Baltimore Ravens: Parker Graham

The Baltimore Ravens blog won't be giving out a report card until the regular-season opener, but our friends at Pro Football Focus are handing out grades for the Ravens' third preseason game against Washington ...

HIGHEST-GRADED RAVENS

Brandon Williams (4.2): The starting nose tackle was a factor in both the run and pass games. Williams tied for the team lead with five tackles, including two for loss, and delivered a quarterback hit. These aren't the types of numbers you'd expect from a nose tackle.

Rick Wagner (2.1): When watching the game the first time, it looked like Wagner was manhandled by Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Upon further review, Wagner actually held his own except for one sack. For the season, he's the highest-graded starting offensive lineman for the Ravens.

Elvis Dumervil (1.9): The outside linebacker was around the ball, making three tackles and a sack in just 16 snaps. Dumervil is known for getting to the quarterback, but he showed good pursuit in the run game.

Nicholas DiMarco (1.8): This was all for naught. DiMarco, who signed after a minicamp tryout in June, is reportedly among the first cuts by the Ravens.

Anthony Levine (1.8): This rating is even more impressive when you consider this was Levine's first game at cornerback. Levine made the switch from safety because the Ravens are shorthanded at corner. His best play was running stride for stride with Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

LOWEST-GRADED RAVENS

Parker Graham (-3.5): It was a disaster when Graham had to fill in for Jah Reid at right tackle with the second team. This comes after Graham was the lowest-rated Ravens player in the second preseason game.

Crockett Gillmore (-2.5): The third-round pick slipped and was unable to make the catch on a long throw from Joe Flacco. He also got beat to the inside in pass protection, which led to Flacco getting hit.

Terrence Brooks (-2.3): After a strong opening drive, the rookie third-round pick made two big mistakes in the fourth quarter. Brooks was penalized for pass interference and then allowed a touchdown five plays later.

Lorenzo Taliaferro (-2.3): The NFL's leading rusher after two preseason games, Taliaferro struggled to gain 25 yards on 11 carries (2.3-yard average). His longest run was 5 yards.

John Urschel (-1.7): The fifth-round pick is battling Ryan Jensen for one of the last spots on the team. He was graded as the second-worst run-blocker against the Redskins.

Bernard Pierce (-1.7): It was a rough night even before Pierce suffered a head injury. He finished with minus-3 yards on four carries. Pierce also continues to be a liability in pass protection.
The Baltimore Ravens blog won't be giving out a report card until the regular season opener, but our friends at Pro Football Focus are handing out grades for the Ravens' second preseason game at Dallas ...

HIGHEST-GRADED RAVENS

Pernell McPhee (4.8): He led the Ravens with three quarterback hurries and constantly harassed backup quarterback Brandon Weeden. No other Ravens player had more than one hurry.

Elvis Dumervil (2.8): The veteran outside linebacker was one of only three Ravens to have a positive rating in pass rush (McPhee and linebacker Daryl Smith were the others). Dumervil finished with one quarterback hit and one hurry.

Brynden Trawick (2.2): He showed his range by racing over to pick off a pass along the sideline and nearly had a second interception. But the backup safety missed a tackle that led to a touchdown.

Josh Bynes (1.6): The surprising part is Bynes finished as the best coverage linebacker. He is known for his run-stopping skills.

Marshal Yanda (1.6): The three-time Pro Bowl guard was the highest-graded pass blocker in Dallas. No hurries or hits allowed on 21 pass plays.

Dominique Franks (1.6): Most remember Franks for not being able to elevate to break up the touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. The veteran cornerback did a solid job the rest of the way in keeping up with receivers, although that was mostly against the Cowboys' second team.

LOWEST-GRADED RAVENS

Parker Graham (-3.7): The third-string offensive tackle was the lowest graded run blocker, and he also allowed a sack.

Eugene Monroe (-3.0): The starting left tackle allowed a team-high two quarterback hurries and was flagged for illegal use of hands.

C.J. Mosley (-2.8): After an impressive preseason opener, Mosley was the lowest-graded defensive player for the Ravens. The rookie inside linebacker missed a couple of tackles, had trouble getting off blocks and didn't hold up well in coverage.

Dennis Pitta (-2.1): Known for his pass-catching ability, Pitta was one of two Ravens who had a negative rating in run blocking (Graham was the other).

Nicholas DeMarco (-2.0): The reserve outside linebacker was the lowest graded run defender.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked to explain the craziness that ensues to lure the top undrafted rookies over the phone in the hours following the end of the NFL draft.

"It’s a year of college recruiting without the home visits and the campus visits and the meals and all that. It’s a lot cheaper -- it doesn’t cost as much," Harbaugh said with a smile. "College football should think about that."

The Ravens, though, are far from frugal when it comes to closing the deal with the undrafted rookies.

In total, the Ravens spent $73,500 in signing bonuses on 15 undrafted rookies, according to numbers obtained through ESPN Stats & Information. That's $10,000 more than what the rest of the AFC North teams spent combined.

