The Ravens went shopping for their rookie class at the Senior Bowl all-star game.
Between the NFL draft and signing undrafted free agents, the Ravens acquired six players who were at the Senior Bowl. That tied the Washington Redskins the second-most of any NFL team, according to Senior Bowl media relations official Patrick Woo. The Indianapolis Colts had the most former Senior Bowl players this year, with eight.
The Ravens' rookie Senior Bowl alums in their include four of their nine draft picks: third-round draft pick Carl Davis (Iowa), fourth-round defensive end-outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (Kentucky), fifth-round offensive guard Robert Myers (Tennessee State) and fifth-round tight end Nick Boyle (Delaware).
The Ravens also agreed to terms with two other Senior Bowl players: undrafted Mississippi State offensive tackle Blaine Clausell and undrafted Louisiana-Monroe punter-kicker Justin Manton.
Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta remarked on the importance of excelling at the Senior Bowl, which is based in Mobile, Ala., and run by former Ravens director of player personnel and Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage, after the Ravens drafted Davis.
"Carl Davis is a guy that dominated at the Senior Bowl," DeCosta said. "And I think a lot of scouts will agree that if you go down to Mobile and dominate for the week and play extremely well in the game, that's a really good sign. And guys that do that, we think have the skills to play at a high level in the NFL, and we think that Carl is one of those guys."