Day 3 of the NFL Draft has finally come to an end, and completed yet another solid class of rookies. Starting off with the speedster from Oklahoma, Marquise Brown, and finishing with a perfect back up quarterback for the Raven’s offense in Trace McSorley. Baltimore brought in a lot of talent to help Lamar Jackson form himself into a passing threat, and revamped their defensive line with Jaylon Ferguson on the edge and a late round flyer on Daylon Mack from Texas A&M. Ferguson beat Terrell Suggs career record for sacks with 45 and Daylon Mack is a former 5 star defensive tackle that struggled to find a role in the Texas A&M defense. As the last few picks came in, there was still plenty of talent left on the board. Looking through the talent pool of un-drafted free agents can make or break your rookie class and the Ravens were able to grab a few big names. From All American defensive tackles, to star wide receivers, check out who the Ravens have signed in the un-drafted free agent pool.
Gerald Willis III, Defensive Tackle, Miami
Along with Daylon Mack, the Ravens signed Gerald Willis, Defensive Tackle, from Miami. Willis left Miami as a redshirt senior, spending 4 years at the University of Miami. He was projected as a 3rd to 4th round pick, but took a heavy slide into the UDFA waters. At 6’4, 300 Lbs, Gerald is a monster of a man, and was among some of the nations best at getting tackles for loss (18). The Hurricanes were able to finish the year with the 4th best defense in college football, a spot above a defense like Clemson’s. With his production in college, and how well the Miami defense had played, I am more than okay with taking a flyer on Willis.
Jaylen Smith, Wide Receiver, Louisville
Even with Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin being selected in the 2019 Draft, the Ravens were very low at wide receiver. Bringing in Jaylen Smith, one of Lamar Jackson’s favorite targets at Louisville, will make the adjustment for Jackson’s passing easier. At Louisville, Jaylen was a deep threat for the Cardinals passing game, averaging 22.2 yards a catch in 2016, and 16.5 for his career. Smith should already have plenty of chemistry considering they already have worked out together this off season down in Florida.
Antoine Wesley, Wide Receiver, Texas Tech
Texas Tech is known for their “Air Raider offense, and have had plenty of receivers move onto the next level from it. Antoine Wesley was a name I got to see plenty of being a TCU fan, and while keeping up with my local Texas football. He had one of the best single season’s recorded by a Red Raider last year with 1,410 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. At 16 yards a catch, the Ravens were able to sign yet another player with big play potential.
Evan Worthington, Safety, Colorado
Earl Thomas is going to return to himself for the Ravens, but having insurance for him is always important. Worthing is a 6’2 versatile and physical safety, with a good ability to track the ball for turnovers. He brings in the size and speed to be able to cover tight ends and big receivers, and can make moves as a run stopping safety. He can be lost in coverage sometimes, meaning you might see him as a hybrid linebacker until he can be trusted more in coverage. Having one of the best safeties in the game in Earl Thomas should benefit him in his coverage growth, but until then I still love Worthington’s hybrid potential.
L.J Scott, Running Back, Michigan State
Even after signing Mark Ingram in the off season, with the run game that the Baltimore Ravens used last year, you can never have too much talent in the backfield. At 6 foot, 227 pounds, Scott is exactly the kind of hard hitting back the Ravens love. His senior season wasn’t what he hoped for, missing a lot of action due to an ankle injury in the 2nd game of the season. With Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon rounding off our backfield rotation, Scott is going to have to fight for a spot on the 53 man roster, but has vowed to “shock everyone that passed on me.”.
Michael Onuoha, Outside Linebacker Texas A&M Commerce & E.J. Ejiya, Linebacker, North Texas
These next two are prospects that even I really have little information but they are hometown college prospects, and I love me some Texas football. Michael Onuoha is an outside linebacker from Oklahoma and originally went to the University of Oklahoma before transferring to Texas A&M Commerce. The Ravens looked to take another dip in the University of North Texas’ linebacker pool, hoping for better results than they got with Zach Orr, who had to etire early due to injuries. E.J., whose real name is Ejodamen, started his career at the junior college level, and made his way to UNT in 2016. He was a first team All-Conference USA with 121 tackles, 25 of them being for a loss in 2018 (3rd in FBS). After taking hits all across the linebacker position, inside or out, the Ravens could use any sorts of depth going into 2019.