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OWINGS MILLS — Traditionally, the Baltimore Ravens haven’t utilized the NFL supplemental draft as an avenue to acquire prospects.
While next month’s draft might not prove to be the exception to the rule, the Ravens are performing their due diligence just in case.
Along with roughly half of their NFL brethren, the Ravens sent a scouting representative to attend University of Nebraska left offensive tackle Chris Patrick’s campus workout this week, according to his agent, Joe Linta.
Under excessively hot conditions, the 6-foot-4 1/2, 296-pounder bench pressed 225 pounds 31 times, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.3 seconds and turned in a 27-inch vertical leap. Patrick played tackle at Nebraska, but likely projects to guard in the NFL because of his size.
Besides the Ravens, other teams that attended the workout included: the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.
Most scouts project Patrick as a later-round draft choice.
He was originally regarded as a fourth-round selection had he entered the regular draft in April, but, at that time, he was planning to return for his senior year. Patrick hasn’t specified why he changed his mind.
Meanwhile, University of Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver conducted a personal workout for 27 NFL teams Wednesday. He was reportedly clocked between 4.5 and 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash and registered a 33 1/2 vertical leap.
Oliver has already set up meetings with the Falcons and San Diego Chargers and is considered a potential third-round draft pick.
It’s unclear if any Baltimore team officials attended Oliver’s workout, and the Ravens have repeatedly said they’re satisfied with their depth in the secondary.
If any team selects a player in the supplemental draft, it automatically surrenders its pick in that corresponding round in the regular draft next year.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.