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The Ravens players are gone for the offseason, but the team’s facility will be busy Saturday with prospects hoping to join them in the NFL next year.
The league is putting on a regional scouting combine at the Ravens facility in Owings Mills, giving players a chance to compete in front of NFL scouts. The event is one of eight regional combines around the country, which are being conducted in addition to the national combine in Indianapolis Feb. 22-28.
Players at the regional combines are those who are eligible for the 2012 draft, but are not invited to the national combine. Also, players with some professional experience, but who have been out of the game for a period of time, will be eligible to compete.
A roster of 135 players is scheduled to be in attendance, including local prospects Colin Nelson (CB, Maryland), Keon Lattimore (RB, Maryland), Jazz Morales (S, Towson) and Tyler Wharton (FB, Towson).
Lattimore is the younger brother of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, and he was a 2008 graduate of Maryland. Lattimore spent time with the Cowboys, Jaguars and 49ers before playing in the Southern Indoor Football League last season. Like some of the other players participating in the regional combine, Lattimore is now trying to work his way back into the league.
The event begins at 8 a.m. with defensive workouts, and then the offensive players start at 1:30 p.m.
The regional combine will be smaller, but similar to the national event, as players will perform drills like the 40-yard dash, shuttle run, bench press and vertical jump.
Depending on how the players perform at the regional combines, they may then be invited to attend the Super Regional Combine in Detroit on March 30-31.
In addition to the event Saturday, here is a look at the other dates and locations for the remaining regional combines.
February 18: Tampa Bay (One Buccaneer Place) February 25: New York/New Jersey (Atlantic Health Jets Training Facility) March 3: Chicago (Halas Hall) March 10-11: Atlanta (Atlanta Falcons Training Facility) March 17: Cleveland (Cleveland Browns Training Facility)