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Ravens Sign Nine Rookie Free Agents



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The Ravens' seven draftees aren't the only newcomers to team headquarters for this weekend's mandatory minicamp, as nine rookie free agents will descend on Owings mills, as well.

With former Ravens such as Bart Scott, Will Demps and Priest Holmes as evidence, the Ravens have a history of keeping undrafted free agents in the past.

More recently, those odds-beaters took the form of Edgar JonesJameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe.

Who will be the next unheralded prospect to make a splash?

Here is a look at the new crop of rookie signees:
Rodelin Anthony, WR, UNLV
6-foot-5, 230 pounds
The Skinny: Anthony has excellent size to be a great red-zone target.  Anthony may have only recorded 69 receptions for 1,002 yards over his career, but 12 of them went for touchdowns. Last year, Anthony netted 16 grabs for 240 yards and four scores.  He was limited to eight games because of injuries.
Outlook:Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron likes big wideouts, but this group is crowded with guys like Justin HarperMarcus Smith and Eron Riley

Morgan Cox, LS, Tennessee
6-foot-4, 226 pounds
The Skinny:Playing in 38 games, Cox was the Volunteers' primary snapper for three seasons.  He is also not afraid of getting physical.  As a senior, he registered three special teams tackles, and then posted four as a junior.
Outlook:It's not going to be easy to unseat Matt Katula.  Still, Katula must show that his tendinitis-affected elbow from a year ago is healthy.

John Fletcher, DL, Wyoming
6-foot-6, 265 pounds
The Skinny:Fletcher started for three years and was twice named to the Rotary Lombardy watch list (2008-09) for the nation's best lineman or linebacker. Known for his high motor, he amassed 36 career tackles for loss and 24 sacks. Last year, Fletcher was a first-team All-Mountain West selection.
Outlook:Long and lean, Fletcher has the great size teams look for in a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end. 

Ashton Hall, DB, Marshall
5-foot-10, 196 pounds
The Skinny: Hall played safety his final two seasons at Marshall, but he could be a solid nickel back.  Reports have noted that Hall added weight this offseason and could be over 200 pounds.  He was a team captain as a senior and notched a career-high 89 tackles, eight passes defensed and one interception. 
Outlook: Considering the Ravens did not draft a cornerback, Hall has as good a chance as any to make the team if he can show he can adjust to corner.

Albert McClellan, DE, Marshall
6-foot-2, 254 pounds
The Skinny:A three-time captain, McClellan boasts 230 career tackles, 39.5 tackles for loss and an impressive 19.5 sacks.  Last season, the Lakeland, Fla., native was a second-team All-Conference USA selection.  McClellan's career game came in 2009 against Bowling Green, where he notched 15 stops, three sacks, one forced fumble and a blocked kick.
Outlook: A little bit undersized for end, McClellan could be a converted outside linebacker that the Ravens seem to always covet.

Mike McLaughlin, FB, Boston College
6-foot, 245 pounds
The Skinny: The former Golden Eagle was a highly-productive tackles with 221 career stops, 19.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.  Known for his leadership ability, McLaughlin was a two-time defensive captain, even after battling back from a torn Achilles' tendon in the spring of 2009. 
Outlook:McLaughlin will tryout at fullback, and since the Ravens don't currently have a backup to Le'Ron McClain, he's got a shot.

Prince Miller, CB, Georgia
5-foot-8, 198 pounds
The Skinny: There is only one interception on Miller's resume, but he was a reliable and durable player for the Bulldogs, seeing time in all 52 career games (31 starts).  Miller, who boasts a 4.41-second time in the 40, also returned punts, with 28 career returns for 417 yards (14.9 average) and one touchdown.
Outlook:With his special teams ability (he was a special teams captain as a senior), Miller could couple that with his corner skills to be an asset.

Courtney Smith, CB/KR, Central Washington
5-foot-11, 195 pounds
The Skinny: Smith is an explosive kick returner who played only two years at CW after transferring from Langston University in Oklahoma.  He appeared in 23 games and posted 21 kickoff returns for 625 yards (29.8 average) and two touchdowns, both school records.  As a corner, Smith totaled 71 tackles, two interceptions and 12 passes defensed, in addition to two blocked kicks.
Outlook: Another corner/returner, Smith could add a spark to the return game while Lardarius Webb rehabs a knee injury.

Curtis Steele, RB, Memphis
6-foot, 190 pounds
The Skinny:Steele's 2,462 career rushing yards rank third all-time in Tigers history, and he was named Memphis' Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and '09.  The Franklin, Tenn., native was impressive as a senior, carrying the ball 198 times for 1,239 yards (6.3 average) and 15 touchdowns. Steele also averaged 123.9 yards per game that season.
Outlook:Baltimore is fairly set at running back at this moment, but Steele's ability is intriguing. 

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