Raven’s Rookies report for training camp
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Ravens rookies officially registered for their first training camp on July 20th.
The veterans report from July 27th.
The expectations of this year’s rookie class are high. Some of these players are expected to compete for starting roles:
Wide-angle receiver Rahod Bateman
Analysis: Bateman had already performed excellently in the voluntary workouts and the mandatory mini camp. It belongs to a larger group of wide receivers in search of goals and playing time. Bateman has so far broken up with his route running and ability to catch the ball in traffic. The expectations of the rookie remain high;
Linebacker Odafe Oweh
analysis: Odafe Oweh didn’t manage many sacks in Penn State. That didn’t stop the Ravens from picking the external linebacker in the first round of this year’s NFL draft. Oweh is an exceptional athlete who can make an instant impact in the NFL, said Joe Hortiz, director of college scouting for Ravens. Oweh, 6-foot-5, 251 pounds, is a formidable athlete who ran a 4.37 run in the 40 yard run and made a 39.5 height jump and 134 inch long jump during his pro day. He will fight for a starting role.
Guard Ben Cleveland
analysis: The Ravens picked Cleveland with the 94th pick of the NFL Draft. He is an impressive size – 6-foot-6, 343-pounds – and is expected to compete for the starting job at the Left Guard. Cleveland is still getting used to pro play and looking a little stiff during OTAs. However, the technique gets better with experience and he’ll have a starting job at some point during the season if he doesn’t take a job at the start.
Cornerback / Security Brandon Stephens
Analysis: Stephens was expected to take time to develop as a professional, but he flashed during off-season training sessions. He was able to put himself in a position to run in secondary school with a solid training camp. Last season, Stephens started all 10 games at SMU and registered 43 tackles (36 solo), including one for loss. He also has 10 pass breakups and an interception, as well as a fumble recovery and a quarterback hit.
Wide receiver Tylan Wallace
analysis: Wallace has been compared to Steve Smith, another top wide receiver for playmakers. Both players are a bit undersized, but make the difference with their hardness. Both Wallace and Smith are extremely competitive and take these one-on-one physical fights with defensive backs. If Wallace can keep up with Smith’s production, he will have a long, productive career in the NFL.
Cornerback Shaune Wade
Analysis: The future could now be for Wade, who could see a long game of slot cornerback or nickel, especially if veteran Tavon Young struggles with injuries again. Wade’s selection should give more depth to this year’s lineup and he is gaining more professional-level experience. However, Young is handicapped by injuries. Wade could bump into the line-up.
Defensive end Daelin Hayes
analysis: Hayes will try to play in the rotation on the defensive. In his five seasons at Notre Dame, Hayes recorded 97 tackles, 20.5 for a loss, nine sacks, one interception, four defended passes and four forced fumbles. He was named team captain in 2020 and has been commended for all of his work in the community. He was the finalist for Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year in 2020. Now he’s getting the opportunity to create his own legacy in Baltimore.
Defender Ben Mason
Analysis: Mason prides itself on crushing opponents, and that’s one of the reasons the Ravens picked him in the fifth round of this year’s Michigan draft. Mason is a two-time winner of the Toughest Player of the Year award in 2017 and 2019, chosen by his teammates. He’s also a versatile player who can take a place on the depths table on both offense and defense.
Undrafted free agents
Security Ar’Darius Washington
Analysis: Some scouts have named Washington the best player of the year without a draft. In 2019, Washington was ranked the second highest safety rating in the country by Pro Football Focus, behind only teammate Trevon Moehrig. He was named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. Being undersized may have hurt his draftstock, but the Ravens didn’t design a safety and Washington could make the list as a backup.
Offensive tackle Adrian Ealy
Analysis: He started 10 games with the right tackle for the Sooners and was an All-Big 12 second-team selection. During his two years as a starter (2019-20), Oklahoma ranked second nationwide in the pass efficiency rating (179.8), fourth on overall offensive (518.8 ypg), fifth in points per game (42.5) and eighth in yards per rush (5.4). ). Even after the signing of free agent Alejandro Villaneuva, the Ravens Ealy could see additional offensive line depth.
Tight end Tony Poljan
Analysis: Poljan started his college career in Central Michigan as a quarterback, but he was athletic enough to make the transition to the tight end. Its 38 receptions rank seventh with a tight finish in the program’s single season history, while its 411 receiving yards also rank seventh with a tight finish. He’ll join a crowded tight-end group looking for a squad spot as a backup.
Defensive tackle Xavier Kelly
Analysis: He was a graduate in Arkansas after playing for three years at Clemson, where he scored 26 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. The Ravens can get a longer look after the Ravens don’t draft a defensive lineman.
Nate McCrary running back
Analysis: In 2019, McCrary ran 1,060 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.3 yards per carry. Baltimore is always looking for running back depth and McCrary should have fresh legs.
Offensive tackle Foster Sarell,
Analysis: Sarell played right tackle at Stanford, where he started for the last two seasons. He is another candidate for adding offensive line depth.
Wide Receiver Donte Sylencieux,
Analysis: Sylencieux was Lamar Jackson’s favorite target when they were teammates at Boynton Beach (Fla.) High School. During his three-year (2018-20) career at Graceland, he played 21 games with a total of 59 receptions for 1,211 yards (20.5 average) and 11 touchdowns. He also served as the team’s kick-returner for two years. Sylencieux will be looking to make a big leap into the NFL with a small program.
Linebacker Barrington Wade
Analysis: Wade wasn’t a full-time starter for Iowa, but he was excellent at pass coverage and showed potential as a pass rusher. He played in 33 career games (four starts) for the Hawkeyes and collected 23 tackles (11 solo), one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.