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.
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!
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
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
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
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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