5 Undrafted Rookie Free Agents Who Could Make Baltimore's 2013 Roster
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Every season after the NFL draft ends, teams hurry to sign the undrafted rookie free agents who still remain available. Teams will give these players an opportunity in training camp to earn a roster spot by Week 1. While many of these players will fall short and likely be cut before the season begins, there are usually one or two guys who manage to stick around with the team.
Here is a look at five players who could find themselves on the Baltimore Ravens roster at the start of the 2013 season.
Undrafted rookie free-agent signings courtesy of NFL.com.
5. Gerrard Sheppard: Wide Receiver
Towson wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard is a local prospect the Ravens signed as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Local prospect Gerrard Sheppard could catch on with the Ravens should he post a strong training camp. The former Towson wide receiver did not post the most stellar numbers during his two years with the team, but an impressive pro day may have led to his signing.
Sheppard's best chance at making the Ravens could be due to the fact that the Ravens have a young and inexperienced group of receivers.
The competition at wide receiver was not increased significantly through the draft. While the Ravens were expected to take a wide receiver in the draft, they did not address their needs at the position until the seventh round.
Sheppard has good height at 6'2" and weighs 215 pounds, making him a big target for any quarterback to throw to. He posted a 4.48 40-yard dash time at his pro day (per NFL.com), putting him in the upper tier of wide receivers who ran the dash at the combine.
Like most prospects, Sheppard will be considered a long shot to make Baltimore's roster, but with good height and size he, could surprise people come training camp.
4. Moe Lee: Cornerback
Utah cornerback Mo Lee signed with the Ravens after this year's draft.
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The Ravens added training camp competition to their secondary with the signing of three undrafted defensive backs. Of these three players, cornerback Moe Lee could find himself at the head of the competition for a spot on Baltimore's roster.
Lee saw significant playing time for the Utah Utes in 2011 and 2012, recording a total of four interceptions and 64 tackles. During his pro day he ran a 4.59 40-yard dash time (per NFLDraftScout.com), a time that would have put him at the back half of prospects to run the dash at the combine.
Unfortunately for Lee, his 2013 season was cut relatively short, as he played in only five games his senior year. He registered 15 tackles over those five games and caught only one interception while defending three passes.
If Lee had gotten more games under his belt during his senior year, perhaps he could have found himself being drafted in one of the later rounds. Baltimore has some good depth at cornerback already, so Lee could be a long shot to make the roster.
However, since Baltimore selected only one cornerback in the draft, Lee's chances may be slightly increased against his other rookie teammates.
3. Murphy Holloway: Tight End
Murphy Holloway played basketball at Ole Miss and will now try to catch on with the Ravens as a tight end.
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At 6'7" and weighing 240 pounds, Holloway possesses great size for a tight end prospect. However, the fact that he hasn't played football since his sophomore year of high school (per Scout.com) could make him a long shot to make the Ravens.
Baltimore currently has four tight ends on its roster, most notably fourth-year veterans Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. While Dickson and Pitta are already locks to be with the Ravens in 2013, should Baltimore choose to carry a third tight end, Holloway could be the guy.
Holloway will have a long way to go in the coming months to prove to the Ravens that he is a viable prospect. The Ravens also signed rookie free agent Matt Furstenburg, who obviously has far more football experience than Holloway, playing four years at Maryland.
With the success former basketball players have had in the NFL in recent years, the former Rebels forward could find himself donning a Ravens uniform when the team breaks camp.
2. Ray Holley: Running Back
Runningback Ray Holley could be an interesting prospect for the Ravens in 2013.
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Former Louisiana Tech running back Ray Holley could find his way into a crowded competition at the position. Holley doesn't possess elite speed, posting a 4.56 40-yard dash time during his pro day (per NFLDraftScout.com). Where he did impress however was in the bench press, recording 27 reps on his pro day, which would have been good for fourth most among running backs at the combine.
Holley posted a fairly strong senior season with the Bulldogs, carrying the ball 142 times for 740 yards and seven touchdowns. He also posed as a good receiving threat out of the backfield, recording a total of 34 receptions for 324 yards and one touchdown.
Holley won't be unseating Ray Rice or Bernard Pierce, but he could take the spot of running back Damien Barry, Lonyae Miller or Anthony Allen. Of those three running backs, Allen is the only one to have seen any carries during his time with Baltimore.
The rookie free agent will face an uphill battle when training camp approaches. With his powerful running style and pass catching abilities, he could break camp as a member of the Ravens.
1. Jordan Devey: Offensive Lineman
Offensive lineman Jordan Devey (left) could find a spot on Baltimore's roster thanks to his great versatility.
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In a quarterback-driven league, you can never have too many offensive linemen. An offensive lineman may be even more more valuable to a team if he can play multiple positions on the line. Former Memphis Tiger Jordan Devey will have to hope his versatility can find him a spot on the Ravens in 2013.
Devey has great size to play in the NFL, standing at 6'7" and weighing 317 pounds. As a freshman, he played every game at left guard in 2009 before switching to left tackle for the 2010 season. Devey was named Offensive Player of the Year by the Memphis Tigers in 2010 and received all-region and all-conference honors in the same season.
During his time in college, Devey saw time at left guard, left tackle and right tackle. The Ravens drafted two offensive lineman in this year's draft, showing a desire to improve at the position. While he may have a tough time finding a spot on Baltimore's roster, Devey's versatility could make him an attractive prospect to the organization.