Jensen didn't disappoint scouts, running the 40-yard dash in 5.28 seconds and bench pressing 225 pounds 30 times.
"He's a good athlete," Hortiz said of Jensen. "Good bender, gets to the second level. He can run, smart kid and tough kid."
"I like to consider myself a nasty player who likes to get down and dirty," Jensen said. "I don't necessarily want to hurt people, but I do consider myself kind of a sneaky, dirty player. I think that's something they like."
Jensen arrives with plenty of motivation to justify the Ravens' faith in him. After his days of relative obscurity in Colorado, Jensen is now joining a much bigger stage.
"I still have a lot to prove to step up to that competition and perform to the best of my ability," Jensen said. "I have that little chip on my shoulder because some guys may look at me as a small-school guy and think, 'He hasn't earned his way or proven he can play with the best.' That motivates me that much more."
Ravens' small-school players
The Ravens don't ignore players from smaller colleges and universities. They are willing to invest drafts picks and, in the case of quarterback Joe Flacco, a lot of money. They signed the former Delaware standout to a $120.6 million contract in March. Here's a look at the Super Bowl champions' rookie draft picks from smaller schools as well as the current players on the roster:
2013 rookie draft picks: Defensive tackle Brandon Williams (third round, Missouri Southern); Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard); Offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (Colorado State-Pueblo); Wide receiver Aaron Mellette (Elon).
Veterans: Linebacker D.J. Bryant (James Madison); Linebacker Nigel Carr (Alabama State); Quarterback Joe Flacco (Delaware); Center Gino Gradkowski (Delaware); Cornerback Corey Graham (New Hampshire); Linebacker Adrian Hamilton (Prairie View A&M); Offensive lineman Ramon Harewood (Morehouse); Safety James Ihedigbo (Massachusetts); Cornerback Asa Jackson (Cal Poly); Wide receiver Jacoby Jones (Lane College); Safety Anthony Levine (Tennessee State); Offensive tackle David Mims (Virginia Union); Cornerback Lardarius Webb (Nicholls State).