The Baltimore Ravens have a track record of excellence in scouting and player development. Baltimore has successfully used the NFL Draft to add Pro Bowlers like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Ray Rice and Terrell Suggs to the roster. Baltimore's scouting successes don't end with the draft. Over the years the Ravens have added several valuable contributors as undrafted free agents.
The Ravens signed the 5'9" Holmes as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Texas. Holmes played mostly on special teams as a rookie in 1997. The diminutive running back got his big break in 1998 when he was inserted into Baltimore's lineup and ran for 1,008 yards and caught 43 passes for another 260 yards. Holmes was a valuable contributor as a dual threat out of the backfield for the Ravens. He served as the third down back on the 2000 team that won Super Bowl XXXV. Holmes left Baltimore following the 2000 season and starred for the Kansas City Chiefs. He compiled over 11,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 94 touchdowns in his career.
The Ravens signed Bart Scott as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois following the 2002 NFL Draft. Scott was a special teams standout for Baltimore for several seasons before finally earning a spot in the starting lineup. Scott started at linebacker for four seasons in Baltimore racking up 16 sacks and 20 passes defensed.
Baltimore signed offensive lineman Mike Flynn of Maine as an undrafted free agent in 1998. After two seasons on the bench Flynn started 16 games at right guard for the 2000 Ravens. He moved to center a year later and started 99 games over the next seven seasons. Flynn retired following the 2007 season after nearly a decade as a mainstay on Baltimore's offensive line.
Safety Will Demps went undrafted out of San Diego State in 2002. The Ravens scooped up Demps as a free agent. He made an immediate impact for his new employers. Demps started 10 games for the Ravens as a rookie. He went on to play alongside Ed Reed in the Ravens' defensive backfield for the next four seasons before heading to the New York Giants.
The Ravens signed linebacker Jameel McClain as an undrafted free agent following the 2008 NFL Draft. The Syracuse product contributed on special teams during his first two seasons. Much like Bart Scott before him McClain parlayed his apprenticeship on special teams into a starting spot in Baltimore's defense. McClain has started 31 games over the past two seasons contributing two sacks, one interception and three fumble recoveries to one of the NFL's best defensive units.
* Information gathered from http://www.pro-football-reference.com/
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