The Baltimore Ravens held a private workout with University of North Carolina DE Robert Quinn, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Quinn, who did not play in 2010 due to off-the-field issues, is projected to be a top ten pick in the 2011 NFL Draft later this month. Why the Ravens are looking at a player who will surely be off the board by the time that Baltimore selects at #26 in the first round is unclear. However, if the team is looking to trade up and take Quinn, then they would have a huge piece of the puzzle that has been missing on their team.
Quinn is arguably the most complete player in this year's draft. His rare combination of size (6'4", 265 pounds) and speed (4.57 40-yard dash) makes the former Tar Heel the prototypical defensive end who can be that speed rushing complement to Terrell Suggs. The addition of a player who could pressure the opposing QB would change the way opponents attack the Ravens defense and automatically improve the value of the secondary and make the current cornerbacks look better in coverage.
Of course, trading up to get Quinn would be a major move for the Ravens, as they would have to virtually mortgage their draft future in order to swap enough picks for the right to grab Quinn from a bunch of other teams that are salivating in hopes of him dropping to them in the draft that starts on April 28th. If the Ravens can pull this one off, their fans will be thrilled to see Quinn dressed in purple and black, making lives miserable for enemy quarterbacks.