Scout Premium Content

Ravens' undrafted rookies face uphill climb

Ravens' undrafted rookies face uphill climb

OWINGS MILLS – Matt Zielinski became quite accustomed to being overshadowed on his own campus.<br><br> The Baltimore Ravens' brawny rookie defensive tackle graduated from Duke, the prestigious academic institution and home of the Blue Devils' celebrity basketball team. Meanwhile, the Duke football team is a perennial loser virtually ignored by the student body.<br>

Now, Zielinski and his fellow class of obscure, undrafted rookie free agents are attempting to accomplish something much more challenging than gain collegiate notice: earn a roster spot with the AFC North champions. "I've definitely been an underdog most of my life, especially playing football at Duke with all of the attention the basketball team gets," said Zielinski, an all-Atlantic Coast...

RavensInsider.com Recommended Stories