One of the great stories of the 2012 preseason for the Baltimore Ravens was the stellar play by undrafted rookie safety Omar Brown.
Coming out of Marshall University, Brown was not a very highly touted draft prospect. In fact, he was relatively unknown and unheard of during the draft process. But once the draft ended in April, the Ravens decided to give Brown a call and offer him a contract.
The decision to sign Brown looked like a genius move, as Brown was one of Baltimore's most effective defensive players during the preseason.
Recovering three fumbles, intercepting a pass and recovering an onside kick looked like more than enough to guarantee a spot for Brown on the final 53-man roster. Adding six tackles to his resume in the Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Rams made it seem like he'd be a contributor to the Ravens defense this season.
Unfortunately for Brown, his chances of making the final roster for the Ravens have come to an end, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
There's still a chance that Brown could return to the Ravens, as he would likely be a candidate to sign with the practice squad. That's contingent on another NFL team not picking him up, which is uncertain right now.
At 5'11", 195 pounds, Brown is not the ideal size for an NFL safety. Of course, size isn't the end-all-be-all in determining a player's potential, but it may come into play when teams consider if they want to sign Brown.
A team may look at Brown's exceptional play in the preseason and think that's enough to sign him.
But if no team signs Brown, there's no reason to believe why the Ravens wouldn't bring him back to Baltimore as a member of the practice squad.
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