There has been a lot of buzz connecting Towson running back Terrance West to his hometown club. Part of that is merely the Ravens doing their due diligence on a prospect from their own backyard, but you have to believe they would jump at the chance to take him when the time is right.
They met with him at the NFL Scouting Combine, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, and he is also attending their local prospect day on Apr. 14.
In addition, West has a close relationship with Ravens running back Bernard Pierce, who has served as a mentor to the draft prospect in recent years according to Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com.
More importantly, the kid is a tremendous running back who is underrated in terms of draft stock because of his lack of competition at the FCS level.
With a great blend of power and speed (and more importantly the ability to translate speed into power), West is a great one-cut runner tailor-made for Gary Kubiak’s zone-running scheme.
Ozzie Newsome isn’t going to draft West just because he’s from the Baltimore area or because Pierce knows him, but those two factors mean that the Ravens have a better read on West than other teams around the league.
That fact in conjunction with his immense talent means that he’s worth keeping an eye on when Day 2 of the draft rolls around.
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