3 unproven Baltimore Ravens to root for during training camp
Since we don’t get preseason games, we don’t get the preseason standouts for fans to root for. These are three unproven players who you can root for this training camp:
3. Sean Pollard
Sean Pollard is an undrafted free agent out of Clemson. He’s 6-5 and weighs 322 pounds. He’s basically got an offensive tackle build in the middle of the line of scrimmage. Pollard is a project player. His footwork isn’t great, he’s a bit of an awkward athlete too. He doesn’t look like your typical center so he stood out like a thumb when I watched his tape before the NFL Draft. This makes me think that with some coaching he could become a versatile lineman who can play multiple positions. The Ravens have certainly valued versatility before. Bradley Bozeman is a natural center playing left guard. James Hurst had played almost every position on the offensive line for the Ravens during his tenure.
It’s hard to discount Clemson Tigers football players, even the undrafted free agents. You have to be a good football player to even get recruited to Clemson. Dabo Sweeney’s team has won two national championships and is perennially among the best teams in the country. Pollard may not have been a high level prospect, but he was a starter for one of the best offensive line units in college football. There has to be something there. He’s got the long and bulky frame you look for in an offensive guard or tackle and he plays center. He’s from an NCAA powerhouse of a program. There is a lot to be intrigued by here.
Pollard isn’t ready for prime time yet but he is a player the Ravens will want to build up. My best guess is that he will end up on the practice squad. This will probably allow the Ravens to re-assess where they are with him next season. I trust this franchise with offensive linemen, especially late round picks and undrafted free agents. Pollard has a lot to prove but there are a couple good reasons to be interested in what he brings to the table.