The Ravens have had consistent success through the years unearthing undrafted free agent gems - from Priest Holmes to Bart Scott to Mike Flynn to, more recently, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe, Justin Tucker and Deonte Thompson.
Marques Douglas, Will Demps, Randy Hymes and Albert McClellan are some of Baltimore's other undrafted free agent success stories. With the first full-team practice of training just a couple days away, here are four members of this year's undrafted free agent class who most appear to have a chance to emerge and challenge for roster spots during the next several weeks (listed alphabetically):
CB Moe Lee
Lee was just a part-time starter in college for Utah, and his workout numbers were just average (4.59 40-yard dash), but he more than held his own during rookie minicamp, offseason team activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamp and was singled out for his play last month by Ravens secondary coach Teryl Austin.
Austin called Lee a player that has "really kind of caught my eye."
"He just kind of seems to be around the ball quite a bit," Austin said of Lee. "Now, when that gets into games and real life situations, we will see how that plays out."
Four cornerbacks - Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Corey Graham and Chykie Brown - appear to be locks to make the roster, meaning Lee will be in competition with 2012 fifth-round pick Asa Jackson, veteran Chris Johnson and seventh-round pick Marc Anthony for one of what's likely to be two remaining roster spots at cornerback.
DL Will Pericak
Pericak was a four-year starter at Colorado, an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick each of his final three college seasons and reportedly received the biggest signing bonus ($13,500) among Baltimore's undrafted free agents.
He is considered a long shot to make the Ravens' roster based on Baltimore's depth along the defensive line. But regardless of the odds, Pericak appears to be a player that has impressed through this point of the offseason.
Ravens Pro Bowl defensive Haloti Ngata said last month that Pericak and fellow undrafted free agent defensive lineman Cody Larsen had both done well to that point and that it's "going to be exciting to see them in camp."
Pericak had 62 tackles, six tackles for a loss, two sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior at Colorado last season.
Safety Brynden Trawick
Trawick has good size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. He's a decent athlete, having run a 4.61 in the 40-yard dash and recorded a 36.5 inch vertical jump. He was productive at Troy. And he stood out at times during the early part of the offseason with the Ravens.
Trawick led the Sun Belt with 123 tackles as a junior at Troy in 2011 and had 83 tackles and three interceptions as a senior last year.
Three safeties - Michael Huff, Matt Elam and James Ihedigbo - are considered locks to make the Ravens' roster, but Trawick will compete with Christian Thompson, Omar Brown, Anthony Levine and fellow undrafted free agent Gary Walker for a roster spot.
OLB Meshak Williams
Baltimore may not keep any outside linebackers in addition to Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw and John Simon, but Williams is an intriguing pass rush prospect who had 10.5 sacks as a senior at Kansas State last season.
- Pro Football
- Free Agency
- Moe Lee
- Will Pericak
- Brynden Trawick
- Troy Trojans
- Meshak Williams
- NFL Pro Bowl
- Big 12 Conference
- Kansas State Wildcats
- Bart Scott
- Justin Tucker
- Deonte Thompson
- Omar Brown
- Chykie Brown
- Elvis Dumervil
- Dannell Ellerbe
- Michael Huff
- Chris Johnson (football, cornerback)
- Jameel McClain