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Should the Ravens draft Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, count it as a justification of general manager Ozzie Newsome’s “process.”
Newsome constantly harkens back to selecting the best player available, and even though the Ravens’ most-glaring needs might not be at inside linebacker, Weatherspoon could be a good option with the No. 25 pick.
The Ravens also might be interested, considering Weatherspoon confirmed that he had a formal interview scheduled with Baltimore on Saturday night.
Speaking to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine, the talkative Weatherspoon said much of his questioning had to do with the bombastic personality he displayed at the Senior Bowl.
“A lot of [teams] asked if I was putting up a front at the Senior Bowl,” said a smiling Weatherspoon, who said he felt compelled speak up in Mobile, Ala. “I just wanted to loosen everybody up, and it worked because we were all very enthusiastic and played hard.”
Personality is certainly one thing Weatherspoon brings. Stories abound of him lightening things up at Tigers practices by singing pop songs at the top of his lungs.
Even when he was on the podium, Weatherspoon beamed his pearly whites while pausing for pictures with a pushy photographer mid-sentence.
“That’s just my nature. When I was in school, there were always comments on my report cards like ‘talks excessively,’” he laughed. “That’s me. I’ve always been very loquacious, always ready to chitchat.”
But Weatherspoon can contribute so much more.
The 6-foot-1, 241-pounder is a tackling machine, with over 100 his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
He played more in the middle as a junior, where 155 stops went a long way to All-American and All-Big 12 honors, but dropped off to 104 tackles, 14.5 for loss and 4.5 sacks last year as he gained weight to move to the weak side.
Why did the stats drop off?
“A lot of it had to do with us having a new coordinator and me shifting around from the ‘Mike’ to the ‘Will’ and never really getting comfortable,” he said. “I also put on about 12 pounds my senior year and found that I wasn’t moving as fluidly.”
Weatherspoon has since dropped 10 pounds, according to him. He believes he can play both positions, however.
The Ravens may have depth at either of Weatherspoon’s spots, but that doesn’t mean they won’t follow Newsome’s process.
Regardless, the late-first round talent simply wants to play, no matter where.
“I’m not built like most of the highly regarded outside guys, who are in that 6-3 range with long arms,” Weatherspoon said. “But if they want me to play inside and do all the dirty work, then that’s what I’ll do.”