These three undrafted rookies have the best chance to make the Baltimore Ravens’ final 53-man roster
Every year the Baltimore Ravens have a habit of finding great value from their undrafted free agent hauls. In some cases, their UDFA pick-ups become better pro players than some of the players they drafted (ex. Patrick Mekari, 2019). Some of their better role players weren’t drafted and instead had to wait with anticipation for their phones to ring after the draft’s proceedings. Important names found from the UDFA wire have been running back Gus Edwards, fullback Patrick Ricard, and defensive tackle Maʻake Kemoeatu.
Although the 2022 UDFA class for the Baltimore Ravens doesn’t seem as impressive as in other years, there are still some talented ball players in this group. There are plenty of name talents from big programs that have found their way onto the Baltimore Raven’s training camp rosters. Sure, they may not become starters, however, they could make for quality depth players going into the season.
Slade Bolden – Wide Receiver
Slade Bolden was one of the few players media evaluators were surprised was still available at the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft. Despite not having the gaudiest numbers or elite athleticism, Bolden was a solid role player for the Alabama Crimson Tide and could have been selected sometime in the later rounds. Bolden was lost in the shuffle during his college career but now has a chance to make a name for himself albeit in an even more competitive environment.
Bolden finished his career at Alabama with 408 receiving yards on 68 receptions for only four total touchdowns. He showed solid hands and had little trouble manipulating separation on the underneath routes. Despite never having a standout college highlight, Bolden has been making flashy plays for the Baltimore Ravens, including a diving catch during the team’s Saturday practice.
The Baltimore Ravens usually carry seven wide receivers on their roster and Bolden could very well cement himself as one of them if he continues to put up consistent practices. Even if he doesn’t see too many offensive snaps, he could see a role as the Baltimore Ravens return man in 2022.
Jeremiah Moon – EDGE Rusher
Similar to Bolden, former Florida linebacker Jeremiah Moon was sort of the forgotten man in the Gator’s pass rush rotation. In a room that included the likes of Brenton Cox Jr, Princely Umanmielen, Khris Bogle, and Zachary Carter, Moon was the odd man out and his move to off-ball linebacker was reflected in that. Moon had some promising athletic traits and flashed as a run defender but had pedestrian college stats, finishing his college career with the Gators with eight sacks and 14 tackles for a loss.
The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec described Moon as a potential “dark-horse” candidate to make the Baltimore Ravens final roster despite flashing throughout the early offseason practices. The team is incredibly thin at outside linebacker now that Vince Biegel is out for the rest of the season and now the door is open for another player to step-up. Even with rookie David Ojabo potentially coming back by midseason, Moon now has an opportunity to cement his spot on the roster.
Shemar Bridges – Wide Receiver
Of the Baltimore Ravens fan favorite rookies, no other player other than Bolden is more popular than former Fort Valley State receiver Shemar Bridges. Displaying incredible size at 6-5, 210 pounds, Bridges has been looking smooth in practice despite being an undrafted free agent rookie. And like Bolden, he’ll be in the running for one of the Baltimore Ravens’ seven wide receivers, providing he shows out in preseason games.
What sets apart Bridges in this group however is how well he seems to be doing the little things that make an impact such as winning over his teammates. According to Zrebiec, Bridges made an incredible downfield block for his teammate James Proche to which Proche congratulated him afterward. Even so, Bridges made plenty of great plays during his first week of training camp, winning many one-on-one matchups which have caught the attention of the Baltimore Ravens coaching staff.