Ravens looking at sleeper tackle

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens are taking a close look at a sleeper offensive lineman. Ravens Insider VIP subscribers keep readin to find out all about it.

OWINGS MILLS — The Baltimore Ravens are bringing in Eastern Michigan offensive tackle T.J. Lang for a visit to their training complex, according to his representatives.

A versatile blocker who may project to offensive guard in the NFL at 6-foot-4, 307 pounds, Lang has been rising on draft boards.

He has also visited the Chicago Bears and scheduled visits with the San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons.

Lang has parlayed a strong performance at the Texas versus the Nation all-star game into growing interest from scouts. He played left tackle in college.

Lang is a three-year starter and a converted defensive tackle who has 5.15 speed in the 40-yard dash. He has drawn high marks for his footwork, strength and aggressiveness, finishing off blocks.

Meanwhile, the Ravens hosted St. Paul's (Va.) cornerback Greg Toler for a visit Thursday.

Toler, a Division II standout who has 4.35 speed, had a private workout for the Ravens on Monday.

"The Ravens told me they hoped they could keep me a secret,"?Toler told Ravens Insider in a telephone interview Thursday night. "I?had a good visit with Ozzie Newsome,?John Harbaugh and?Chuck Pagano.

"I would love to play for the Ravens, but we'll see what happens. I am visiting a little over half the NFL?teams, so I don't know where I'll wind up, but I really liked the Ravens."

Also, the Chicago?Bears signed free agent offensive tackle Orlando Pace.

Pace visited the Ravens and ultimately passed on their offer to sign a three-year, $15 million contract with a team where he may have the opportunity to play his natural left tackle position.

It's believed that the Ravens offered Pace more money than the Bears, but he preferred to remain in the Midwest playing for Lovie Smith and wanted to play left tackle rather than right tackle where he would have lined up in Baltimore. Now, the Ravens will stick with Willie Anderson at right tackle in all likelihood.

NOTES: Strong safety Dawan Landry, who missed 14 games last season with a spinal cord concussion/neck injury, signed his $1.01 million restricted tender. Landry got hurt when he collided with Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis and was carted off the field.

He has been cleared to participate in offseason minicamps after tingling sensations in his neck subsided after several months of rehabilitation. In three NFL?season, the former fifth-round draft pick from Georgia Tech has recorded 162 tackles, five interceptions and four sacks. ...

The Ravens announced that they have promoted personnel assistant Roy Anderson to defensive assistant and hired Matt Weiss as head coaching assistant.

Anderson, 29, was a personnel assistant for the past three years and helped Clarence Brooks with the defensive line last season as well as writing up scouting reports and doing computer research.

"Roy was a big part of what we did last year," Harbaugh said in a statement. "He helped us prepare our coaches and players. He's a bright young coach with a tremendous future."

Weiss, 26, worked as a quality control coach and graduate assistant at Stanford for Harbaugh's brother, former Ravens quarterback Jim Harbaugh.

"Matt has a great football background and has built a tremendous foundation as a coach," Harbaugh said. "He'll be very valuable to our staff and players as we go forward."

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

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