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Rookie Free-Agents' Time To Shine


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With only rookies taking the field during this week's minicamp, several of the Ravens' undrafted free agents will have a chance to shine.

Baltimore has a long history of finding one or two gems each year from the undrafted class – whether it is Bart Scott, Jameel McClain or even Dannell Ellerbe – and turning them into a contributor.

The rookies have all been given chances during previous Organized Team Activities (OTAs), but the spotlight will be on them this week. 

Can one of the 10 RFAs who signed post-draft make a good enough case for roster spot over the next few days?

Here is an update on their current status:

**Rodelin Anthony**, WR, UNLV
6-foot-5, 230 pounds
The Skinny: Anthony's size is the first thing that stands out among the receivers. He's got long arms and a looping stride.  Additionally, the Ravens have lined him up with a hand in the dirt during seven-on-seven drills.  Anthony faces a crowded group of big-bodied wideouts like Eron Riley and Justin Harper, but Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron has been known to favor those type of players.

**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 hasn't seen much time to show his wares this offseason because Matt Katula has taken the majority of snaps.

**John Fletcher**, DL, Wyoming
6-foot-6, 265 pounds
The Skinny: Fletcher has been getting reps with the third team as a defensive end.  A high-motor guy, his size is impressive, especially his length.  Fletcher could add solid depth behind Trevor Pryce or Paul Kruger and needs to show good technique working with Defensive Line Coach Clarence Brooks more closely this week.

**Ashton Hall**, S, Marshall
5-foot-10, 196 pounds
The Skinny:After bulking up this offseason, reports listed him at over 200 pounds before joining the Ravens, the former Marshall safety has a compact but powerful build that suggests he's a thumper over the middle.  And, with Ed Reed missing time and Haruki Nakamura just coming back to the practice field after rehabbing an ankle injury, Hall has been getting opportunities. He'll have to be a special teams standout, but a physical presence at gunner is always a plus.

**Brad Jones**, S, Cincinnati
6-foot-1, 202 pounds
The Skinny: The Ravens liked enough of Jones that they signed him after a tryout.  He's smart, but hasn't really gotten off the sideline for extended practice time yet, so it's going to be big for him to step up at rookie camp.

**Albert McClellan**, DE, Marshall
6-foot-2, 254 pounds
The Skinny:A shorter end, McClellan is in the mold of McClain or Edgar Jones, two other undrafted rookies that made the active roster.  He's making the transition to hybrid end/outside linebacker, which isn't easy.  The chance to demonstrate his pass-rush skills is critical this week.

**Mike McLaughlin**, FB, Boston College
6-foot, 245 pounds
The Skinny:The former BC linebacker has a tough road ahead of him as he moves to fullback, but McLaughlin is stepping up to the challenge.  While the pads still aren't on, it's tough to gauge his position, but McLaughlin has looked fast and powerful in practices thus far.  More will  reveal itself when full-contact returns in training camp.

**Prince Miller**, CB/KR, Georgia
5-foot-8, 198 pounds
The Skinny:Miller's return skills give him a talent that coaches covet, and one that could go a long way to earning him a gig.  With a lack of a lot of corner depth at the moment, Miller has taken a good amount of reps in early OTAs.  And, Miller made an eye-opening play at one point during practice last week, swatting a deep pass out of tight end Dennis Pitta's hands. Pitta, by the way, has eight inches on the diminutive Miller.

**Courtney Smith**, CB/KR, Central Washington
5-foot-11, 195 pounds
The Skinny:Place Smith in the group that could break out because of his return chops.  Smith put up big numbers at Central Washington on special teams, especially on kickoffs, where he scored two touchdowns in 2008.

**Curtis Steele**, RB, Memphis
6-foot, 190 pounds
The Skinny:Steele is an intriguing prospect.  The Ravens are essentially set at running back, but Steele, whose 2,462 career rushing yards are third in Memphis annals, has impressed when he's carried the rock in Owings Mills.  Without Ray Rice or Willis McGahee – or Le'Ron McClain, for that matter – on the field during rookie camp, Steele will handle the workload.  The one-on-one time with Running Backs Coach Wilbert Montgomery is critical, as well.

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