Tuesday, in all the commotion and anticipation of the schedule release, the Ravens were hard at work preparing for the season. The Ravens held their local prospect day, where the team gets to check out players from the geographic area. An invitation-only workout for players from Maryland colleges and high schools, the Ravens got a chance to bring players in without it counting against the 30 total visits they are allowed before the draft.
Players like Matt Robinson, Stefon Diggs, Adrian Coxson and Deon Long could be seen running around and being evaluated. Just last year, the Ravens drafted Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro based in part of his performance at their local prospect day. Players are looking to hopefully continue on that note this year.
"It was a good workout, and coach Harbaugh said I looked good," Coxson said. "We ran routes and did position drills. I think, overall, I made a good impression. I think they saw that I could run routes and catch the football."
Coxson is one of the local players to see his draft stock rise recently based on an incredible Pro Day workout. The former Terp ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds and has seen private workouts for the New York Giants, Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs.
While few of the players in attendance will likely hear their name on draft day, the workout was still packed with players that can go anywhere from the first round all the way through to being undrafted. Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith was invited by the NFL to attend the NFL Draft in Chicago, usually meaning that they expect him to be a top selection. Stefon Diggs is graded around the third round as is Penn State safety Adrian Amos. Ryan Delair and Tye Smith of Towson are earning some mid-to-late round looks.
The Ravens are one of the best teams at utilizing these workouts to determine if players should be drafted or should be signed afterwards. With Baltimore's list of undrafted players that have reached excellence within the organization, many of these players are hoping to hear their phone ring with Ozzie Newsome on the other end despite likely not being a drafted prospect.