2016 NFL Regional Combine: Baltimore Preview (Defense)

By: Barry Barnes, Founder

For the past few years, Baltimore has been fashioned as one of the most dangerous cities in America. When the general public, outside Baltimore, think about the city, the former HBO series, “The Wire,” comes to mind, which depicts Charm City as a haven for drug and murderous activity. And the death of Freddie Gary and riots last spring didn’t help as countless afflictions piled a mountain of despair.

However, the NFL envisions Baltimore as a gold mine.

The NFL Regional Combine continues on to Owings Mills, MD where the sessions will be hosted by the Baltimore Ravens at the Under Armour Performance Center.

The Baltimore location is a melting pot for talents up and down the east coast. Not only because of the athletes of the ACC and Big Ten conferences, but due to the plentiful skilled athletes that resides at the HBCU programs.

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19 players channel through the Baltimore-held workouts to get to the NFL.

However, 10 out of the 96 players who accomplished the feat of competing in the NFL last season ventured through the same assembly.

Tight ends Matt Lengel (Cincinnati Bengals), Jerome Cunningham (New York Giants), Scott Simonson (Carolina Panthers) and Brian Parker (Kansas City Chiefs), linebackers Brandon Copeland (Detroit Lions) and Julian Howsare (New York Jets), offensive lineman Denzelle Good (Indianapolis Colts), defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil (New Orleans Saints), defensive end Lawrence Okoye and defensive back Akeem Davis.

80 defensive athletes (the most thus far this season at one location) will tackle the Ravens’ indoor practice facility Saturday fueled with purpose as their destiny is now in sight.

All things are possible!


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Adams, Quincy – Navy

Baxter, Keith – Marshall University

Chatman, CJ – Walsh

Dagnesses, Brandon – Bryant

Davis III, Eddie – Rowan

Fuentes, Brandon – St. John Fisher

Fulton, Dominique – Chowan

Johnson, Antoine – Eastern Illinois

Lanieri, Philip – Rensselaer Polytech

Middleton, Brynell – Brockport

Moore, Douglas – Virginia Military

Moreland, Phillip – Seton Hill

Morris, Malik – Ithaca

Moss, Douglas – New Hampshire

Nixon, Cortezz – UNC-Charlotte

Pham, Joey – Millersville

Simmons, Malik – North Carolina

Wagner, Torie – University of Charleston, WV

Walker, Christian – Morningside

Watkins, Trey – Morehead State

Agendia, Fonyi – Morgan State

Artis, Marquis – Buffalo State College

Bolduc, Jean-Philippe – Laval, Can.

Brown, Robert – Seton Hill

Charland, Mikael – Concordia University

Cheeseboro, Naim – Stony Brook

Dancel, Zachary – Wake Forest

Dunkley, Michael – Southern Connecticut State

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Edmonds, Lamar – New Hampshire

Holmes, Ardy – Charlotte

Imhotep, Rush – Cornell

Janvier, Pete – Morgan State

Johnson, Malique – Old Dominion

Kearse, Desmond – Newberry

Lindsey, Roderick – Chowan University

Lovett, Shahid – Fairmont State

McMaster, Micah – Greensboro

Moore, Julius – Elon

Oden, Marlon – Notre Dame College, Ohio

Pugh Jr., Eric – Morehead State

Watkins, Denzel – Saint Augustine’s University

Williams, Michael – Lock Haven

Williamson, James – Wesley

Wright, Caleb – Morrisville State

Young, Chavas – Walsh University

Zepeda, Maïko – University of Montréal


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Savage, Michael – West Virginia Wesleyan

Anthony, William – Navy

Barry, Jim – Susquehanna University

Bless, Kevin – Montclair State

Brown, Josh – Montclair State

Gauthier, Shayne – Laval, Can.

Jacques, Austin – Johnson C. Smith

Marshall, Rennel – Emory & Henry

Morgan, Gervell – Central State, Ohio

Thorne, Joshua – Hampton

Wiechelt, Josh – Gannon

Williams, Jarrid – Wagner

Akpunku, Jude – Navy

Beddoe, Troy – Cortland State

Fives III, Gerard – Cornell

Hilliard Gregory – Wagner

Justice, Andrew – American International

Lee, Darius – Fairmont State

Scott, Joel – Morgan State

Steed, Demetrius – American International


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Bennett, Braden – Wesley

Ceresna, Jake – Cortland State

Donald, Trenton – Gannon

Gilchrist, Justin – Fairmont State

Howard, Dez – Buffalo State

Jones, Brandon – Widener

Murray, Cavin – Bowie State

Philip, Denzel – Eastern New Mexico

Rogers, Antwan – Western Connecticut State

Bennett, Tarik – The College at Brockport

Dollard, Christopher – Gannon

Palma, Gregory – Lehigh

Philip, Shakore – Widener

Zeigler, Tayvin – Central State, Ohio

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