The Ravens had a local-boy-makes-good story last training camp when wide receiver LaQuan Williams, a Baltimore native and Poly grad, made the team as an undrafted rookie.
The fairy tale could play out again this fall after the Ravens signed undrafted offensive tackle James Carmon from Mississippi State. Carmon was among nearly two dozen undrafted players the Ravens signed in the hours after the NFL Draft ended.
Carmon grew up in Baltimore and starred at City College. Now, like Williams, he has a chance to compete for his hometown team.
Its definitely a dream come true, Carmon told the Baltimore Suns Jeff Zrebiec.
Carmon, who failed to qualify academically out of high school, spent two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He was named the nation's top junior college defensive tackle and then moved on to Mississippi State. He started three games at defensive tackle with the Bulldogs in 2010, then moved to left tackle last season and started eight games.
Carmon, 6-foot-6 and 330 pounds, is viewed as a raw prospect with physical tools.
He's a gifted athlete for his size who at worst is worth a developmentalfree agent grade, wrote the National Football Posts Wes Bunting in a pre-draft scouting report. He's the type of lineman I would love to havedevelop on my practice squad for a year and see how much he can develop."
CBS Sports.com rated Carmon the 28th-best offensive tackle in the draft and labeled him as a borderline draft pick. In the end, his name was not called, but the end result was fine with Carmon.
The whole process was really stressful. I wasnt sure if I was going to be taken, but everything happens for a reason, Carmon told the Sun.
It's considered a long-shot for any undrafted rookie to make the team, but the Ravens have a long history of success with such players, including Mike Flynn, Priests Holmes, Bart Scott, Jameel McClain and Williams.
Carmon is familiar with the story of Williams, who came out of Poly and Maryland and made the Ravens last fall as a special teams player and reserve wide receiver.
He made it, and thats what I want to do, Carmon said.