Nov 1, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin (76) against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Baltimore Ravens may not have been very active on the free agent market, but they have more than made up for it with their rookie free agent signings post draft.
The Ravens brought in over 40 players for tryouts at their rookie minicamp, and they wound up signing 15 of those players. Unfortunately, one of the highest priority free agents signed, cornerback Julian Wilson, suffered a broken leg that will end his season prematurely.
Outside of that, most of the players in attendance left quite an impression on the Ravens’ braintrust.
“They’ve all done a really good job,” John Harbaugh told the press as camp wrapped up. “This group of guys is really talented, so they picked it up really well. Good football IQ.” Every single guy we have here could have a really good training camp in the National Football League, and make a run at a career in this league.”
Ultimately, the team only had room to sign 15 players to fill out their 90 man roster, however, so minicamp allowed them to whittle things down a bit. Here is the skinny on the lucky few that passed the test to comprise the latest group of 2015 Baltimore Ravens undrafted free agents signings.
Leon Brown, Guard, Alabama
Oct 18, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Leon Brown (72) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Brown has experience at both guard and tackle, but projects as a guard only in the NFL. He plays the run well, has decent footwork, and gets squared up quickly. Brown has the size and ability to compete for a backup spot, but struggles with athletic defenders and is slow to the second level.
Daniel Brown, Wide Receiver, James Madison
Coming from tiny James Madison, Brown has the size (6’5″, 227 pounds) and speed (4.60 40) of a tight end. The Ravens are suddenly stacked at the position, however, especially in light of John Harbaugh’s comments regarding the team’s willingness to try sixth round pick Darren Waller at the position.
Andrew Bose, Inside Linebacker, Rhode Island
Another tiny school prospect, Bose had a solid pro day performance, recording a 4.71 40, 35″ vertical, 10’2″ broad jump, and 25 reps on the bench. He has demonstrated the ability to drop into coverage and has good hands. Bose should get a look in camp but will have to prove his prowess on special teams to earn a roster spot at a crowded position.
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