Virginia Tech defensive tackle Derrick Hopkins received the biggest signing bonus at $10,000. The next six most expensive undrafted rookies were either offensive tackles or cornerbacks, two of the biggest areas of need on the team. Two offensive tackles, Oklahoma State's Parker Graham and North Carolina's James Hurst, received $9,000 signing bonuses each. Middle Tennessee State's Sammy Seamster was the highest paid cornerback at $8,000.

Harbaugh believes there is a more overriding factor than money.

"What it really came down to for most of these guys is where was their best opportunity to make the team?" Harbaugh said. "Some of them, they worry about $1,000 here or there, but most of them are concerned with their opportunity.”

There is a major opportunity at right tackle. After not signing or drafting an offensive tackle, the Ravens have penciled in Rick Wagner, a fifth-round pick from last year, as the starter.

Among the undrafted rookies, the front-runner at tackle is Hurst. He was a four-year starter at North Carolina before breaking his leg in last season's bowl game.

"Of course, Hurst at the left tackle draws my attention a lot," Harbaugh said. "He has very good feet. He seems like he’s picking it up quickly. He likes to practice. He has a heavy punch. So, he has a chance.”

At cornerback, the Ravens return four players with experience. That leaves at least one open spot for the likes of Seamster, North Carolina A&T's Deji Olatoye and Texas A&M's Tramain Jacobs.

"We have three big, long guys that we signed, and those guys have looked good," Harbaugh said. "They’re fast; they’re all low 4.4s [40-yard dash speed]. They have long arms, they have pretty good hips, good feet, all of them have good ball skills. So, I think our scouts did a really good job of finding those guys. And then [cornerback Avery] Patterson from Oregon, he’s not as big, but he has really good feet."

While the signing bonus money is guaranteed, a spot on the final roster is not. Last year's highest-paid undrafted rookie was defensive end Will Pericak, who received a $13,500 signing bonus and didn't even make it to the final preseason game.

The two undrafted rookies who made the team two years ago were kicker Justin Tucker (no signing bonus) and wide receiver Deonte Thompson ($4,000 signing bonus). Last year, it was wide receiver Marlon Brown ($5,000) and Brynden Trawick (no signing bonus).

So, which undrafted rookies will make this year's team?

"I told the guys this in the meeting, that there’s not a guy in any of those seats that couldn’t play in the National Football League," Harbaugh said. "Will they be able to? Will they have what it takes mentally and be able to make it happen under the lights and those kinds of things? But physically, they all would have a chance."

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The Baltimore Ravens announced they signed 17 undrafted rookies Monday. That brings their total to 89 players, which leaves one roster spot left.

Of the 17 undrafted rookies, there are four cornerbacks and three offensive tackles. The Ravens didn't draft anyone at either position this year and only had four cornerbacks on the roster before these signings.

Xavius Boyd, LB, Western Kentucky: Led the Sun Belt in tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (8.5).

Levi Brown, DT, Temple: The 310-pound nose tackle played in 43 career games and was a senior captain last season.

Jeremy Butler, WR, Tennessee-Martin: The 6-foot-2 possession receiver caught 141 passes and scored 20 touchdowns in two seasons.

Jace Davis, WR, North Colorado: Averaged 15.2 yards per catch during his career and caught 44 passes last season.

Parker Graham, OT, Oklahoma State: The versatile lineman started all 12 games for the Cowboys last season, five at left tackle and seven at right guard.

Derrick Hopkins, DT, Virginia Tech: Second-team All-ACC selection recorded 49 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, four sacks, a blocked kick and a 40-yard fumble return.

James Hurst, OT, North Carolina: Four-year starter broke his left leg in the Belk Bowl in late December and had been projected to go as early as the fifth round.

Tramain Jacobs, CB, Texas A&M: Started six of 13 games last season with one interception and eight passes defensed.

Richie Leon, P, Houston: Handled punts, kickoffs and field goals for most of last season. He averaged 43.2 yards on punts (24th in the nation), and nearly 50 percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

Jamie Meder, DT, Ashland: The two-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference defensive lineman of the year was a four-year starter.

Dexter Moody, S, Albany State: The converted linebacker totaled 45 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, a forced fumble, a blocked punt and three interceptions.

Deji Olatoye, CB, North Carolina A&T: Recorded five interceptions and 18 passes defensed in 21 games while playing cornerback and safety. He left Colorado after being suspended for an off-the-field issue.

Zachary Orr, LB, North Texas: Made a career-high 123 tackles (fifth most in school history) and was named to the 2013 Conference USA Football All-Academic team.

A.J. Pataiali'i, DT, Utah State: The 307-pound nose tackle finished first among defensive linemen on his team with 42 total tackles, which included 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

Avery Patterson, CB, Oregon: He converted from cornerback to safety in college, but he's listed as a corner with the Ravens. He picked off six passes in his final two seasons.

Sammy Seamster, CB, Middle Tennessee State: Has intriguing size and speed but wasn't a full-time starter last season.

Brett Van Sloten, OT, Iowa: The converted tight end made 25 straight starts at right tackle and was part of was part of an offensive line that allowed just 15 sacks, fewest in the Big Ten.

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