Ravens to meet with outside linebacker

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OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens have scheduled University of Maine outside linebacker Jovan Belcher for a visit.

In a telephone interview Sunday, Belcher said he's set to visit the Ravens on April 13 and the Cincinnati Bengals on April 15.

He's currently projected as a late-round draft pick or a priority undrafted free agent.

"I love to rush the passer and I love to run around on special teams," Belcher said. "Special teams are a piece of the game that a lot of people don't feel is that important, but it can change the course of the game."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound four-year starter was named Colonial Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year last season when he recorded 93 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks. As a junior, Belcher had 85 tackles and 10 sacks.

For his career, he has 293 tackles, 44 tackles for losses and 18 sacks. An all-conference and All-American selection from Long Island, N.Y., Belcher bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times and posted a 30-inch vertical leap and a 9-6 broad jump at the Hofstra Pro Day workout. His best 40-yard dash time is 4.75 seconds.

Belcher was a high school wrestler who weighed 195 pounds when he enrolled at Maine, where he graduated in 3 1/2 years with a major in child development.

Retired former Ravens starting center Mike Flynn is a Maine football alum, as is safety and special-teams player Daren Stone, who played for Baltimore last season.

"I've had the opportunity to meet Mike Flynn and I've heard a lot about his success and work ethic," Belcher said. "I look forward to following the successful guys from Maine into the NFL. I try to pattern my game after James Harrison from the Steelers. He's a beast."

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

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