The Ravens have been working on their undrafted rookie free agent class for months, but they couldn't start signing players until after the draft ended yesterday. They'll get their first look at their undrafted free agent class later this week at the rookie minicamp.
Many names have already come out, and more will surface in the days ahead. However, none of the deals are final until players pass their physicals and officially sign their contracts. Every year, the reported undrafted free agent class looks quite different than the one that is actually on the field for the rookie minicamp.
Deals fall through. Some of the rookies are given an opportunity to try out, but they're not actually signed. Some players get cold feet or change their minds. Already, there have been at least a dozen rookie free agents who have reportedly signed deals with the Ravens. That, of course, is impossible, given the team doesn't have that many roster spots available after adding an 11-man draft class.
Below is a preliminary look at several unofficial members of their undrafted free agent class, along with the names of players who are scheduled to be at the minicamp on a tryout basis. Again, none of these deals are official and the Ravens likely won't announce their signings until later this week.
The names below have either been confirmed with agents, announced by college athletic programs or reported elsewhere.
Jarell Broxton, OG, Baylor: A Gaithersburg resident, the 6-foot-5, 325-pound guard was a two-year starter for the Bears after transferring from junior college. He was an all Big-12 first-team selection and helped the Bears to the nation's No. 2-ranked rushing offense. He got a $10,000 signing bonus.
Anthony Fabiano, OG, Harvard: Fabiano (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) had a significant foot injury that prematurely ended his final season with the Crimson and likely contributed to him going undrafted. However, the former tight end has a nice combination of athleticism, toughness and smarts.
Cavellis Luckett, LB , Middle Tennessee State: The inside linebacker started all 13 games last season and had 72 tackles, five tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. He played two seasons at Middle Tennessee State after transferring from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He got a $2,500 signing bonus.
Wil Lutz, K/P, Georgia State: A Georgia native, Lutz was Georgia State's placekicker for four seasons and also punted for the team as a senior. He is the school's career leader in field goals, extra points and points, and owns the top career punting average, too. He hit three field goals of 50 yards or longer and was 31-of-46 on field-goal attempts in his college career.
OJ Mau, DT, Gardner Webb: An American Samoa native, Mau was a three-time FCS All-American at Gardner Webb. The 6-foot-1, 310-pound defensive lineman had 60 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 4 ½ sacks last season. He was a three-year starter.
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Stephane Nembot, OT, Colorado: Nembot is a raw offensive line prospect who didn't play football until he was a junior in high school and began playing offensive line as a redshirt freshman at Colorado. At 6-foot-6, 322 pounds, he plays both right and left tackle. He was born in Cameroon and speaks three languages and 11 African dialects.
Victor Ochi, OLB, Stony Brook: He is Stony Brook's all-time leader with 33 ½ sacks and hoped to be the first football player from the school to be drafted. The 6-foot-1, 246 pound outside linebacker was the CAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year after leading the FCS with 13 sacks. He is an athletic, physical player who plays with an edge.
Mario Ojemudia, DE/OLB, Michigan: Ojemudia will join former Wolverines teammate and Ravens fourth-round pick Willie Henry in going from Jim Harbaugh to John Harbaugh. He started just seven games in college and had a season-ending Achilles' injury last October against Maryland. He had 19 tackles and two sacks in five games. Some evaluators believe he's a better fit at inside linebacker in the NFL.
Michael Pierce, DT, Samford: The Tulane transfer started 11 games in his senior season and finished with 35 tackles, including five for loss, and one sack. He started 22 games over his final two seasons at Samford. He is 6-foot, 309 pounds and squatted a school-record 725 pounds.
Donovan Riley, CB, Virginia Tech: The Poly grad reportedly received an invitation to the Ravens' camp. At Virginia Tech, he played cornerback and safety, mostly as a reserve. His career highlight was a an interception return for touchdown to wrap up an upset of Ohio State.
Matt Skura, C, Duke: Skura was the Blue Devils starting center for three seasons, and made a couple of All-American teams as a senior. He also was a two-time All-ACC performer, and he played 900 or more snaps in each of his last three seasons. He got a $7,500 signing bonus.
Potential tryout players: Daniel Adams, WR, Saint Francis; Chris Highland, LS, Illinois State; Ryan Keiser, S, Penn State; Robert Kitching, DT, Massaschusetts; Evan McKelvey, DE/OLB, Marshall; Kyle Nolan, QB, Georgetown; Trevon Pendleton, FB, Michigan State; Taybor Pepper, LS, Michigan State; John Robertson, QB Villanova; Solomon St. Pierre, WR Sioux Falls