The 2020 Class
The following list of players comprises the unofficial list of Ravens undrafted free agents for 2020. Once the team’s PR Department confirms the signings, we will update appropriately.
Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah
Three-year starter with a history of working out of zone-read, spread and pro-style attacks. Some teams might disqualify him as a quarterback prospect due to his frame and inconsistencies getting through progressions, but he can make all the NFL throws and works with solid anticipation when he’s able to find his rhythm. Huntley’s poise under pressure and ball placement need work, but he might have the necessary combination of run-pass talent to appeal as a late-round fit in the right offensive scheme. ~ Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Eli Wolf, TE, Georgia
Wolf has good size, is a decent athlete and has posted consistent, if not spectacular, numbers throughout his four years at Tennessee. Wolf is adequate as a pass-catcher and run blocker and has a chance to make it as an NFL backup, but he’ll need to improve his toughness and consistency as a run blocker to carve out a career in the league. ~ Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
No more pro days, so players not invited to/tested at the combine finding other ways to show NFL teams what they can do. Here’s Georgia TE Eli Wolf running a hand-timed 4.43 40-yard dash at 6-4 5/8, 245 pounds. pic.twitter.com/B7V1tGU6CS
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 28, 2020
Jacob Breeland, TE, Oregon
Average pass-catching talent and ball skills tied to an H-back frame. Breeland mixes up his route speed and plays with some burst out of fairly crisp breaks, but he doesn’t have the speed to lose coverage on crossing routes or in the seams. Scheme created most of his touchdown opportunities, so he will need to prove he can beat coverage underneath on a consistent basis. Breeland’s run blocking gets a failing grade so he may need a needy roster and a great fit to stick around for very long. ~ Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Chauncey Rivers, EDGE, Mississippi State
Edge worker with ability to beat blockers with strong hands or initial quickness, depending on the matchup. His pad level and contact balance help win inside to disrupt the B-gap. He takes on bigger blockers with sharp hand strikes before sliding away, but maulers can overwhelm him at times. His rush isn’t very tools-y, but is fairly fluid and should improve once he adds to the tool belt. Rivers’ issues at Georgia were documented in Season 2 of the Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U,” but the reset at Mississippi State offered consistent production and play over two seasons. Look for teams to consider him as a 3-4 SAM ‘backer with enough short-area athleticism to handle the transition.
John Daka, EDGE, James Madison
Upper Marlboro, MD
Shortly after the NFL Draft on Saturday, the former James Madison defensive end told the Daily News-Record he signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens. This past fall Daka led the FCS in sacks (16.5) and tackles for loss (28) while earning second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press. ~ Daily News Record
— Mwamzy nine6 (@IsaacMwamzy) April 27, 2020
Nigel Warrior, S, Tennessee
Great name and great bloodlines with the demeanor and fearlessness to compete for a backend spot as a box safety and special teams cover specialist. Warrior’s lack of instincts is a big problem that leads to busts and big plays. He will need to play near the line of scrimmage and keep it mostly downhill, where he can react at hit rather than read and range. He’s limited as a safety, but teams also know exactly what his strengths and issues are. Warrior’s toughness and bright-eyed urgency in run support coupled with his special teams potential could make him a popular priority free agent. Nigel’s father is former NFL 4-time Pro Bowler and former Raven, Dale Carter. ~ Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Bronson Rechsteiner, RB, Kennesaw State
6’0″, 230Twitter: @BronsonSteiner
Pro Day Results
40 Yard Dash: 4.48
Bench Reps: 35
Vertical Jump: 35.4″
Broad Jump: 10′
3 Cone Drill: 6.95
Shuttle Run: 4.22
Bronson Rechsteiner the hardnosed RB/FB from Kennesaw State University recently sat down with Jimmy Williams of NFL Draft Diamonds. Bronson is the son of wrestling legend, Rick Steiner, and plans to take football as far as he can before he follows in the footsteps of his dad. ~ Draft Diamonds
Trystan Colon-Castillo, C, Missouri
Sawed off center-only prospect lacking contact balance and functional length for prolonged battles against NFL size. He has good football intelligence, plays with effort and possesses adequate lateral quickness for some outside zone blocks, but lacks the range to get to all of them. He doesn’t have a standout play characteristic to make up for a lack of NFL traits and will be hard-pressed to hold his own against the size and strength he would be tasked with blocking on a regular basis. ~ Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Kristian Welch, LB, Iowa
Of all Iowa prospects stuck on the NFL Draft bubble, Welch is the one who arguably would have benefited most from being able to attend Iowa’s Pro Day and perform individual workouts for prospective teams. After playing most of his junior season at weakside linebacker, Welch blossomed after shifting inside and locking down the starting job as a senior. Welch accumulated some impressive stats despite only playing in ten games, including a team-high 86 tackles, two sacks, three pass deflections, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble.
