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Rumor Mill: Ravens Adding Undrafted Rookie Free Agents

Baltimore Ravens
02 May 2021, 23:25 GMT+10

Ryan Mink

With the addition of eight draft picks, the Ravens now have 79 players on their roster. That leaves 11 spots to fill with either veteran additions or undrafted rookie free agents.

Baltimore's 2021 draft ended early in the fifth round, which gave the Ravens a head start on calling prospective rookie free agents.

The Ravens have a long track record of hitting on undrafted free agents. They had a 16-year streak of at least one undrafted rookie making the original 53-man roster, which ended last season. Still, quarterback Tyler Huntley joined the team and ended up under center in the playoffs. Undrafted center Trystan Colon-Castillo started two games.

Some of Baltimore's best undrafted free agents include kicker Justin Tucker, fullback Patrick Ricard, inside linebacker Bart Scott, center Mike Flynn and linebacker Jameel McClain.

In 2014, after the Ravens did not draft an offensive tackle, they landed James Hurst, who was a key starter and reserve in Baltimore for six years and is now entering his ninth NFL season (New Orleans). Offensive tackle is one need the Ravens did not fill with their 2021 draft class, and they could look for a top undrafted free agent.

The Ravens do not announce their undrafted rookies until their contracts are signed, but here are the latest reports:

OT Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma

Junior; 6-foot-6, 321 pounds

Ealy was a two-year starter at right tackle at Oklahoma, learning behind Orlando Brown Jr. and Cody Ford in his first two seasons before taking over in 2019.

S Ar'Darious Washington, TCU

R. Sophomore; 5-foot-8, 176 pounds

Washington played alongside one of the draft's top safeties in Trevon Moehrig. Washington is a feisty defender and good tackler who also had a team-high five interceptions in 2019. He could shift to nickel corner as well.

OG Sam Cooper, Merrimack

Senior; 6-foot-2, 305 pounds

Born in Nigeria, Cooper and his family settled in Pennsylvania in 2003. He first went to college at Maine before transferring.

TE Tony Poljan, Virginia

Senior; 6-foot-7, 251 pounds

Poljan posted more than 900 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns over the past two years as a starter. A three-star quarterback recruit, he switched between quarterback and tight end before settling at tight end full-time as a senior. He's new to the position, but has shown natural pass-catching skills and strong in-line blocking.

OT Foster Sarell, Stanford

Junior; 6-foot-6, 318 pounds

Sarell was a five-star recruit coming out of the Seattle area and a two-year starter at right tackle with good size.

RB Nate McCrary, Saginaw Valley

Senior; 6-foot-0, 213 pounds

McCrary played in 11 games and finished with 520 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.

DT Xavier Kelly, Arkansas

Senior; 6-foot-4, 306 pounds

Kelly transferred to Arkansas after spending four years at Clemson. He finished his only season at Arkansas with eight tackles, one sack and two quarterback hurries. He had a strong Pro Day performance.

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