OWINGS MILLS - Every year, the Baltimore Ravens are looking for the next Bart Scott, Jameel McClain, Mike Flynn or B.J. Sams.
The quest to find good football players doesn't stop when the seventh round of the NFL draft ends.
"Even though we're done collecting players with draft picks, this starts the process of the undrafted college free agents as soon as the draft is over," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Saturday night. "We're putting that process in place right now, working with the coaches. The coaches and the scouts are working together so we can attack that once the draft finishes.
The defending AFC North champions have already hammered out deals with undrafted rookies with coach John Harbaugh, director of college scouting Joe Hortiz, scouts, coaches and other team officials recruiting the players.
Although the deals won't become official until the player passes a physical and signs his contract, the Ravens have agreed to terms with the following 21 players: Kent State center Chris Anzevino, Florida quarterback John Brantley, North Carolina cornerback Charles Brown, Morgan State tight end-H back Lamont Bryant, Mississippi State offensive lineman James Carmon, Illinois offensive lineman Jack Cornell, Clemson fullback Chad Diehl, Georgia fullback Bruce Figgins, Slippery Rock wide receiver Devin Goda, Syracuse wide receiver Dorian Graham, Alabama-Birmingham defensive tackle Elliott Henigan, Baylor defensive tackle Nick Jean-Baptiste, Tennessee fullback-linebacker Austin Johnson, Kent State defensive tackle Ishmaa'ily Kitchen, Clemson offensive lineman Antoine McClain, Alabama offensive lineman Alfred McCullough, Syracuse tight end Nick Provo, Wake Forest safety Chyl Quarles, Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey, Florida wide receiver Deonte Thompson and University of Texas kicker-punter Justin Tucker.
MCKINNIE UPDATE: Veteran left offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie has participated in some of the Ravens' voluntary offseason conditioning program, according to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
"We're in contact with him," Cameron said. "He's been in and out of town. I haven't seen him a lot. All things are positive. We're going to get him back and ready to go It will be nice to have him this offseason. We'll get him for 10 organized team activities and three days of minicamp. Those are the most important things."
McKinnie dealt with conditioning issues last year after ballooning up to 387 pounds during the NFL lockout and was cut by the Minnesota Vikings and then signed by the Ravens. He quickly got down to 360 pounds and started every game for Baltimore.
McKinnie met with Newsome in March in advance of the team picking up a $500,000 roster bonus, pledging to participate in offseason activities and report in good shape.
And coach John Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings that McKinnie was in the same conditioning level where he ended last season.
"He had done a good job," Harbaugh said. "He's been working in the offseason. He's training. He's in the same shape he was in when he left. We want to improve that from now until the start of next season." I'm talking about weight-wise to finish his career the way he wants to finish it and go on with his quality of life, and he's capable of doing it.
"This guy's got good body composition. It's not like he's a big, fat guy. He's a big guy. We still want him to be able to move a little better and get a little quicker. He's committed to that. He's excited about attacking that, and it's a big goal of his."
QUICK HITS: Temple running back Bernard Pierce had a good feeling that the Ravens would select him based on the feedback he got from coaches and team officials during his visit to team headquarters before the draft. "I had a hunch," said Pierce, a third-round draft pick who also visited the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. "I took their word for it, kept my mouth shut and waited. It all worked out in the end." .. Pierce said he's completely healthy now after dealing with hamstring problems and a separated shoulder in college. ... Newsome was noncommittal on whether the Ravens will have three quarterbacks on the roster for the regular season after recently signing former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Curtis Painter. The Ravens signed Painter to a one-year, $615,000 contract after auditioning him, former Ravens starter Kyle Boller and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon. "This time of the year, you've got to have enough arms to be able to go through all through the minicamps," Newsome said. "Having the opportunity to bring in Painter, Kyle and Dennis Dixon, they all did a very good job. We just thought the best fit for us right now was Painter. Whether we end up carrying three quarterbacks, I don't know. Do you put a young guy on the practice squad, try to get him to the practice squad, and keep the third quarterback? Or do you just go with two because you don't want to expose a young player through the waiver process and somebody else claims him. So, that's part of putting together the 53." ... Newsome was complimentary of the drafts of the Ravens' AFC North competitors. The Cleveland Browns drafted Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Alabama cornerback Dre' Kirkpatrick and Wisconsin offensive guard Kevin Zeitler. And the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro and Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams.
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