker/defensive end Vernon Gholston.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.
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