Muhammad Wilkerson: ‘It was a great visit’

Street Talk Muhammad Wilkerson: ‘It was a great visit’

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OWINGS MILLS — Minutes before boarding the train back to Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon, Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson said he’d like to return to Baltimore one day as a full-fledged member of the Ravens.

"It was a great visit and I would love to play for them," Wilkerson told in a telephone interview following his official visit to the Ravens’ training complex. "I think they like me. The visit went well."

A first-round draft prospect, Wilkerson met with Ravens coach John Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome and huddled with defensive line coach Clarence Brooks.

"Coach Harbaugh is a great guy, and it was very cool meeting Ozzie," Wilkerson said. "It was a great day for me to meet the top guys and see how they felt about me. I got a tour of the place. That’s one big weight room."

Wilkerson had previously worked out for Brooks at his campus Pro Day workout.

"I’ve heard a lot of good things about coach Brooks," Wilkerson said. "He’s a great person. I’ve seen them play a few times, and they have an outstanding defensive line. It’s a tremendous defense with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. I would love to be a part of that."

Wilkerson has conducted private workouts for the Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs and has met with the New Orleans Saints. He has upcoming visits with the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans.

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.

Wilkerson is regarded as one of the fastest-rising draft prospects, leaving behind the sleeper category and emerging as a first-round commodity.

He’s expected to be picked somewhere in the second half of the first round.

"You never know what’s going to happen," Wilkerson said. "Nobody really knows where they’re going to go. Wherever I go, they’re going to get a talented guy and a hard worker who’s ready to learn and help the team win."


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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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