With Week 2 of training camp underway and the preseason just around the corner, debates about which players will make the final roster will only gain steam. For the Ravens, a yearly question is which undrafted rookie will make the final roster. Baltimore was on a 16-year streak of an undrafted rookie making the final roster before last season.
Bleacher Report’s Alex Kay recently wrote an article naming the most likely undrafted free agent to make the final roster for all 32 teams. Kay named offensive tackle Adrian Ealy as the favorite to make the Ravens’ roster.
“The Baltimore Ravens appeared thin at the offensive tackle spot after trading Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, but the club could end up with some unexpected depth at the position,” Kay wrote.
Baltimore has certainly felt the lack of depth at offensive tackle during training camp thus far as All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley remains on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list. The Ravens signed longtime Steeler Alejandro Villanueva to replace Brown Jr. at right tackle, but depth behind the two starters remains one of the biggest weaknesses on the roster.
“Adrian Ealy, a left tackle at Oklahoma, is off to an impressive start in his NFL career,” Kay continued. “According to one observer, the 6’6”, 321-pound mauler was “dominating” rookie fifth-round edge-rusher Daelin Hayes in practice and offensive line coach Cole Jackson stated that he has been hearing positive reviews regarding Ealy’s work in camp.”
Ealy started on the offensive line for the Oklahoma Sooners in his last two seasons, with the majority of his time spent at right tackle. He earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors in both seasons.
“Although Ealy isn’t likely to contest for a starting job in Baltimore, the two-year collegiate starter could find himself holding a backup job in year one on either side of the line,” Kay said. “He’ll likely have to beat out Tyre Phillips—a 2020 third-round pick who will need to transition from guard to tackle in the pros—for the top swing tackle gig. If Ealy’s play in camp is any indication, it should be an exciting competition to watch play out before the start of the season.”