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INDIANAPOLIS — Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts during the season, is the epicenter of the NFL universe this week.

That’s where representatives from all 32 NFL teams started arriving Monday for the league’s annual scouting combine, where more than 300 invited draft-eligible prospects will be poked, prodded and undergo a litany of tests and interviews ranging from the 40-yard dash to comprehensive mental and medical examinations. The brain trust for each team will also meet with the media throughout the week.

For the Ravens, general manager Eric DeCosta and coach John Harbaugh will speak Tuesday morning at 10:30 and 11:15, respectively, and there is no shortage of questions they will be faced with in what is one of the more important weeks of the year.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Schedule of events and TV info (NFL Network)

Thursday: Defensive linemen, linebackers (3-8:30 p.m.)

Friday: Defensive backs, tight ends (3-8:30 p.m.)

Saturday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs (1-8:30 p.m.)

Sunday: Offensive linemen (1-4:30 p.m.)

Maryland players to watch

In all, there are 18 players from three local schools who are draft-eligible. Just four — all from Maryland — have been invited to the scouting combine.

Defensive backs Beau Brade and Tarheeb Still and offensive linemen Gottlieb Ayedze and Delmar Glaze make up the Terps’ contingent.

Maryland defensive back Beau Brade lines up against Towson in the first half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
Former Maryland and River Hill safety Beau Brade will perform at this week’s NFL scouting combine. (Steve Ruark/AP)

Brade, an All-Big Ten team honorable mention selection this past season, team captain and former River Hill standout, led Maryland in tackles (75), had six pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception. Still, a second-team All-Big Ten selection, tied for sixth nationally in interceptions (five), was fourth on the team in tackles (45), and had two tackles for loss and two pass breakups.

Ayedze, who is from Germantown and starred at Northwest High then Frostburg, started the final 10 games of the year at right tackle and was the sixth-highest rated pass blocking tackle in the Big Ten (over 500 snaps), according to Pro Football Focus, with a 76.5 grade. Glaze was a third-team All-Big Ten selection this past season, honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2022 and started every game at left tackle in 2023.

Possible Ravens targets to watch

Other than tight end and quarterback, the Ravens have needs just about everywhere. Here’s a look at some of the players and positions they could target in the first round with the 30th overall pick as well as later on. For more on their draft needs and positions they’ll have their eye on during the combine, click here.

Defensive ends — Missouri’s Darius Robinson, UCLA’s Laiatu Latu: At 6 feet, 5 inches and 286 pounds, Robinson fits the mold of Ravens pass rushers. Latu could be gone by the time Baltimore picks at No. 30 after being one of the better pass rushers in the country last season with 13 sacks and 49 tackles, 21 1/2 of which were for a loss.

Offensive tackles — Georgia’s Amarius Mims, Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton, Arizona’s Jordan Morgan: With Ronnie Stanley and Morgan Moses plagued by injuries last season and both getting older, it would be a good idea to draft their tackle(s) of the future. Mims and Guyton are physical freaks, while Morgan, who could play guard or tackle, boasts the kind of versatility the Ravens crave.

Guard — Kansas State’s Cooper Bebe: With the Ravens not extending the contract of Kevin Zeiter, it seems they are ready to move on from the veteran right guard. Despite being selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time this season, the soon-to-be 34-year-old was plagued by knee and quad injuries. Bebe, who switched between tackle spots and played left guard for the Wildcats last season, again fits the bill of versatility.

Georgia defensive back Kamari Lassiter (3) is shown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee Martin Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
At 6 feet and 180 pounds, Georgia defensive back Kamari Lassiter has excellent size along with strong ball skills that would fit well with the Ravens. (John Bazemore/AP)

Cornerbacks — Georgia’s Kamari Lassiter, Missouri’s Ennis Rakestraw Jr.: DeCosta is fond of saying the Ravens can never have too many cornerbacks. It’s also a position with a lot of uncertainty and lack of depth, given a handful of free agents on the Ravens roster. At 6 feet and 180 pounds, Lassiter has excellent size along with strong ball skills, and Rakestraw (6 feet, 188 pounds) is similar along with featuring excellent speed.

Wide receivers — Oregon’s Troy Franklin, Florida State’s Keon Coleman: At 6-3 and 6-4, respectively, either player would give quarterback Lamar Jackson big targets opposite Zay Flowers. Franklin is explosive, while Coleman could play in a variety of positions given he is 215 pounds.

Running backs — Michigan’s Blake Corum, Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen, Tennessee’s Jaylen Wright: None of these backs figures to go in the first round but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad running back class, according to ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller. The connection to Corum is obvious, given he played for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan and played his high school ball at St. Frances, and he has good all-around skills that could thrive in Todd Monken’s offense. Allen, meanwhile, is a physical back who is less dynamic, while Wright is a speedster.

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