Of course, the Baltimore Ravens were very focused on upgrading their linebackers in the 2020 NFL Draft, which pushed talented linebackers down on their depth chart. One such prospect is Aaron Adouye, a 2019 undrafted player from the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks football programs. He has been with the Baltimore Ravens for two years now and has yet to be promoted to their active roster.
So what is the interest in a two-year practice squad linebacker? Well, for starters, this linebacker is 6-foot-6 and weighs in at a featherweight 250-pounds. When researching his statistics, he showed up more frequently as a college basketball player. With his size and weight, it makes perfect sense that he would be a dual-sport athlete.
Versatility plus plus
A player who stands that tall yet can move with the grace and balance of a successful basketball player is not someone who should be taken lightly. With his height and reach alone, he becomes a mountainous obstacle to quarterbacks trying to thread a pass over the middle. And he played outside linebacker for the AAF Birmingham Iron, where an eight-game season landed him with 13 tackles and 0.5 sacks
Adouye is a project signing, for certain. But what a great raw talent to add to the vault for defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. He has the size to play outside, and the strength and balance to play inside. He’s simply young and inexperienced. While that should not get the Rams too excited this year, he too could contribute on special teams for now, and train for a larger role later.