OWINGS MILLS — Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton has visited the Baltimore Ravensâ€™ training complex, according to his agent.
The senior passer met with the Ravens at the Senior Bowl, NFL scouting combine, a campus workout attended by offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Rick Neuheisel and during a recent official prospect visit at the teamâ€™s headquarters, agent Drew Rosenhaus said Wednesday.
â€œDrew really loved meeting the Ravens organization, and itâ€™s a good relationship,â€ Rosenhaus said. â€œI would love for him to eventually be their quarterback in a tandem with my running back, Willis McGahee.â€
Stanton is a classic pocket passer at 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, but has also flashed 4.72 speed in the 40-yard dash.
His arm strength, size and mobility are regarded as strengths along with a fundamentally sound, over-the-top delivery, but his decision-making and field vision have drawn mixed reviews.
Stanton is a three-year starter who made the All-Big Ten Conference team as a junior when he completed 66.7 percent of his throws. However, he slumped to 61 percent accuracy as a senior for 1,807 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Confidence became an issue during the regular season, but Stanton seems to have gotten back on track during the postseason circuit.
â€œSeveral teams are very high on Drew,â€ Rosenhaus said. â€œThe Ravens are one of them.â€
Meanwhile, the Ravens had University of Pittsburgh quarterback Tyler Palko in for a visit Wednesday, according to his agent.
Palko lacks ideal size and arm strength at 6-1 1/2, 215 pounds, and only has 4.88 speed. Regarded as a second-day prospect, the left-handed senior is known for his leadership and decision-making.
A three-year starter, Palko completed 68.3 percent of his throws for 2,871 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. He registered a career-high 3,067 passing yards as a sophomore.
â€œTyler is the consummate pro, heâ€™s extremely serious and heâ€™s the son of a Pennsylvania high school football coach,â€ said Ralph Cindrich, Palkoâ€™s agent, who also represents Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, the Heisman Trophy winner who visited the Ravens earlier this month. â€œHeâ€™s been a leader and a competitor all his life. He’s very dedicated and he knows this game inside and out.
â€œIâ€™ve always thought with Baltimore and Brian Billick that they look for a guy whoâ€™s not going to lose the game for you because they already have so many pieces in place. Tyler fits into any system that requires the quarterback to be a little bit sharper.â€
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland