OWINGS MILLS - When the NFL draft ended, the Baltimore Ravens had just four cornerbacks on their roster.
The Ravens typically keep five or six. What that means: The undrafted free agent cornerbacks Baltimore signed have a good opportunity.
The Ravens signed four undrafted free agent cornerbacks - Sammy Seamster from Middle Tennessee State, Avery Patterson from Oregon, Deji Olatoye from North Carolina A&T and Tramain Jacobs from Texas A&M.
All four competed in Baltimore's rookie minicamp last week and will each try to make their case for a roster spot during the next three months.
"It's interesting," coach John Harbaugh said. "When you have a need at a position, and you don't draft a guy, the interest from the undrafted free agents is pretty high. The same could be said for the offensive line. Both those positions are really well stocked with the rookie free agents."
Seamster only started 10 games during his career at Middle Tennessee State, but he has good size (6-foot, 200 pounds) and ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at his pro day, an above-average time.
Patterson is smaller (5-8, 191) and played free safety his last two years at Oregon, but he was a productive player on one of the best teams in college football. He had three interceptions as a junior in 2012 and then 80 tackles and three interceptions last season.
Jacobs played for Texas A&M last two seasons after transferring there from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Olatoye started his college career at Colorado, where he played in the same secondary as 2011 Ravens first-round pick Jimmy Smith. He transferred to North Carolina A&T in 2011 and played the last two seasons. He has good size at 6-1, 198 and had five interceptions the last two years.
"We have three big, long guys that we signed, and those guys have looked good," Harbaugh said. They're fast. They're all low 4.4s [in the 40-yard dash]. They have long arms. They have pretty good hips, good feet, [and] all of them have good ball skills, so I think our scouts did a really good job of finding those guys.
"And then Patterson from Oregon, he's not as big, but he has really good feet."
Baltimore may eventually sign a veteran corner to compete with the undrafted rookies and to possibly push Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson for the third cornerback job. But for now, those four undrafted players are competing for a roster spot (and possibly two).