Former Morgan State tight end joins the Ravens as one of 20 undrafted free agents


(Credits: The Baltimore Sun/Karl Merton Ferron)

Former Morgan State tight end Lamont Bryant was one of the 20 undrafted free agents scooped up and signed by the Baltimore Ravens shortly after the 2012 NFL Draft came to an end on Saturday evening.

One year after another player with local connections, former University of Maryland wide receiver and Baltimore native LaQuan Williams, made the team as an undrafted free agent, Bryant will look to do the same.

The 6-foot-5, 229-pound Bryant saw his stock rise on draft boards with a standout performance at Morgan State’s Pro Day in March. The Newport News, Va. native ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds and benched-pressed 19 reps at 225 pounds.

Last season, Bryant started 11 games for the Bears and lead the team in receptions with 21 for 371 yards and two touchdowns, as he earned All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference First-Team honors.

Bryant, who moved from quarterback to tight end in 2008, showed his versatility for the Bears as he recorded two blocked punts that season in five games on special teams.

In his four years with the Bears, Bryant recorded 44 receptions for 677 yards (15.4 yards per reception) and four touchdowns.

The last tight end to come out of Morgan State and catch on with an NFL team was Visanthe Shiancoe, who was selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Currently, Shiancoe is an employed member of the Minnesota Vikings, as he is set to enter his 10th season in the league.