Report: Ravens Work Out Two 1st Rounders

Temple DE Wilkerson and Arizona OLB Reed are two fast-rising pass rushers.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, March 28th, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Categories: 2011 NFL Draft, Ryan Mink

The Ravens reportedly got a good look at a couple fast-rising first-round pass rushers Monday.
 
The National Football Post reports that Baltimore sent Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano and a linebackers coach to Arizona to see Wildcats pass rushers Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore.
 
NFP also reports that the Ravens are meeting with Temple defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson today, following an earlier pro day visit from Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz and Senior Personnel Assistant George Kokinis.
 
Reed has seen his stock rise in mock drafts from the second round to the back end of the first. ESPN’s Todd McShay recently called him “one of the most underrated prospects in this draft.”
 
He recorded 17 sacks over his final three years at college and has drawn comparisons to Green Bay pass rusher Clay Matthews. Like Matthews, Reed is shooting up boards following a standout combine performance, hails from the Pac-10 and has long blonde locks. He’s a high-effort, quality intangibles player.
 
Wilkerson has also been skyrocketing as of late. He has been labeled a bit raw by some, including NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan, and played against some weaker competition at Temple. But there’s massive upside, athletic potential and production. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has him going at No. 24 in his latest mock draft, saying Wilkerson was “all but unblockable last season.”
 
The 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior could play defensive end in a 3-4 or defensive tackle in a 4-3. He recorded 70 tackles, including 13 for loss and 10 sacks last season and has an explosive first step.
 
Elmore, who projects more as a third- or fourth-rounder, was eighth in the nation with 11 sacks last season. He had 21 ½ sacks over the past two seasons.

Check out their YouTube highlights: Reed | Wilkerson

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