After Saturday’s undrafted free agent extravaganza in which 20 players were linked to the Baltimore Ravens, general manager Eric DeCosta has announced three rookie free agents have been signed. All information below is courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens Public Relations team.
- Trystan Colon-Castillo, Center, Missouri
A three-year (2017-19) starting center who was heralded for his leadership, strength and durability as an anchor of Missouri’s offensive line…Started all 38 games of his career before declaring for the NFL Draft following his junior season.
The more offensive line competition the better. With three interior spots up for grabs the Ravens will let the best five men win.
2. Tyler Huntley, Quarterback, Utah
During his 2019 senior season, was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Manning Award, in addition to being a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Lombardi Award…Was named Co-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and earned first-team All-Conference honors…Started all 14 games, going 220-of-301 passing for 3,092 yards, 19 TDs and just 4 INTs…Added 290 rushing yards and 5 ground scores…Finished the season ranked second (Joe Burrow) in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in completion percentage (73.1), fifth in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (177.6) and third in the FBS and first in the Pac-12 in yards per pass attempt (10.3)…Was a two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honoree (at Washington and at Washington State)
Just as there is competition for the offensive line, there’s always a competition for quarterback. While I don’t mean Huntley may compete for Lamar Jackson’s starting role, he will be there both as a “camp arm” and also to duke it out against incumbent backup Robert Griffin III. It will take some solid play from Huntley to unseat RGIII though, seeing as the veteran has provided help in developing Jackson as a player and filling in when called upon.
3. Nick Vogel, Kicker, Alabama Birmingham
Finished his career as the third-leading scorer (269 points) in UAB history and holds the school record for career PAT percentage (97.7%, 128-of-131)
As a senior, connected on 19-of-23 FGAs and 37-of-37 PATs, also leading the team with 95 points…Nailed a season-long 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 4 FGs and scoring 15 points at UTSA
I personally am looking forward to Nick Vogel as yet another player to land an NFL job elsewhere, seeing as the Ravens have produced a litany of kickers, punters and long snappers in the NFL. Unfortunately, I don’t expect Eric DeCosta to land another fifth-round pick for him but, then again, I didn’t expect Calais Campbell on the roster for a fifth-round pick either.