Poll: Top Ravens Undrafted Free-Agent Signing

Is Bart Scott the best rookie free agent signing in Ravens history? If not, who is?

Posted by Ryan Mink on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Yesterday, we at BaltimoreRavens.com asked you to vote on who has been the best Ravens free-agent signing in team history.
 
Today, we have decided to pose the same question, only with undrafted rookie free agents.
 
Once free agency begins, there will be a mad dash by NFL teams to sign undrafted free agents. The Ravens have had great success in the field, landing longtime starters and even Pro Bowlers.
 
Here’s a list of the marquee names, and you can cast your vote below:
 

Top Ravens Undrafted Free-Agent Signing

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OL Mike Flynn, 1997
Flynn spent 11 seasons, including nine as a starter, anchoring the inside of the Ravens’ offensive line. He was a smart, gritty player who helped build chemistry for more than a decade.
 
RB Priest Holmes, 1997

Holmes was a standout backup in Baltimore before reaching stardom in Kansas City. Holmes rushed for 1,008 yards in 1998 when he started 13 games. After leaving, he went to three Pro Bowls and scored a combined 48 touchdowns in 2002 and 2003.
 
C Jeff Saturday, 1998
Saturday has spent 12 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. But he got his start in Baltimore. He was waived after about a month-and-a-half as a Raven. Saturday has gone on to five Pro Bowls and protected Peyton Manning for more than a decade.
 
S Will Demps, 2002
The San Diego State product stepped right into the Ravens’ starting rotation as a rookie, playing beside fellow rookie Ed Reed, and played for four years. His best season came in 2004 when he started all 16 games and compiled 85 tackles, 2 ½ sacks, six pass deflections and one interception.
 
LB Bart Scott, 2002
Scott has played with a chip on his shoulder ever since being passed over in the draft. It took him four years to become a starter in Baltimore, but he was a force once he did. Scott averaged more than 92 tackles per season from 2005 to 2008. He had 9 ½ sacks in 2006, which earned him his first and only Pro Bowl trip to date.
 
DT Maake Kemoeatu, 2002
While not a huge name, it’s rare for an undrafted free agent to last eight years in the league. Kemoeatu was a reserve for his first three years in Baltimore before starting all 16 games in 2005, in which he recorded 40 tackles and one sack. The 364-pounder then went to Carolina and is now in Washington.
 
LS Matt Katula, 2005
Long snappers don’t get a lot of love, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that Katula was rock solid for the Ravens for five years. Katula, who battled elbow tendinitis near the end of the 2009 season, was released last year during training camp and spent the last half of the season with New England.
 
LB Jameel McClain, 2008
The current gem of the Ravens’ undrafted free agents, McClain became a starting linebacker last year and impressed with 71 tackles and one sack. He received a second-round tender from Baltimore this offseason, showing the team’s faith in the Syracuse product. McClain is striving to become a three-down linebacker, and he’s shown the potential to do so.

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