Undrafted free agent and former Miami Hurricane running back Damien Berry will join the Baltimore Ravens, according to reports. The news was announced late Monday night, and confirmed by Baltimore Ravens beat reporter Aaron Wilson.
Berry enters the NFL on the heels a strong senior campaign in which he rushed for 899 yards and five touchdowns, while earning 2010 All-ACC Second Team honors. He also caught ten passes for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Leading into the draft, Berry was highly regarded, ranking as the 26th best running back out of a class of 160. Listing in at five-foot ten inches, 211 pounds, the Belle Glade native impressed scouts at the NFL combine with a top-rated performance in the 20-yard shuttle run.
According to projections at NFL.com, despite going undrafted Berry could become a significant contributor on the right team.
Berry's a potential backup who can also contribute on special teams covering kicks but doesn't possess the explosiveness or power to develop into a starter. Reads his blocks well but doesn't always have enough burst to the hole and lacks the top-end speed to take it the distance when breaking past the second level. Isn't a pile-pusher or a good fit for short yardage situations but does a nice job maintaining balance on contact and can break tackles when defenders fail to wrap up.