Ravens sign three draft picks, ink 18 rookie free agents

July 27, 2011 | Luke Jones

Former Maryland receiver Torrey Smith became the Ravens’ first draft pick to sign a contract, reaching a four-year agreement on Wednesday night.

The second-round pick told media on Tuesday he expected to have a deal in place very soon. With the release of veteran receiver Derrick Mason becoming official on Thursday, Smith could become a much bigger part of the passing game than originally thought. Of course, that depends on who the Ravens might pluck in free agency over the next week.

Multiple reports indicate the Ravens have also signed fourth-round receiver Tandon Doss (Indiana) and sixth-round quarterback Tyrod Taylor (Virginia Tech). As of late Wednesday, the team had five remaining picks to sign including cornerback Jimmy Smith (Colorado), who was selected with the 27th overall pick.

After several days of speculation and rumors, the Ravens have also signed 18 rookie free agents, highlighted by local products LaQuan Williams and Walter Sanders.

RB Damien Berry, Miami
RB Walter Sanders, St. Augustine’s
WR Rod Bradley, Hawaii
WR LaQuan Williams, Maryland
TE Johdrick Morris, Southern Mississippi
C Tim Barnes, Missouri
C Ryan Bartholomew, Syracuse
G Justin Boren, Ohio State

DT Bryan Hall, Arkansas State
LB Josh Bynes, Auburn
LB Anthony Leon, Arkansas
LB Chavis Williams, Alabama
S Eugene Clifford, Tennessee State
S Michael Ricks, Stillman
S Nate Williams, Washington
CB Talmadge Jackson, Oregon
CB Josh Victorian, Louisiana Tech

LS Patrick Scales, Utah State