The Baltimore Ravens’ rookie camp started last Friday, with all eight rookies now under contract.
Baltimore signed their top pick, linebacker Courtney Upshaw, to a four-year contract worth almost $5.3 million. During Upshaw’s last season with Alabama, he recorded 9.5 sacks and 51 tackles. Look for him to be an immediate starter in the Ravens lineup.
Second-round pick, Kelechi Osemele from Iowa State, received a four-year deal worth $3.34 million. Osemele was part of an Iowa State team last season that won six games. Osemele will look to fill the hole that was left by Ben Grubbs, due to his departure to New Orleans.
The Ravens inked third-round running back Bernard Pierce to a four-year deal worth $2.65 million. Last season at Temple, Pierce rushed for 1,481 yards on 273 attempts— a 5.4 yard per carry average. Pierce also recorded 27 rushing touchdowns.
The Ravens also added Gino Gradkowski, a guard out of Delaware. Baltimore signed the guard to a four-year deal, where he will make $2.584 million. Gradkowski will look to take over current center Matt Birk’s position once he retires. Gradkowski also looks to reunite with former Delaware Blue Hen, and Baltimore quarterback, Joe Flacco.
The Ravens inked both of their fifth-round picks, Asa Jackson and Christian Thompson. Thompson, a defensive back out of South Carolina State, received a four-year deal. Asa Jackson, a defensive back out of Cal Poly also received a four-year deal, worth $2.24 million. The Ravens will look to enhance their secondary by adding the two defensive backs to their current secondary which contains former first-round pick, Jimmy Smith.
Sixth-round pick Tommy Streeter was signed to a four-year deal for $2.194 million. The 6-5 receiver recorded 46 receptions for 811 yards last season, as well as 8 touchdowns. After the Ravens released Lee Evans earlier this offseason, they will look to use Streeter as their third receiver.
Baltimore added their last pick, DeAngelo Tyson, a defensive end out of Georgia, to a four-year $2.148 million dollar deal. Drafting Tyson was not the first step that the Ravens took to improve their line. They also added nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu, who played for the Ravens in 2002. In addition, the Ravens signed former Bronco, Ryan McBean, who also plays nose tackle.
It was a surprise that the Ravens were able to sign all of their draft picks so quickly; last year they had to wait until July 29th to sign 1st-rounder Jimmy Smith. Fortunately this year, the Ravens will head into training camp without having the burden to sign any of their draft picks.