On Tuesday, the Ravens brought in some more competition for their interior defensive line behind established starters by signing rookie free agent Jovan Swann — as reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
This signing comes a week after former Clemson defensive tackle Xavier Kelly, who the Ravens signed in the initial wave of undrafted free agency last month, reportedly suffered a torn Achilles tendon during OTAs. Kelly was waived by the team on Tuesday, per their official website, along with undrafted wide receiver Donte Sylencieux.
Swann was a three-star recruit coming out of high school in 2016 and began his collegiate career at Stanford before transferring to finish it at Indiana as a graduate transfer. He appeared in 38 games between the Power Five programs and recorded 87 total tackles including 16.5 for a loss, 8.5 sacks, and three pass deflections in his four-year career.
At 6-foot-2 and around 280 pounds, he’s too small to play nose tackle and would be better suited as a defensive end in the Ravens base defense. He could also maybe play defensive tackle in sub-packages, where DC Don “Wink” Martindale would want more speed and less bulk on the field like in obvious passing situations.
As Pelissero reported, after Swann went undrafted, he garnered some attention from a pair of the Ravens’ AFC foes including their archrival before final putting pen to paper in Baltimore.
He’ll face an uphill battle to make the roster only one or two spots on the defensive line depth chart up for grabs. Most can assume that veterans Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe, Brandon Williams, Justin Ellis, and 2020 third-round pick Justin Madubuike are virtual locks to make the roster. His chief competition to make the team barring injury will be 2020 fifth-round pick Broderick Washington and 2020 undrafted free agent Aaron Crawford.