Ravens work out Miami tight end Jimmy Graham

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens recently conducted a private workout with University of Miami tight end Jimmy Graham. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron oversaw the workout. Graham is a rangy converted basketball player. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder is like a big wide receiver.

He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds. He registered a 38 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-foot broad jump at the NFL scouting combine. At his Pro Day workout, Graham bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times.

Graham turned down professional basketball opportunities in Europe to try football last season.

In his lone season playing football for the Hurricanes, he caught 17 passes for 213 yards and five touchdowns.

Although he still has a lot of developing to do in terms of technique, Graham is regarded as an aggressive, willing blocker.

His ability to stretch the field as well as how he can operate as an imposing red-zone target are major pluses.

Graham has been projected as a potential second-round or third round draft target.

NOTE: Ravens All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis is set to announce the team's second-round draft pick Friday night in New York, the team announced.

Lewis will be in New York to be honored by the league as one of the top 25 all-time most valuable draft picks.

Will the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year lobby general manager Ozzie Newsome for a cornerback or a pass rusher?

The Ravens currently draft 25th overall in the first round. Their second-round pick is the 57th overall selection.

The Ravens are expected to seek reinforcements on defense as well as target a tight end and a wide receiver in the draft.


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