Baltimore Ravens Undrafted Free-Agents: Need-to-Know Info for Every Signee
Over the past decade, the Ravens have found some gems among those who didn't hear their names called during the draft, including All-Pro linebacker Bart Scott, All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker and Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes.
The best of the bunch can be debated, but Tucker can make a good case after this past year when he became the first NFL kicker to kick a field goal in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s in the same game, which was an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.
He did all this after going undrafted out of Texas in 2012.
Scott can also make a good case as the franchise's best undrafted free agent of all time after making the 2006 All-Pro team. He went undrafted out of Southern Illinois in 2006 but when on to play in the NFL for 10 years with the Ravens and New York Jets.
Who will the next undrafted star be for the Ravens? Keep track here to see whom they sign now that the draft is over.
Did Ravens Find New Punter in Richie Leone?
The Baltimore Ravens may have found their future punter in Richie Leone out of Houston.
A Ray Guy award semifinalist in 2013, Richie Leone averaged 43.1 yards per punt and had 14 punts of more than 50 yards and four of more than 60 yards last year.
Leone also handled punts, kickoffs and field goals for most of last season for the Cougars.
As for the current Ravens punter, Sam Koch, this could be bad news. Koch ranked 13th in net punting average in the 2013 NFL season.
He's set to make $2.8 million in 2014, which is the eighth-highest salary of any NFL punter. If Leone does well during the preseason, Baltimore may be willing to go with him and cut Koch to save money.
Ravens Grab UT-Martin WR Jeremy Butler
The 6'2", 224-pound Butler caught 90 passes for 1,203 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior this past season.
At his school's pro day, Butler ran the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds and had a 36-inch vertical jump and a 9'6" broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.22 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.19 seconds and notched 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Butler is a big, physical WR who can could earn a spot on the Ravens roster as a nice redzone target, but he'll need to do well on special teams as well, as he'd likely be the sixth or seventh WR on the team if he did make the 53-man roster.
Ravens Nab Oregon CB Avery Patterson
After not drafting a cornerback in the NFL draft, the Ravens signed one of the best to go undrafted in Oregon's Avery Patterson.
While doubling as a safety and corner over his career for the Ducks, Patterson registered 198 career tackles, including 114 solos, 21 pass deflections, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns.
He's got a great chance to earn a spot with the Ravens as a cornerback with a good showing in the preseason.
Baltimore Adds Texas A&M CB Tramain Jacobs
Tramain Jacobs played in 26 games in two seasons with the Aggies after two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Now, he's reportedly joining the Baltimore Ravens.
He recorded 55 tackles, 39 solos, two interceptions and 13 pass deflections during his time with the Aggies.
The Ravens need help at cornerback, so Jacobs will have a good chance to showcase his abilities in training camp.
Temple DT Levi Brown Signed by Ravens
The Ravens continue to bolster their defensive line depth by adding Temple defensive tackle Levi Brown.
The 6'2", 310-pound tackle played in 43 games for the Owls, finishing his career with 72 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
He was a team captain last season and notched 17 tackles, two of which were for losses. Brown visited the New York Giants prior to the draft.
As a junior in 2012, Brown notched 28 tackles, 3.5 for losses, and a half-sack while starting eight of 11 games at nose tackle.
North Texas LB Zach Orr Joining Ravens
The Ravens are reportedly bringing in North Texas inside linebacker Zach Orr, who finished with 365 career tackles, tied for third all-time at North Texas.
This past season, Orr registered a career-high 123 tackles, the fifth most in school history. He also led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss and fumbles recovered with four.
The 6'1", 240-pounder is a bit undersized to play inside linebacker at the NFL level, but he can overcome that deficit easier playing in a 3-4 defense like the Ravens run.
He'll compete with Xavius Boyd to earn a spot on the Ravens' roster, but it's unlikely both of them make the 53-man roster this year.
Ravens Add Oklahoma State OT Parker Graham
The Ravens failed to draft an offensive tackle in the draft, but signed another one in undrafted free agency in the form of Oklahoma State's Parker Graham.
A massive man with a 6'7", 317-pound frame, Parker was named to the 2013 First-Team All-Big 12 team by the AP and coaches.
A 3-time academic All-Big 12 honoree, Parker started the first five games of 2013 season at left tackle before moving to right guard for the final eight games.
With his versatility and NFL measurables, Parker will have a great chance to earn a roster spot with the Ravens with their lack of depth at offensive tackle.
Baltimore Nabs Middle Tennessee State CB Sammy Seamster
The Ravens were surprisingly quiet in the draft when it came to addressing their lack of depth in the defensive backfield.
With just four corners signed to the current roster, that seemed like a position Baltimore would spend at least on draft pick on, but they never did.