Whether Welch gets drafted or not, he is likely to get a shot to stick in the league. He has the size and athleticism to play middle linebacker at the next level and plays with a focus and intensity that will make him stand out in camp. Welch could sneak off the board in the 7th round, but his relative lack of film may force him to make his way as an undrafted free agent. Either way, don’t be surprised if he finds his way on to a 53-man roster come fall. ~ Matt Reisener, SB Nation
Daishawn Dixon, OL, San Diego State
Dixon looks the part, but he doesn’t have enough predictive tape to expect marked improvement as a pro. He’s a power blocker with below-average lateral quickness and an inability to consistently gain control of the rep despite his size. He carries a stiff punch and stout anchor but lacks functional mirror and range in pass protection. Might be a developmental practice squad-type as a free agent or late-rounder. ~ Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Josh Nurse, CB, Utah
Positives: Nice-sized cornerback who watched his game take off last season. Stays downfield with receivers, positions himself to defend the throw and battles opponents. Fires to the ball out of his plant, displays a nice move to the throw and gets a hand in to knock away passes. Plays tough, physical football and quickly comes up the field to defend screen passes and running plays. Strong open-field tackler.
Negatives: Late to react to receivers’ moves off the line, which puts him a half-step behind opponents. Hesitant with average instincts.
Analysis: Nurse was not on the scouting radar entering the season, but a solid campaign in 2019 has put him squarely into late-round conversation. While I expect Nurse to end up as a priority free agent, he has potential as a dime back in bump-and-run coverage. ~ Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network
Ty’Son Williams, RB, BYU
4.53 – 40
Positives: Strong interior ball carrier who is effective in all areas of the running back position. Patient, displays terrific vision and finds the running lanes. Instinctive, will pick and choose his spots on the inside and follows blocks everywhere on the field. Keeps his feet moving, grinds it out and falls forward when tackled. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield who fights hard to gain yardage after the catch. Helps the quarterback sell ball fakes and effectively picks up assignments as a blocker.
Negatives: Not creative and can’t turn the corner or even get around tackle. Lacks speed and quickness and now comes off a knee injury.
Analysis: Williams has physical limitations and must rehab from injury, but he was consistent in all areas of the running back position during his time at South Carolina and BYU. If healthy, Williams has an outside shot to make an NFL roster as a fourth back. ~ Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network
Khalil Dorsey, CB, Northern Arizona
4.35 – 40
An All-Big Sky Conference selection in all four years of his Northern Arizona career, cornerback Khalil Dorsey’s 44-game Lumberjack career came to an end this past November. Dorsey wrapped up his career with eight interceptions and 41 passes defended, setting a career high in the latter with 12 during the 2019 season. The total placed him in a tie for 13th for a single season and one of just four players to record two seasons of at least 11 passes defended. ~ Arizona Daily Sun
Michael Dereus, WR, Georgetown
Dereus, whose nickname is “Mookie”, put together a strong senior year with the Hoyas in 2019. With 41 receptions for 726 yards and five touchdowns, the receiver was able to earn All-Patriot League first-team honors. Dereus’ combination of strength and speed could allow him to work outside or in the slot. However, being that there are a lot of other options on the roster, the wide receiver may end up competing for special teams time as well. ~ Ryan Homler, NBC Sports
Sean Pollard, OL, Clemson
Pollard offers a full plate of personal and football character with side dishes of technique and center/guard flexibility. He’s been well-schooled and has tasted a winning culture from high school through college. With his re-made body, he’s picked up better quickness and consistency of movement, but may not be strong enough to handle the explosive power he’ll have to face on a regular basis in the NFL. If he can improve his play strength, a back-end roster spot or practice squad is a possibility. ~ Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
Evan Adams, OL, Syracuse
You can’t teach size, and Adams is an enormous dude on the inside at 6-foot-6 and 341 pounds. He’s started for the last three years and frequently overpowers defenders (95 knockdown blocks). You’ll see the inside of SU’s line get blown up here and there on game film, but I actually think that’s more due to uncertainty at the center spot than Adams. There’s late round potential here if a few things improve this year. ~ John Cassillo, SB Nation
Dom Maggio, P, Wake Forest
• Finished second in the ACC in punting average at 46.8 yards
• Second in the ACC with 74 punts and league leader with 30 punts inside the 20
• Led the ACC with 30 punts of 50 or more yards
• His 46.8 punting average in 2019 was the second-highest in school history.
