August 30, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson (83) celebrates an 11 yard touchdown with running back Ray Rice (27) during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
For the first time ever the Baltimore Ravens may have found more play makers in the undrafted market than they did in the draft. Don't get me wrong, The Ravens got some serious talent in the draft with Courtney Upshaw, Bernard Pierce, Kelechi Osemele and Asa Jackson (even if he did blow off my interview) but are any of these guys more explosive than Deonte Thompson, Bobby Rainey and Justin Tucker.
Coming into the season Tucker has the possibility of leading the Ravens in points this season. Thompson may prove over time that he should be the third wide receiver and Rainey is a virtual clone of All Pro Ray Rice. Don't get me wrong, K.O. and Gino Gradkowski may have long NFL careers and prove to be every bit worth their draft position but this trio of undrafted guys could help change the face of the franchise for years to come in very important "skill" positions.This, once again, goes to the credit of the Ravens front office and scouting department. They search high and low at every big and small school around to find the very best players to bring in to this organization.Players like Bart Scott, Dannell Ellerbe, Jameel McClain and Jared Gaither are a true barometer of what a high level that these people understand the game and that they are privy to some of the best inside information on players around.
This can also be shown in the amount of successful late round draft picks the team has produce just over the last few seasons. Lardarius Webb is Pro Bowl worthy, so is Marshal Yanda. Both were third round picks. Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura are both starting NFL safeties for other teams this season. Tyrod Taylor, the Ravens back-up QB was a sixth round pick. Pernell McPhee, who set the world on fire was a fifth round pick last season as well.
This team knows how to find football players and that is why they will always be competitive in the ever changing salary cap era of the NFL.
Who will have the biggest impact on the Ravens over the next 3 years?
Courtney Upshaw, Kelechi Osemele, Bernard Pierce (161 votes)
Deonte thompson, Justan Tucker, Bobby rainey (160 votes)
321 total votes