Ravens fill out roster with undrafted rookies

OWINGS MILLS – The Baltimore Ravens signed 23 undrafted first-year prospects Friday morning prior to coach Brian Billick's first rookie minicamp.

The group includes: cornerback Marcell Allmond (USC), linebacker Brandon Barnes (Missouri), linebacker Cols Colas (Virginia Tech), Monreko Crittenden (Auburn), offensive tackle Eric Dumas (Maryland), tight end Nick Eller (Eastern Illinois), cornerback Lance Frazier (West Virginia), quarterback Brian Gaither (Western Carolina), linebacker John Garrett (Baylor), defensive tackle Douglas Goodwin (Boston College), kicker Clinton Greathouse (Texas Tech), defensive tackle Jesse Mitchell (Ole Miss), long snapper Dan Muhlbach (Texas A&M), offensive tackle Nick Newton (Washington), cornerback Zach Norton (Cincinnati), tight end Brett Pierce (Stanford), receiver Robert Quiroga (Baylor), safety Dave Revill (Utah), running back B.J. Sams (McNeese State), linebacker Phil Smith (Miami, OH), center Lenny Vandermade (USC), running back Brandon Warfield (Utah) and defensive tackle Matt Zielinski.

From this group, Gaither appears to have perhaps the best chance of sticking around. He'll compete with sixth-round draft pick Josh Harris for the third quarterback spot.

Also, Zielinski was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection who had seven sacks last season and picked Baltimore over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Along with promising seventh-round wide receiver/specialist Derek Abney, Sams will audition to return punts and kickoffs.

"There's somebody out here who doesn't think they have much of a chance who's not only going to make this team but is probably going to impact our season," Billick said.

TRYOUT: Nine invited, unsigned players tried out Friday, including former Morgan State standout cornerback Sam Massey. Billick said the team might ultimately sign a few players from that group.

QUOTABLE: Defensive end Dwan Edwards, a second-round pick whose girlfriend gave birth to the couple's second child, a son, earlier this week, recounting a conversation with veteran outside linebacker Adalius Thomas: "He said I had to buy him dinner. Not McDonalds. He said he wanted a steak, actually."

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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