Undrafted Defensive Backs Have a Shot With Ravens

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Oregon's Avery Patterson and Middle Tennessee State's Sammy Seamster

OWINGS MILLS — When the NFL draft ended, the Baltimore Ravens had just four cornerbacks on their roster.
The Ravens typically keep five or six. What that means: The undrafted free agent cornerbacks Baltimore signed have a good opportunity.

The Ravens signed four undrafted free agent cornerbacks — Sammy Seamster from Middle Tennessee State, Avery Patterson from Oregon, Deji Olatoye from North Carolina A&T and Tramain Jacobs from Texas A&M.

All four competed in Baltimore’s rookie minicamp last week and will each try to make their case for a roster spot during the next three months.

“It’s interesting,” coach John Harbaugh said. “When you have a need at a position, and you don’t draft a guy, the interest from the undrafted free agents is pretty high. The same could be said for the offensive line. Both those positions are really well stocked with the rookie free agents.”

Seamster only started 10 games during his career at Middle Tennessee State, but he has good size (6-foot, 200 pounds) and ran a 4.42 40-yard dash at his pro day, an above-average time.

Patterson is smaller (5-8, 191) and played free safety his last two years at Oregon, but he was a productive player on one of the best teams in college football. He had three interceptions as a junior in 2012 and then 80 tackles and three interceptions last season.

More on the undrafted defensive backs here…

3 Raves on “Undrafted Defensive Backs Have a Shot With Ravens

  1. James on said:

    Man two of these guys look like scrubs. I’m looking at the stats for Tramain Jacobs and Deji Olatoye and I don’t see how they make any NFL Roster. Only person that’s decent here is Avery Patterson, all the others should be first cut folks.

  2. Sascha on said:

    Even if some of these guys make the team, I don’t think the Ravens can expect a lot of production out of them this coming season. It’s notoriously difficult to succeed as a rookie at cornerback. Unless Chykie or Asa show real progress, the Ravens are going to have a real hole to fill at the 3rd cornerback spot.

  3. Mo on said:

    We’re definitely gonna wait until someone gets cut. Most of the time Webb is the slot cb, so there gonna need some size on the outside.

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