The Ravens have signed running back Kenneth Dixon, one of their five fourth-round draft picks, CSN has confirmed.
Dixon became the second of the Ravens’ 11 draft picks to sign, joining defensive end -- linebacker Matt Judon, their fifth-round pick who signed Thursday night. Terms of Dixon’s four-year contract were not immediately known.
Dixon is part of a crowded Ravens backfield picture that also includes Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Terrance West, Trent Richardson, and Terrence Magee.
However, Dixon could earn playing time immediately if his production per carry translates from college to the NFL.
The Ravens struggled to run the ball in short-yardage situations and in the red zone last year, two areas were Dixon might help.
Dixon had 4,480 rushing yards and 72 rushing touchdowns during his college career at Louisiana Tech. He also caught 88 passes for 972 yards and 15 touchdowns, and some scouts rated Dixon as the best pass-catching back in the draft.
Dixon will begin trying to earn the coaching staff’s immediate confidence during the Ravens’ two-day rookie minicamp which begins Friday.