An NFL team meeting with individual players is a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven't met? Yes, they do. It happens all the time, but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
So far, teams have had access to players at the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, the Combine and now pro days. The Ravens met with TCU edge defender Ben Banogu in a private workout and at his pro day. Let's get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 250 pounds
Strengths: Tested very well at the combine and pro day; long and athletic player who moves well is space; has above-average closing speed (ran a 4.62 40-yard dash and had a 7.02 three-cone drill); tackles with strength and power; good spin move.
Areas For Improvement: His pass rushing could use some more tricks, as he can become predictable; does not bend particularly well; needs to be stronger against the run.
Other Notes: Had 18 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and two forced fumbles last season; was named first-team All-Big 12 for the second year in a row); was named the 2017 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year.
Draft Projection: Banogu has the upside NFL teams look for in an edge rusher. His draft target is late-second to mid-third round. He can contribute right away for a NFL team as a situational rusher if he goes to the right system.
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