The Baltimore Ravens were one of the busiest teams following 2019 NFL Draft. The Ravens signed just under 20 players as undrafted free agents, which is no surprise given their history of finding hidden gems. Here are three of these UDFA’s that could become well-known names by the next season.
Jaylen Smith, WR – Louisville
Jaylen Smith already had connections to the Ravens before this year’s draft. That is because of Lamar Jackson. Smith and Jackson were playing together at Lousiville from 2015-2017. With Jackson, Jaylen was one of the better receivers in the country. In 2017, Jaylen had 60 catches, 980 yards, and nine touchdowns. Those numbers are not too impressive, but when you realize he played in a run-first offense, it becomes decently impressive. Jaylen also has great size with him being 6’2″ and 219 pounds. The biggest reason why this signing is so special is because of his connection with Lamar Jackson. If Jackson and Smith pick up where they left off, Smith could potentially make the team.
QB/WR Duo to watch for in 2017
Louisville QB Lamar Jackson & WR Jaylen Smith
Jackson the Heisman 🏆 Winner in 2016 had 51 TD's last season pic.twitter.com/EK2jt9MhZl
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) May 31, 2017
Markus Jones, Edge – Angelo State
Markus Jones was the first small school player I raved about this draft season. I saw his highlight tape and his stat line and instantly fell in love. Jones more than likely went undrafted because of the talent level he faced, not due to his talent.
At Angelo State, Jones had 84 tackles, 36.5 tackles for a loss, and 17.5 sacks this past year. At the Division II level, Jones was one of the best pass rushers in the country and offensive lines feared him. With the Ravens recently signing Shane Ray and Pernell McPhee, Jones could have an uphill battle to make the roster. Due to Jones’s talent and upside, do not be surprised if he survives final cuts, even with the competition he faces, to boost Baltimore’s depth or practice squad.
Angelo State EDGE Markus Jones is looking really nice right now folks. Getting into the backfield often and really showing off his hand usage with some chop-club-rip combos. He plays low too, could be a good day 3 or priority UDFA target. He’s good at football. pic.twitter.com/Wh01PfOVvV
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) January 19, 2019
E.J. Ejiya, LB – North Texas
Ejiya was an outstanding player at North Texas who had an impressive stat line and gained multiple accolades throughout his collegiate career. This past season, Ejiya had 121 combined tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and nine sacks. Ejiya has potential to help replace C.J. Mosley and if he does, the Ravens found a diamond in the rough. He is 6’3″ and 230 pounds but ran a 4.77 forty yard dash. Even though he has a slower time for the 40, Ejiya is an excellent run-stuffer and could be a potential special teams stud if given the chance. Whether it is on special teams or competing for a linebacker spot, Ejiya should have a good chance to make the team, or at the very least the practice squad.
#NorthTexas LB Ej Ejiya (@dos_Hendrix) impressed during his Pro Day workout. Looked very smooth while participating in drills. Was a first team All-Conference USA 2018 selection who set the school’s single season record for tackles for loss with 25. Finished with 40 career TFL’s.
— Will Christian (@WillChristian95) March 30, 2019