The Ravens added some depth to the team this evening with the signing of free agent LB Nick Greisen and cornerback Frank Walker from the Green Bay Packers. Greisen was impressive last year when he was with the Ravens, and a lot of the coaches talked about how quickly he picked up the special teams and defensive packages. Nick was also a good guy to have in the locker room. As I wrote earlier this morning, this may even be more of an indication that Gary Stills could be on his way out of Baltimore. Greisen was solid when he filled in at linebacker and was very solid on special teams.
Frank Walker will be a guy that will probably get a lot of looks at the nickelback position for the Ravens and will add some veteran depth at cornerback. Here is the scouting report on Frank when he was drafted in the 6th round by the Giants:
6th Round – CB Frank Walker (5-11, 200lbs, 4.51, Tuskegee):
Scouting Report: Smooth and fluid athlete with good size. Does well in bump-and-run coverage. Can run with receivers deep and has burst. Raw – needs development. Big hitter. Aggressive against the run, but needs to wrap up better when tackling. One draft report said he has been timed in the 4.35-range and did not give up a reception in six games his senior season
It will be interesting to see what happens to Derrick Martin, Ronnie Prude, and David Pittman. The one advantage that Martin has is that he is very solid on special teams. It will also be interesting to see if Walker can wrestle away the nickel position away from Corey Ivy.
Again much like Ayanbadejo, these are not moves that are going to be the lead story on ESPN or NFL Network tonight, but they are adding solid depth to a team that had some glaring weaknesses at positions last year.