• Finished his career third in Wake Forest history with a 43.65 average.
• Set the school season record with a 40+ average in 12 games.
• Set school career records with 80 punts of 50 or more yards and 40 games with a 40-yard+ average
• ACC Specialist of the Week after averaging 41.2 yards on six punts with five punts inside the 10 vs. NC State on Nov. 2.
• Set school and ACC record with 57.7 average against Clemson, Nov. 16. Had 9 punts for 519 yards.
• Averaged 51.6 yards on seven punts at Virginia Tech, Nov. 9.
• Averaged 46.6 vs. Florida State with four punts of 40 or longer and 4 inside the 20. Season-long 63 yard punt. One of Ray’s 8 honorees Oct. 22
• Averaged 46.2 yards with three punts inside the 20 at Boston College
• His final punt of the game pinned the Eagles at their own five with :28 left in the game
• Went over 10,000 career punting yards vs. North Carolina
• Nominated for Ray Guy Award ~ GoDeacs.com
Aaron Crawford, DL, UNC
The nose tackle from Ashburn, Va. was a three-year starter at UNC and one of the Tar Heels’ best defenders in 2019. As a senior last season, Crawford started all 13 games and finished with 50 tackles, three sacks, and was tied for second on the team with 9.0 tackles-for-loss. His 31 stops (tackles that constitute a “failure” for the offense) ranked fifth among all Power 5 interior DL, according to Pro Football Focus. Crawford’s 91.2 run defensive grade was the best among P5 interior defensive linemen, according to PFF.
Crawford was Mr. Reliable for UNC and defensive coordinator Bateman this past season. He played 685 snaps and was snubbed in the All-ACC defensive awards. A former 247Sports Composite three-star prospect, Crawford had the third-best overall defensive grade (86.4) in the ACC and the second-best run defense grade in the nation (91.3). ~ Ross Martin, 247Sports.com
Marcus Willoughby, DE, Elon
4.82 – 40
Getting better and better every season on the field with the Phoenix, Willoughby closed his career posting 7.0 sacks in 2019 to finish as Elon’s all-time FCS sack leader at 16.5. The Durham, N.C., native also ended his career at Elon with a program-best 16 quarterback hurries. A captain on the 2019 team, Willoughby posted 65 tackles with 13.5 for loss and two forced fumbles. His 13.5 tackles for loss mark the most by a Phoenix defender since the 2011 season when Joshua Jones posted 17.0 and ranked as the 10th-most in CAA Football while his 7.0 sacks were the seventh-most in the league. ~ ElonPhoenix.com
Jeff Hector, DB, Redlands
Hector was named an AFCA First Team All-American and D3football.com All-West Region honoree while securing a spot on the Southern Californa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) last November. The Palos Verdes Peninsula, California guided the Bulldogs to a 9-2 overall record while recording 35.0 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss and one sack to go with two forced fumbles and eight interceptions. ~ NoonTimeSports.com
Jaylon Moore, WR, Tennessee-Martin
2019: Named to The CFB Network All-Ohio Valley first team…Named to Phil Steele Preseason All-OVC second team…Played in nine games for the Skyhawks at wide receiver while starting in seven games…Missed five games due to injury…Tallied 16 receptions for 292 yards…Notched five touchdowns…Averaged 18.2 yards per catch…Recorded touchdowns against Northwestern State (Aug. 29), Austin Peay (Nov. 9) and Tennessee State (Nov. 16)…Best game came against Austin Peay (Nov. 9) with five receptions for 87 yards and three touchdowns…Tallied a season-long 43-yard reception against Northwestern State (Aug. 29)…Posted three kick returns against Kentucky (Nov. 23) for 38 yards. ~ UTMSports.com
Nick Vogel, K, UAB
Honorable Mention All-Conference USA…Finished his career as UAB’s third leading scorer in program history (269) and holds the school record for career PAT percentage (.977, 128-of-131)…Made 19-of-23 field goals, 37-of-37 PAT and sent 52 of his 71 kickoffs for touchbacks (12th nationally)…Made his final 11 kicks of the season, including a season-best 49-yarder in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl vs. No. 20 Appalachian State…Named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 14 after making a career-best four field goals at UTSA and scoring 15 points…Led the team in points with 94.