What player on the Baltimore Ravens do you think has little chance to make the team and even if he does, would be doubtful to get much of a sniff between the white lines in an actual real game? Usually that means one of the many guys fighting for those last few roster spots that ultimately will come down to the final pre-season game or perhaps even after, when the team announces the eight players signed to their Practice Squad.
Last year, the guy I was rooting for was Bobby Rainey. Despite questionable competition in college the Western Kentucky running back finished sixth inNCAA history for career all-purpose yardage. He proved he deserved to be on an NFL roster with a solid training camp as well as playing great in limited action during the pre-season.
Rainey was released and re-signed to the Ravens Practice Squad and hopes to make the leap to the active 53-man final roster in 2013. Could Bobby Rainey be this year's "Rudy?"
What about safety Omar Brown, who always seemed to be around the ball during the 2012 pre-season but couldn't crack the roster due to some guys named Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard?
From this year's group of rookies, perhaps University of Maryland TE Matt Furstenburg fits the bill, undrafted but already impressing his coaches.
A lot of fans are rooting for FB Kyle Juszczyk to make the jump from Harvard to the NFL, which could easily be a story almost equal to the real "Rudy."
Wide receivers Aaron Mellette (Elon) and Gerrard Sheppard (Towson) are long-shots to fill out QB Joe Flacco's receiving corps but would both quickly become fan favorites if they got their chance to be one of the 53 players on opening day.
Who do you think could end up being this year's Ravens version of "Rudy?"