Baltimore Ravens brought this quarterback in for a pre-draft visit
As the rumors swirl about what the Baltimore Ravens will do at quarterback, they have only brought in two quarterbacks for pre-draft visits. The first name awoke everyone in Anthony Richardson. It at least opened the door of the Ravens moving from Jackson to Richardson.
Then, there is Sean Clifford. Why do the Baltimore Ravens have interest in Sean Clifford?
Baltimore Ravens show interest in Sean Clifford.
Sean Clifford was a five-year starter for the Penn State Nittany Lions. He actually replaced Trace McSorley, so maybe the Ravens have a thing for spending a late-round pick on Penn State quarterbacks. Still, Clifford is expected to be a UDFA and may not even get drafted. That is probably why the Ravens brought him.
For players that late in the NFL draft, the pre-draft visit is almost more about recruitment than it is about getting to know the players. You want to show the player that you have interest, and if you do not draft him then he still has a spot here. You can show him the facilities and explain why this is a spot for a UDFA to make the roster.
This happened with Josh Ross, who went to Baltimore and visited other rivals such as the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bpth teams tried to recruit him as a UDFA, and he eventually chose the Ravens. It shows that these visits work in multiple ways, including getting the prospect excited about a new home.
Clifford does not have great decision making and his accuracy down the field comes and goes. However, scouts rave about him in the meeting rooms. They praise him for his toughness, and he won over the locker room with ease. Clifford was a four-time team captain for Penn State.
When you think about a third string quarterback, you need somebody invested in the team as much as in their own development. The third-string guy will hardly get reps, but when he does, he has to put it all on the line and buy-in. Those traits will keep Sean Clifford employed for a long time.
The Baltmore Ravens probably do not see a future starter, but they see a valued part of the room, and they have interest.