However, they've reportedly signed a quality undrafted cornerback in Middle Tennessee State's Sammy Seamster.
This past season, Seamster recorded 33 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Until the Ravens add other corners to the roster, Seamster will have a great chance to earn a spot on the roster if he does well in training camp and in the preseason.
Utah State DT A.J. Pataialii Joins the Ravens
The Ravens have been loading up on defensive lineman in the draft and in undrafted free agency. The latest addition comes in the form of Utah State defensive tackle A.J. Pataialii.
The 6'3", 307-pound tackle earned second-team All-Mountain West honors and was named third-team All-Mountain West after registering 42 total tackles (3.5 tackles for loss) and one sack.
He's got a tough task ahead of him to crack the 53-man roster this season with a number of defensive lineman already on the roster to go with the addition of fourth-rounder Brent Urban.
Ravens Sign Western Kentucky LB Xavius Boyd
The Ravens reportedly got one of the best linebackers to not hear his name called during the draft in Western Kentucky outside linebacker Xavius Boyd.
A 6'1", 239-pound bruiser, Boyd was a 4-year starter at outside linebacker for the Hilltoppers while registering 28.5 career tackles for loss.
Boyd finished this past season leading the team in tackles (103), tackles for loss with (15.5), sacks (8.5) and had one forced fumble.
He won the 2013 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year award, and while the Ravens have a number of quality linebackers on their roster, Boyd will make a strong case to be on the opening day 53-man roster.
Michigan RB Fitz Toussaint Will Have a Tryout with Ravens
Former Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint will have a tryout with the Ravens at their rookie camp.
Fitz was a three-year starter with Michigan, and his most memorable season came as a sophomore in 2011 with 1,041 rushing yards. He ran for 514 yards in 2012 before breaking his leg late in the season.
As a senior in 2013, Toussaint rushed for 646 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's got a long battle in front of him to make the Ravens roster if he gets an invite to their training camp.
With Ray Rice, Justin Forsett, Bernard Pierce and now Lorenzo Taliaferro on the roster, he's got an uphill climb to crack the 53-man roster this year.
Virginia Tech DT Derrick Hopkins Signs with Ravens
According to the official Virginia Tech football Twitter page, the Ravens have signed former Hokies defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins.
The 6'0", 312-pounder played in 13 games with nine tackles, 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries in 2013.
Hopkins had a more productive 2012 season with 51 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, seven QB hurries and one forced fumble on his way to earning All-ACC honorable mention honors.
Jamie Meder, DT, Ashland
The Ravens added another defensive lineman in the form of Ashland's Jamie Meder. A physically-gifted mauler of a man, Meder spent his college career in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in Division II.
This, after he didn’t qualify academically coming out of Valley Forge High School. That forced him to go the commutity college route before eventually ending up at Ashland.
Meder also played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after the season. He later worked out in front of NFL scouts at Ohio State’s Pro Day.
James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
After a solid senior season, Hurst entered his final collegiate game being touted as a possible first-round pick in this year's draft.
But in the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati. Hurst broke his leg, effectively killing his draft stock before the offseason even began.
I love this pickup for the Ravens, who are in need of depth at offensive tackle, as well as someone to at least challenge Ricky Wagner for the starting right tackle spot.
Jeremiah Taylor, DE, Marshall
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Marshall defensive end Jeremiah Taylor has been invited to the Ravens' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, but hasn't been signed by them yet.
Taylor missed nearly the entire 2013 college football season due to a fracture of the L5 disc in his lower back.
His last healthy season came in 2012, when he registered 54 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses, 5.5 sacks and forced two fumbles.
Ravens Announce 17 Undrafted Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the addition of 17 undrafted free agents. Here are the names not previously mentioned:
Deji Olatoye, CB, North Carolina A&T
Olatoye notched 78 tackles, five interceptions, 18 pass deflection and two fumble recoveries while playing both cornerback and free safety over the past two seasons for North Carolina A&T.
Olatoye is the kind of versatile defensive back the Ravens could use with depth at both safety and cornerback being an issue.
Albany State (Ga.) S Dexter Moody
The Ravens got Moody to agree to a contract after he originally accepted an invitation to try out for the Seattle Seahawks.
The 6'1", 217-pounder had 45 tackles (6.5 for a loss), three interceptions, a forced fumble and a blocked punt this past season with Albany State.
Brett Van Sloten, OT, Iowa
A 6'5", 300 pound tackle out of Iowa, Van Sloten was a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection this past season after starting every game at right tackle for an o-line that allowed a Big Ten-low 15 sacks.
The Ravens need help along the o-line, and Van Sloten will be a name to watch during training camp.
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