Penn's Brandon Copeland signs with Ravens

Brandon Copeland. (Penn football)
Brandon Copeland. (Penn football)
Posted: April 30, 2013

Penn captain Brandon Copeland grew up in the Baltimore area and was a fan of the Super Bowl champion Ravens. Now he will get a chance to make the team he grew up following.

Copeland signed as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens shortly after the end of Saturday's NFL draft.

At nearly 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, Copeland was a defensive lineman for Penn, but he said he would compete as a linebacker. Rookie camp begins this weekend.

He hopes to become the second member of his family to play for a franchise in Baltimore.

His grandfather, Roy Hilton, played 11 seasons in the NFL as a defensive lineman, nine with the Baltimore Colts (who have since moved to Indianapolis).

"The Ravens have been my team since day one and I couldn't be happier with this opportunity," Copeland said in a telephone interview.

Copeland opened eyes at a workout at Villanova when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds. He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 30 times.

Those figures no doubt factored in the decision to have him play linebacker.

"They said they like me at middle linebacker and I am excited for it," he said. "Learning a new position will make this journey that much more interesting."

Copeland said he began receiving calls from the Ravens during the seventh and final round of Saturday's draft.

He said he understands the difficulty of making a team as an undrafted free agent but is certainly up for the challenge.

"There will be a bunch of talent, but I am confident in myself and hopefully I will get the chance to show what I can do," he said. "My goal is to pick up everything fast and impress them every time I step on the field."


Contact Marc Narducci at mnarducci@phillynews.com. Follow @sjnard on Twitter.

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