Ravens rookie minicamp primer
Ravens rookies have been at the Under Armour Performance Center all week, going through light, walk-through practices, taking part in meetings and starting to acclimate themselves to the ways of the NFL.
On Friday, that process will accelerate with the official start of a three-day rookie minicamp. For the organization's top draft picks, a group headed by linebacker C.J. Mosley, the minicamp is a good opportunity to learn the system, gain a familiarity with the way the Ravens do things and develop a rapport with position coaches. For undrafted free agents and tryout players, it is the first -- and in some cases only -- chance to impress team officials and prove worthy of a roster spot.
Here are beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec's five storylines to watch:
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What undrafted free agents will shine?( Liz Condo / Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports / September 7, 2013 )
At least one undrafted free agent has made the Ravens' regular-season roster every year under Harbaugh and a case could be made that the team's top rookies the past two seasons have been undrafted guys in kicker Justin Tucker and wide receiver Marlon Brown.
The Ravens take the recruitment of undrafted free agents very seriously and love unearthing gems that other teams miss out on. Who will emerge from this year's class?
Offensive tackle James Hurst started 48 games in four seasons at North Carolina and was viewed as a potential early-round pick before he broke his leg during a bowl game in December. Virginia Tech defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins had 165 career tackles for the Hokies and was given the biggest bonus in the undrafted free agent class. The Ravens have only four veteran cornerbacks, which bodes well for Middle Tennessee State's Sammy Seamster (above) and Oregon's Avery Patterson, two of the four undrafted defensive backs that the Ravens signed.