Once again the Baltimore Ravens seem to have struck gold with some of their undrafted free agent signings. In fact More so this season than in past years. The Ravens have several young standouts in camp that, for some reason or another, went undrafted.
The first name that seems to be on every ones lips is wide receiver Deonte Thompson. He has wowed onlookers and coaches alike with his blazing speed and circus catches in OTA's and training camp. Thompson was limited at Florida due to an early injury and frequent coaching changes that always left him behind. Coming into the 2009 season he was slated as the teams number one receiver but a hamstring injury sidelined him, giving way for Riley Cooper to shine as the teams number one target. He is now showing the Ravens why he was once so highly touted. With Cam Cameron's pension for going deep and Flacco's rocket arm the Ravens would love to add as many vertical threats as they can.
Another player who has been turning some heads is rookie inside linebacker Nigel Carr. Carr played his college ball at Florida state. Head coach John Harbaugh has been quoted as saying "He hits everything he sees." Carr could play his way onto the roster and someday be a viable option to start at one of the inside linebacker positions once Ray Lewis retires.Offensive tackle Jack Cornell has also been a pleasant surprise. He has had several reps with the first team offense and seems to be holding his own. The 6'6", 320 lbs. product of Illinois could also play his way onto the roster on a team badly in need of offensive line depth, especially at the tackle position.Cornell was as solid as you can get through out his collegiate career. If he can continue that in the NFL, he could be a huge steal for Baltimore.
Also Running back Bobby Rainey has drawn comparisons to Ravens All Pro Ray Rice. Rainey has had several big runs in camp so far and catches the ball out of the backfield with ease. He is about the same size as Rice and could be a precious commodity if Rice were to go down because the Ravens would still be able to use him in similar ways. They would hopefully be able to keep the same plays in order with Rainey on the field.