Ravens sign top class of rookie free agents

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — For the Ravens, the end of the NFL Draft means more work finding rookies to bring to training camp.

Once again, Baltimore has a huge class of rookie free agents who will be looking to make the roster.

The Ravens have kept at least one undrafted rookie on the original 53-player roster in 17 of the past 18 years.

Here is a breakdown of the class.

Brodarious Hamm, tackle, Auburn

Analysis: Hamm, 6-foot-6, 334 pounds, was a two-year starter at right tackle and played in 34 career games. He received the Ken Rice Award as the team’s Outstanding Lineman and Blocker. Hamm was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 but was cleared to play football a year later.

Brodarious Hamm

Makai Polk, WR, Mississippi State

Analysis: Polk started 13 games in his first season with the Bulldogs and led the SEC with a school record 105 catches. He also set the single-season program record for receiving yards with 1,046. Polk finished with nine receiving touchdowns, tied for fourth in Bulldogs single-season history. He also became one of only four SEC players since 2000 to record 100+ receptions, 1,000+ receiving yards, and nine or more touchdowns in a single season.

Diego Fagot, ILB, Navy

Analysis: Fagot won a four-year letter for the Navy and finished his career with 282 tackles, 35.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles. He is only the third player in school history to lead his team in tackles for three consecutive years.

Chris Moore, S, State of Georgia

Analysis: Moore was named to the Pro Football Focus Nominated All-Sun Belt Team. He was the team’s fourth tackle with 70 saves, including 4.5 TFL. Has a sack, on interceptions, a forced fumble and two pass breakups.

Slade Bolden, WR, Alabama

Analysis: Bolden had 42 receptions for 408 yards and three touchdowns. He also once rushed from the quarterback position. Bolden excelled on special teams and added 14 punt returns for 99 yards to go with five kickoff returns for a total of 67 yards.

Tyler Johnson, DL, Arizona State

Analysis: Johnson was the seventh-highest-ranked edge defenseman in the Pac-12 overall (76.5) and fourth among league edge defensemen in run defense (79.6). The latter is particularly notable as Johnson entered the season with a career defense rating of 53.6. During his career, he recorded 106 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in 37 games.

Anthony Brown, QB, Oregon

Analysis: Brown started all 14 games for Oregon in his final qualifying season, leading the Ducks to a 10-win season and appearances in the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Valero Alamo Bowl. He completed 250 of 390 passes for 2,989 yards and 18 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Brown also rushed for a career-high 658 yards and nine touchdowns on 151 carries.

Trevon Clark, WR, CA

Analysis: Clark played in 28 career games with 17 starts during his three seasons at Cal and contributed 58 receptions for 931 yards and six touchdowns, as well as two carries for 26 yards for a total of 957 all-purpose yards while adding two tackles. Clark finished with career highs of 33 receptions, 658 receiving yards, four touchdowns and 658 all-around yards as a senior in 2021.

Emeka Emezie, WR, NC State

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Analysis: Emezie ranks fifth in school history with 169 career receptions. His 2,093 receiving yards are the seventh best in school history. Emezie has had 13 career touchdowns, which ranks him 12th in the record books. He caught one pass in 32 straight games – the fifth-longest streak in school history and one of the best streaks nationally. Emezie ranks first among ACC returning players in career receiving yards (2,093), tied for first in receptions (169) and TD receptions (13).

Tre Ford, QB, University of Waterloo

Analysis: Ford was named the 2021 Hec Crighton Trophy winner as the most outstanding player in U Sports football. In six regular season games last season, he completed 118 of 186 passes for 1,465 yards with 10 passing touchdowns and four interceptions.

Zakoby McClain, ILB, Auburn

Analysis: McClain was a starter returning to linebacker and finished with 267 career tackles. He was named All-SEC 2n/a team by league coaches.

Jeremiah Moon, LB, Florida

Analysis: Moon recorded 49 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and six quarterback hits. Returning in the 2021 season after suffering his third season-ending injury in 2020, he staged his most productive season as a Gator. In 48 career games, he had 151 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

Ricky Person Jr., RB, NC State

Analysis: Person has 455 carries for 1,979 yards with 14 touchdowns and caught 57 passes for 482 yards and four scores during his career. However, he dealt with injuries in his first two seasons.

Josh Ross, ILB, Michigan

Analysis: Ross started all 14 games at linebacker; led the defense with a team-high 106 tackles, including nine for loss and a split sack. He also broke up two passes and had eight quarterback rushes to earn his fifth varsity letter. Ross was an All-Big Ten selection.

Charles Wiley, OLB, Texas-San Antonio

Analysis: As a senior, Wiley started all 14 games at outside linebacker. He recorded 36 total tackles, 18 solo saves, nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, five quarterback rushes, two fumble recoveries and one pass breakup.

Denzel Williams, DB, Villanova

Analysis: Williams had two interceptions for 16 yards and forced a fumble last season. He is a development actor.

Devon Williams, WR, Oregon

Analysis: Williams played in 12 of Oregon’s 14 games in his final season with the Ducks. He led the team with 557 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 35 receptions.

Rayshad Nichols, DT, Stephen F. Austin

Analysis: Nichols has played 12 games with nine starts. He is a physical player who made 51 tackles and 10 sacks.

Aron Johnson, OL, South Dakota State

Analysis: Johnson crossed the line to take over starting duties at left tackle and received team Offensive Player of the Week accolades for his performances in the season opener in Northern Iowa and in the Football Championship Subdivision playoff win over Southern Illinois. He was a key part of an offensive unit that set a Division I best with 231.7 rushing yards per game and limited the opposition to 10 sacks this season.