Top Five Ravens Undrafted Free Agents Of All TimePosted on March 07, 2014 by Gordon McGuinness
The Ravens have made a name for themselves by having one of the best front offices in football. This stems from being fantastic drafters, making under the radar signings that add key players to the roster, locking up their own young up and coming players, and finding some undrafted gems. Ravens fans will remember their share of excellent undrafted free agents over the years in Baltimore, but here's our top five.
5. Dannell Ellerbe, LB
Undrafted out of Georgia, Ellerbe stepped up to become a key part of the Ravens defense during their Super Bowl run in 2012. His ability to rush the passer gave the Ravens an interior pass rushing presence that they were seriously lacking at the time and he came up with several big plays in the AFC Championship win in New England.
4. Mike Flynn, C
Given Matt Birk's stellar play at the position, Flynn's time in Baltimore was quickly forgotten. It shouldn't be though, as the player who arrived undrafted out of Maine in 1998 started 99 games at center between 2001 and 2007. Adding to that, he was a starter at right guard on the 2000 Super Bowl winning team.
3. Priest Holmes, HB
Some view Holmes as less on an impressive undrafted free agent signing because the best years of his career, which saw him put up more than 11,000 yards from scrimmage and score 94 touchdowns, came after he signed for the Kansas City Chiefs. Don't forget that he ran for over 1,000 yards for the Ravens in 1998 and a valuable contributor on that 2000 Super Bowl team.
2. Justin Tucker, K
A kicker as the Ravens second best undrafted free agent? Well, this isn't just any kicker. Already the arguably the best kicker in the league, Tucker has an absolute cannon for a leg and a seemingly unshakable demeanor to match. Accurate on just shy of 92% of his kicks in his first two seasons in the league, he has already locked down the best single game performance by a kicker in Ravens history as he kicked six field goals, including a 61-yard game winner, on the road against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.
1. Bart Scott, LB
For some linebackers, playing next to Ray Lewis in Baltimore gave them the freedom to make more plays than they would have elsewhere, which in turn landed them free agent deals which were perhaps higher than they were actually worth when they left. That's not the case for Bart Scott, and anyone who believes it is needs to take a look at his career again. One of the best inside linebackers against the run of the past decade, Scott did all the little things right at linebacker. Fantastic at taking on, and blowing up, lead blocks, his style of play was the perfect to Lewis' when they played together for the Ravens.