Draft prospect Austin Seferian-Jenkins takes advice from Ozzie Newsome

Harry How

One tight end learns from another.

University of Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins didn't put up the gaudy stats a lot of receiving tight ends during his senior season in 2013.

But his ability to be a factor as a blocker and a receiver earned him plenty of praise from those who named him the winner of the John Mackey Award. Though he hasn't been mentioned in the same breath as North Carolina's Eric Ebron by the mock draft experts, Seferian-Jenkins is an interesting candidate to keep an eye on.

When he received the Mackey Award last week in Baltimore, Seferian-Jenkins was seated next to Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, according to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

"Ozzie sat right next to me and gave me some great advice," Seferian-Jenkins told The Sun. "I wrote it all down and took it all to heart. It was a great opportunity to talk with him. He was a beast as a player and is such an impressive person. I was so happy to be there and really enjoyed myself. You never know with the draft where you might wind up, but the Ravens are a great organization. We'll find out in May."

Seferian-Jenkins, who also played basketball at Washington, could follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas, hardwood standouts that went on to make a bigger name for themselves as tight ends in football.

As of now, it seems he's a projected second-rounder. He could be someone Ravens fans need to keep an eye on.



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