5 rookie UDFAs most likely to stick with the Baltimore Ravens long-term

The Baltimore Ravens rookie UDFAs will not make the 53-man roster, but plenty of them should be back for the 2024 season
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Malik Hamm, Baltimore Ravens

3. Malik Hamm should be in the Baltimore Ravens plans

Malik Hamm was another rookie UDFA who surprised many when he sat in the preseason finale. Hamm has been behind Jeremiah Moon on the edge depth chart, and Moon has 42 special teams snaps, while Hamm has just two snaps. So, of the two, Moon will make the roster, and Hamm will get cut.

However, the odds of Hamm slipping back to the practice squad are high. Hamm was excellent in his NFL debut. He had multiple pressures, showcased a few pass-rushing moves, and even dropped into coverage, showing he can be depth behind the injured Tyus Bowser. Moon will fill the backup role behind Bowser, and then Hamm will be third behind that. Considering Boswer may miss the start of the season, Moon could make the active roster, and Hamm may get called up a few times early into the year.

However, his inability to play special teams may be what limits him to the practice squad. At the same time, it is what locks him on the Ravens for the long term. Teams that claim a player have to keep him active on their gameday roster. It would be hard for a team to activate a player that they just added on waivers without special teams ability. Especially a UDFA pass rusher who is valued for his particular set of skills. So, Hamm will get cut, but he should be back and may get a call-up or two along the way.