The Next Undrafted Gem?

June 26, 2012 | Jeffrey Gilley

The Baltimore Ravens and Ozzie Newsome seem to have a habit of finding late-round steals and signing undrafted players who make a positive impact on the team.  Their coaching and scouting departments are second to none and do a fantastic job of finding talent that no one believed in.  Some names that come to mind are Mike Flynn, Priest Holmes, Bart Scott, and Jameel McClain.

In the famous words of Bart Scott, I “cant wait” to see who the next undrafted gem is and Nigel Carr is a player to keep an eye on.

In July of 2010, Florida State linebacker Nigel Carr’s life changed for the worse.  Carr was arrested on felony charges of theft of a credit card, auto burglary, criminal mischief, and fraud.  Carr was dismissed from the football team and later transferred to Alabama State.  At Alabama State, Carr played in 16 games and totaled three sacks with 73 tackles.

Carr’s college coach, Reggie Barlow called the Ravens to convince them that Carr was a changed man and deserved a chance to make the team.

So far, Carr has not disappointed.  He showcased a great all-around skill set that is necessary for the passing league the NFL has become.  Carr even scored on a pick-six in day three of minicamp.

Carr has received a fair share of praise from the Ravens front office and although he is a long shot to make the final roster, Carr is an interesting player to keep an eye on.

After all, Ozzie Newsome seems to have a lot of success with anything or anyone associated with the state of Alabama.  Especially when it comes to football players.