5 things Baltimore Ravens got right with 53 man roster
4. Finding room for undrafted free agents:
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Before the preseason started, saying the Ravens were going to keep three undrafted free agents would have been an incredibly bold prediction. The Ravens ended up with Janarion Grant, Chris Board and Darious Williams on the active roster. The Ravens had 12 draft picks. This shows how good the Ravens scouting department is, at finding talent deep into the rookie class.
Board made the team because the Ravens needed a little depth at inside linebacker, and he had a phenomenal preseason. Board led the team in tackles and proved to have good instincts. At worst, Board is a good special teams contributor, which made it a good decision for the Ravens to keep him.
We’ve talked about Grant a bit already. It’s hard not to be impressed with Grant. He walked into training camp behind Tim White. Grant beat out White for the punt returner job. Grant showed better decision making on punt returns, and every time he got the ball it was exciting.
The most impressive undrafted free agent climb to the active roster was Darious Williams. Williams came into one of the deepest positions for the Ravens. The stars aligned for him, other defensive backs got hurt and Jimmy Smith got suspended for four games. That doesn’t mean Williams didn’t earn it. Williams played great and he is a very scrappy defensive back.