Who should the Baltimore Ravens target as a UDFA now that the NFL Draft is over? We give our top ten UDFA prospects that could make sense.
The NFL Draft is officially in the books, and the Baltimore Ravens made out like kings. Patrick Queen, J.K. Dobbins, Devin Duvernay, and Malik Harrison all figure to see the field a good amount next season, and James Proche and Geno Stone look like two of the steals of day three. By all accounts, it was a largely sensational draft by Eric DeCosta and company, and the rich truly got richer.
Even with the draft over, though, the infusion of new talent is not over. Plenty of talented prospects still remain available on the undrafted free agent (UDFA) market, so let’s take a look at ten of the best targets for the Ravens in the UDFA signing period:
Bryce Huff (EDGE, Memphis): The Ravens didn’t draft an edge rusher in the draft, so they figure to take a look at a few in the UDFA portion of the offseason. Bryce Huff showed a knack for getting after the quarterback at Memphis, putting up 6.5 sacks during his senior year. The Ravens love developing mid-late round pass rushers, and while Huff won’t be either of those things, he does have the tools to become a starting-caliber pass rusher in the NFL.
Thaddeus Moss (TE, LSU): A stout blocker with great hands, Moss would make a great addition to the tight end mix and stand out as an obvious candidate to replace Hayden Hurst. He didn’t drop a single pass last year, and his lack of speed and athleticism wouldn’t be too problematic as a third tight end.
Myles Bryant (CB, Washington): Bryant may never become an elite outside corner, but he has the upside to become a stud as a nickel in the slot. With Tavon Young and Jimmy Smith both standing as injury risks, Bryant would stand a chance to push guys like Anthony Averett and Iman Marshall for a roster spot.
Jared Pinkney (TE, Vanderbilt): While perhaps not as talented as Moss, Jared Pinkney is a willing run blocker and a strong receiver at the tight end position. He offers a wide catch radius, good size, and should turn into a strong second-string tight end with the upside of a starter.
Cale Garrett (LB, Missouri): Cale Garrett probably saw any chance of getting drafted go out the door when Missouri’s Pro Day was canceled, as he missed most of his senior season due to a torn pectoral muscle. In those five games, however, he had three interceptions and posted back-to-back 100+ tackle seasons in his sophomore and junior years. Garrett doesn’t have elite athleticism, but he has the tenacity and instincts that scream “Baltimore Raven.” A combine invite, Garrett figures to be a hot commodity on the UDFA market.
Trajan Bandy (CB, Miami): Trajan Bandy is similar to Bryant in that he doesn’t profile as a pure cover corner. But he stands out as a potential toy for Don Martindale, in that he generates turnovers and thrives as a blitzer. The Ravens try to get value out of every roster spot, and while Bandy may never move to the top of the depth chart, he has the skill set to be a valuable special teamer and role player on the defense.
Javelin Guidry (CB, Utah): Javelin Guidry is as raw as they come, but his electric speed is just too enticing to not get a look at. If the Ravens feel they can coach him up, Guidry would be an incredibly helpful piece to help defend some of the AFC teams that assembled track teams over the weekend.
Alex Taylor (OT, South Carolina State): Alex Taylor has some of the best raw tools of any tackle prospect in the draft. Standing 6’8″, 308 pounds, Taylor is a perfect project to put behind Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr., and could turn into something special with the right coaching.
J.J. Taylor (RB, Arizona): The Ravens’ depth chart at running back is now loaded, but Taylor would be worth getting a look at as a kick returner, a role that he thrived at with the Wildcats. He could also push Justice Hill in training camp, and could even make his way into the running back mix if Baltimore deals away Gus Edwards.
Rodrigo Blankenship (K, Georgia): I’m certainly not calling to replace Justin Tucker, but Blankenship stands out as a special teamer who could ride an impressive preseason into becoming a trade candidate, as Kaare Vedvick did a season ago. If he didn’t garner trade interest, the Ravens could try to stash him on the practice squad as insurance in case Tucker misses time.