Muhammad Wilkerson visits, Ravens work out Brooks Reed, Ricky Elmore

Street Talk Muhammad Wilkerson visits, Ravens work out Brooks Reed, Ricky Elmore

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OWINGS MILLS — Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will conclude his official visit with the Baltimore Ravens today.

The Ravens have displayed strong interest in Wilkerson during the draft process with scouting executives Joe Hortiz and George Kokinis attending his Pro Day workout.

He also conducted a private workout for the Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

Wilkerson has also met with the New Orleans Saints and has upcoming visits with the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans.

Wilkerson is one of the fastest-rising draft prospects, leaving behind the sleeper category and emerging as a first-round commodity expected to go in the second half of the first round.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder from Linden, N.J., was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection last season as he recorded 70 tackles, 13 for losses and 10 sacks last season and was named the Owls’ Defensive Most Valuable Player.

As a sophomore, Wilkerson started every game and registered 58 tackles and six sacks.

Wilkerson played tight end and defensive end in high school and was also a highly-ranked power forward on the basketball court.

Meanwhile, the Ravens conducted a private workout Monday with University of Arizona defensive end-outside linebackers Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore.

Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano and a Baltimore linebackers coach ran the workout and had dinner with the pass rushing tandem Sunday night.

Initially regarded as a second-round draft selection, Reed is now entering the first-round conversation and has been linked to the Green Bay Packers’ 32nd overall selection in recent mock drafts.

Elmore led the Pac-10 Conference in sacks for the past two seasons, piling up 21 1/2 sacks over the past two years.

As a senior, Elmore registered 11 sacks to finish eighth in the nation.

Reed has been drawing comparisons to Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews for reasons beyond having long blond hair.

Reed had the top 10-yard split among all defensive linemen with a 1.54 clocking. Like Matthews, he’s also regarded as a former Pac-10 player who moved up considerably as a senior.

Reed had a sprained ankle during his junior season.

The nearly 6-foot-3, 263-pounder recorded 47 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks and 10 tackles for losses last season.

For his career, the All-Pac 10 Conference selection registered 17 sacks.

At the NFL scouting combine, Reed ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times. He also posted a 30 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 9-5 broad jump.

Elmore previously conducted a private workout for Miami Dolphins linebackers coach Bill Sheridan.

During the Wildcats’ campus Pro Day workout, Elmore worked out for more than 28 scouts.

Elmore ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 and 4.81 seconds, running 10-yard dashes of 1.65 and 1.65 seconds.

The 6-foot-4, 257-pounder registered a 9-7 broad jump and a 34 1/2 inch vertical leap.

Elmore did defensive line and linebacker drills for Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen and had a lunch meeting with Cullen afterward.

He played in the East-West Shrine all-star game.

As a junior, Elmore posted 44 tackles, 11 1/2 for losses, 10 1/2 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Elmore interviewed with 20 teams at the NFL scouting combine.

He has been training with former NFL linebacker Clay Matthews Sr., the father of Green Bay Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews.

Elmore recorded 128 career tackles, 34 for losses, 25 1/2 sacks, one interception and four pass deflections.

Reed posted 114 tackles, 25 for losses, 17 sacks and five pass deflections.


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Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors.  More from Aaron Wilson


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