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Ravens Insider: The Ravens have hosted a slew of players before the NFL draft. A closer look provides some insight.

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The NFL draft is a little more than two weeks away and the Ravens, like every team around the NFL, have been busy.

Specifically, organizations are allowed to host up to 30 players for in-person visits at their facility ahead of the draft, which will take place April 25-27 in Detroit. These meetings last longer and are more formal than those at the scouting combine or at college all-star games. And they can be telling — Baltimore hosted Zay Flowers on a visit last year before drafting him 22nd overall — or perhaps simply subterfuge.

Often, though, they do provide at least some insight into what teams are thinking when it comes to players or positions they are targeting, something general manager Eric DeCosta is expected to address during the team’s annual predraft news conference Tuesday in Owings Mills. With the Ravens owning nine picks in this year’s draft, it could also be a fruitful haul.

Here is a look at the players who have been confirmed to have or reportedly visited with Baltimore thus far:

Troy Fautanu, Washington, offensive tackle

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah ranks the quick-footed 6-foot-4, 317-pound Joe Moore Award winner given to the nation’s top offensive lineman as the 12th best player on his board, so it’s possible that Fautanu would still be around when the Ravens draft at No. 30. He is an enticing prospect and has starting experience at tackle and guard, positions Baltimore has openings for after losing both starting guards in free agency and trading right tackle Morgan Moses.

Chop Robinson, Penn State, edge rusher

A Maryland native who starred at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, the 6-3, 254-pound edge rusher is fast (4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash) and twitchy but had relatively modest outputs for the Nittany Lions. In three seasons, including one at Maryland in 2021, Robinson had 60 career tackles, including 20 for loss, and 11 1/2 sacks. His best season with Penn State was in 2022 when he had 10 tackles for loss, 5 1/2 sacks, two passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Xavier Worthy, Texas, wide receiver

The Ravens need to bolster their wide receiver corps with the group thin behind Rashod Bateman, Zay Flowers and Nelson Agholor, and Worthy is a burner, having tied John Ross’ 40-yard dash record with a time of 4.21 seconds at the scouting combine. Though slight at 165 pounds, Worthy had career-highs in catches (75) and receiving yards (1,014) last season and could be an option for Baltimore with the 62nd pick. Worthy also becomes intriguing if the Ravens decline to pick up the fifth-year option on Bateman, a decision they must make by May 2.

Malachi Corley, Kentucky, wide receiver

At 5-11 and 215 pounds, Corley has drawn comparison to the San Francisco 49ers’ do-everything star Deebo Samuel from NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein. At Western Kentucky, he played mostly in the slot and in motion, had good explosiveness and yards-after-the-catch skills, though his route-running isn’t viewed as top tier. Still, he put up impressive numbers with 259 catches for 3,303 yards and 29 touchdowns over 49 career games and could be an interesting fit in the Ravens’ redesigned offense, especially with new kickoff rules and kick returner-wide receiver Devin Duvernay having departed in free agency. He currently projects as a mid-to-late second-round pick.

Qwan’Tez Stiggers, Canadian Football League, cornerback

Stiggers’ story is the stuff of heartbreak and Hollywood: His father died after a car accident and Stiggers walked away from Division II Lane College in 2020 before ever playing, started driving for DoorDash and washing trucks, eventually landed with the semipro, seven-on-seven Fan Controlled Football League the following year, then with the Toronto Argonauts, where he had 53 tackles and five interceptions in 16 games en route to being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie Award. Twenty-nine NFL teams sent representatives to his pro day last month and the 5-11, 204-pound corner didn’t disappoint with a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, 36.5-inch vertical and broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches.

Marshall running back Rasheen Ali makes his way into the end zone to score in the first quarter. The visiting Thundering Herd played the Navy Midshipmen in NCAA Football at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Saturday, September 4, 2021. (Paul W. Gillespie/Staff)
Marshall running back Rasheen Ali was the Football Bowl Subdivision leader in touchdowns with 25 as a redshirt freshman in 2021. (Paul W. Gillespie/Staff)

Rasheen Ali, Marshall, running back

The Ravens have their lead back after signing Derrick Henry, but they could use some depth at the position with only Justice Hill and Keaton Mitchell — who’s coming off a torn ACL and likely won’t be ready to play until late in the year — behind him. Enter the 5-11, 206-pound Ali, who could be this year’s version of Mitchell as an undrafted free agent who is a shifty runner. Ali was the Football Bowl Subdivision leader in touchdowns with 25 as a redshirt freshman in 2021, rushing for 1,401 yards on 250 carries, but took time away from the Thundering Heard the following season before bouncing back with 1,135 yards and 15 touchdowns on 212 carries last year.

Theo Johnson, Penn State, tight end

The one position the Ravens mostly don’t need to worry about is tight end, with Mark Andrews, Isaiah Likely and Charlie Kolar their top three tight ends (though they could use an in-line blocker). But they will have to start thinking about Andrews’ future soon as he enters his age 29 season this year. At 6-6 and 259 pounds, Johnson looks the part. In four years at Penn State, he had 77 catches, including 32 last season, for 938 yards and 12 touchdowns in 44 games. ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller also believes Johnson’s stock is on the rise as a Day 2 pick and possibly the third tight end drafted. “There’s such an appetite for that wide tight end, that big, nasty, in-line tight end who does a great job in the middle of the field,” Miller said. “No, you’re not flexing them out and asking them to play wide receiver, but they’re super-reliable players.”

Travis Glover, Georgia State, offensive tackle

A five-year starter with 4,164 career snaps, experience at both tackle positions and five sacks and 24 pressures the past two years, the 6-6, 317-pound Glover could be an intriguing late-round option for the Ravens. He ranked 29th among all tackles in Pro Football Focus’ pass-blocking grades, had his best season as a run blocker last year, per PFF, and a strong showing at the Hula Bowl landed him a late invite to the Senior Bowl.

Khristian Boyd, Northern Iowa, defensive tackle

The Ravens enjoy finding talent from small schools and Boyd would be another example. Projected to be a late-round pick, the 6-4, 317-pound 24-year-old is a project but could be something of a sleeper, giving depth behind Justin Madubuike, Broderick Washington and Travis Jones. His 38 reps on bench press during his pro day would’ve ranked second at the scouting combine, and his stock has been on the rise since a strong performance at the Shrine Bowl.

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"We like to say that this group is maybe a little different from the past groups," Maryland junior left tackle Delmar "DJ" Glaze said. "We're willing to come in and not worry about what happened previously."
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Maryland’s Delmar Glaze’s physical attributes make him a potentially interesting Day 3 option as a swing tackle. (Nick Wass/AP)

Delmar Glaze, Maryland, offensive tackle

With three starting spots needed to be filled on the offensive line, the Ravens will likely draft multiple linemen as part of their rebuild up front. Maryland isn’t known for producing top-tier linemen, but Glaze’s physical attributes make him a potentially interesting Day 3 option as a swing tackle, given he has a nearly 7-foot wingspan and is 6-4 and 327 pounds.

Trey Taylor, Air Force, safety

The cousin of former Ravens safety and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ed Reed, Taylor won last season’s Jim Thorpe Award, given to college football’s top defensive back. A first-team All-Mountain West selection, Taylor had 71 tackles, three interceptions, including one that he returned for a touchdown, and four passes defensed last season. A 6-foot, 210-pound three-year starter for the Falcons, he had six career interceptions, projects as a sixth- or seventh-round pick and could give Baltimore some needed depth after the free agent departure of Geno Stone.

NFL draft

Round 1: Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m.

Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.

Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 27, noon

TV: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network

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