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Ravens scouts at Iowa-Rutgers game

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According to Garrett Stepien of Scarlet Report, Ravens scouts were in Iowa City for the Rutgers-Iowa game.

The Ravens are at this game almost entirely for the purpose of scouting Iowa cornerback Desmond King. King is one of the, if not the best corner in the nation. King had eight interceptions last year, as well as 72 tackles. In Iowa’s game against Purdue, King made 11 tackles. Following his incredible 2015 season, King won the Jim Thorpe award, which is given to the nations top defensive back. King turned down the NFL in favor of one more year at Iowa.

King hasn't pulled in an interception yet this year, but he already has 16 tackles (not including the game against Rutgers). King is the leader of one of the best defenses in the nation, and one that already plays a system very similar to what King will see in the NFL.

The Ravens could also be looking at the two quarterbacks, but especially Iowa’s C.J. Beathard who emerged as a star last year. Beathard is likely a late round pick, who could be a solid backup for Joe Flacco if the Ravens and Ryan Mallett are to part ways.

Iowa tight end George Kittle could also be a player the Ravens are looking at, but the Ravens are loaded at tight end, and adding Kittle wouldn’t make much sense. Keep an eye also on Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell and lineman Sean Welsh. The Ravens struck gold with former Iowa lineman Marshal Yanda, so don’t think the Ravens won’t look to the Hawkeyes for another big guy.

King is clearly the prized player in this game, but not the only one worth looking at.