Ravens: 3 undrafted free agents who could make the 53-man roster

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3. Nate McCrary, RB, Ravens

Nate McCrary is your prototypical undrafted rookie. An unheralded prospect out of Division-II Saginaw Valley State, McCrary didn’t post historic numbers in college nor did he dominate testing drills at his pro day.

But in a run-heavy Ravens offense, McCrary has a chance to stick around.

J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards are the obvious top duo while third-year pro Justice Hill was expected to be the primary backup behind them.

However, Hill’s role with the team might not be as solidified as expected.

The former fourth-round pick struggled in Saturday’s preseason opener rushing for just eight yards on five carries. Meanwhile, his competition made the most of their opportunities.

McCrary led the team with a pristine 6.2 yards-per-carry average rushing for 31 yards on five carries. Meanwhile, Ty’Son Williams, an undrafted rookie last season, added 41 yards on the ground and 23 yards in the air.

Williams and McCrary outperformed Hill, and there’s a chance they could end up passing him on the depth chart when all is said and done. Williams might have the edge, but don’t count out McCrary.

The undrafted rookie is well built at 6-foot, 213 pounds and he has the breakaway speed to excel in Baltimore’s offense.

He’s still a longshot, but Nate McCrary does have a path to the 53-man roster if he continues to excel.