Preparing for this weekend’s rookie minicamp, the Ravens officially assigned jersey numbers to their 2015 draft picks on Tuesday.
WR Breshad Perriman – No. 18
Skinny: Let’s hope this number works out better for Perriman than it did for Elvis Grbac, who retired after his lone season in Baltimore in 2001.
TE Maxx Williams – No. 87
Skinny: If you were one of the few to throw caution to the wind and buy a Demetrius Williams jersey years ago, you’re in luck.
DT Carl Davis – No. 94
Skinny: Someone might have wanted to steer Davis in another direction after failed draft picks John Simon and Sergio Kindle wore this number in recent years.
LB Za’Darius Smith – No. 90
Skinny: With so many comparison being made to Pernell McPhee, it’s fitting that Smith was assigned this number.
RB Buck Allen – No. 37
Skinny: Former Ravens running back Ant Allen wore No. 35, but the 2015 fourth-round pick has much more upside than the former special-teams player.
CB Tray Walker – No. 25
Skinny: Some joked that Walker should sport the No. 41 formerly worn by the maligned Frank Walker, but he instead takes Asa Jackson’s number after the veteran switched to No. 27, Ray Rice’s old jersey.
TE Nick Boyle – No. 82
Skinny: The Ravens wasted no time assigning Torrey Smith’s old number to the second tight end they selected in this year’s draft.
G Robert Myers – No. 70
Skinny: I’ll bet on Myers working out better than former sixth-rounder Ramon Harewood, who wore this number after being taken one spot ahead of future All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown in 2010.
WR Darren Waller – No. 12
Skinny: The 6-foot-6 receiver won’t factor into the return game like Jacoby Jones, but I’m still looking forward to watching him this summer.
The NFL also announced final dates and times for all preseason games, with the Ravens schedule below:
Week 1: Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. New Orleans Saints, 7:30 p.m.
Week 2: Saturday, Aug. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:00 p.m.
Week 3: Saturday, Aug. 29 vs. Washington Redskins, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4: Thursday, Sept. 3 at Atlanta Falcons, 7:00 p.m.