Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Ravens and UDFA's


"Mr. Irrelevant" makes his presence felt


Baltimore Ravens News & Blogs by Tony Lombardi of Ravens24x7.com

With such a talent laden draft, the quality of undrafted free agents is likely to rise as well. In past years the Ravens have earmarked about $15,000 to bring in undrafted players. The Ravens leverage their stellar track record of developing undrafted free agents who go on to earn very healthy paychecks in the NFL to lure UDFA's. Priest Holmes, Will Demps, Bart Scott and Maake Kemoeatu are a few of the names that the Ravens remind UDFA agents of during the hectic courting period.

That $15,000 budget has normally been spread among roughly 10 UDFA’s but don’t be surprised if the Ravens bring in far fewer of such players this season. Think quality over quantity during the chaotic period that ensues after the selection of Mr. Irrelevant. The faxes, emails and phone calls are flying as part of an effort to capture the most appealing talent that goes undrafted.

Last year’s Mr. Irrelevant was Chiefs’ kicker Ryan Succop who was targeted by the Ravens as a UDFA. They had an offer ready to fire off through the fax machine just prior to the Chiefs’ call for Succop. The rookie hit 25 of 29 field goals last season and converted all 29 PAT’s. Three of his four misses were from beyond 50 yards. His longest converted kick was a 53 yarder. Succop was hardly irrelevant.

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