Baltimore Ravens Undrafted Free Agents: Tracking the Latest Signings
The NFL draft may be over, but the Baltimore Ravens aren't remotely finished with adding new players. Undrafted free agency has officially begun, with the hundreds of players not selected in the draft's seven rounds heading to new teams.
Here, we'll track every undrafted rookie signing the Ravens make in the hours and days after the draft and see where he may fit in the team's 2013 plans.
TE Matt Furstenburg, Maryland
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun has confirmed that the Baltimore Ravens have signed rookie free-agent tight end Matt Furstenburg of Maryland.
Furstenburg caught 16 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in 2012 and ran a 4.62 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine (per NFL.com). The Ravens will likely prize him for his blocking skills, considering they have two pass-catchers already on the roster in Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson.
RB Ray Holley, Louisiana Tech
The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reports that the Baltimore Ravens have signed undrafted rookie free-agent running back Ray Holley of Louisiana Tech.
Holley rushed 142 times in 2012 for 740 yards and seven scores and also caught 34 passes for 324 yards and an additional touchdown. He'll likely be the team's practice squad running back if he sticks on the roster.
TE Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Ole Miss tight end Murphy Holloway is among the Baltimore Ravens' undrafted free-agent signings.
Well, tight end is the assumption. Holloway was a basketball player for Ole Miss who is now trying his hand in the NFL. At 6'7" and 240 pounds, Holloway should find some niche for his athleticism in Baltimore.
DB Brynden Trawick, Troy
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports the Baltimore Ravens have signed undrafted free-agent rookie defensive back Brynden Trawick from Troy.
Trawick had three interceptions in 2012 and will help boost Baltimore's secondary depth and potentially contribute on special teams, where they love to have safeties and corners doing their rookie-season tackling.
OLB Brandon Copeland, Penn
The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson has confirmed the Baltimore Ravens have signed undrafted rookie free agent Brandon Copeland, an outside linebacker from Penn and Baltimore-area native.
Copeland won All-Ivy honors three times. In his career, he's played 39 games with 20 starts over the past two seasons. He has 160 total career tackles including 26.5 for a loss, 11 sacks, four passes broken up, four forced fumbles, an interception, a touchdown and a safety. Indeed, he was productive.
The question is whether his success in the Ivies can translate to the NFL. At the very least, the local product could help boost the Ravens' rather paltry linebacker depth.
OT Rogers Gaines, Tennessee State
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun confirms that the Baltimore Ravens have signed undrafted free agent offensive lineman Rogers Gaines from Tennessee State.
Gaines is a beast—he's 6'7" and 320 pounds—but he's raw, coming from a smaller school. He has technique issues to work on but he could be quite dominant in the NFL in time. He's quick for his size but needs to be a better pass protector.
WR Gerrard Sheppard, Towson
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun confirms that the Baltimore Ravens have signed undrafted rookie free agent Gerrard Sheppard from Towson.
Sheppard spent the last two seasons at Towson after transferring from Connecticut. He has the ideal combination of size, speed and sure hands but needs to prove his productivity in the NFL after playing for a weak offense like Towson's.
In nine games in 2012, Sheppard had 30 receptions for 310 yards and three scores.
QB/WR Trent Steelman, Army
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Baltimore Ravens have signed undrafted free agent former Army quarterback Trent Steelman.
At Army, Steelman did a lot more running than he did passing. He rushed 241 times for 1,248 yards and 17 touchdowns while passing just 90 times, with 43 completions for 667 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
For the Ravens, Steelman will be a hybrid-style player capable of both receiving and running the ball. He'll need development as a receiver, of course, but his sheer athleticism might make him a project worth working on.
QB Nathan Stanley, Southeastern Louisiana
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun confirms the Baltimore Ravens have signed former Southeastern Louisiana undrafted free agent quarterback Nathan Stanley.
Stanley is likely just a camp arm who has an outside shot to land on Baltimore's practice squad. He completed 177 of his 327 pass attempts in 2012 for 1,952 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions and was sacked 17 times.
CB Moe Lee, Utah
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun confirms that the Baltimore Ravens have signed undrafted free agent Utah cornerback Moe Lee.
Lee is rather fast, running a 4.59 40-yard dash at his pro day, but at 191 pounds he managed only two bench press reps, indicating that he needs to add some strength to his skill set. If Lee can contribute on special teams he may stick around.
Lee had 35 combined tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2012.
DB Jose Cheeseborough, Florida International
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Baltimore Ravens have signed undrafted free agent defensive back Jose Cheeseborough from Florida International.
Cheeseborough provides the Ravens with depth in the secondary. He had 54 tackles, an interception and five passes defensed in 2012. He'll need to stand out on special teams to remain with the Ravens.
OL Jordan Devey, Memphis
Devey was a junior college transfer who ended up starting at guard for Memphis for both seasons he was there. DraftInsider.net describes him as being nasty and tough but lacking in speed and size. His biggest strength is the fact that he can play multiple positions on the offensive line. For this reason, he may be worth the Ravens' developmental energy.