Eli Wolf signs with the Baltimore Ravens

By: 
Seth Kinker
Sports Editor

Former Tennessee Volunteer, Georgia Bulldog and Minster native and alum Eli Wolf has signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL).

The Wildcat career record holder for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns signed with the Ravens shortly after the draft completed on Apr. 25. 

At 7:16 p.m. Wolf tweeted out a graphic on his social media page with a picture of him in his Georgia uniform and a Ravens logo stating, “Blessed for this opportunity! @Ravens”     

Wolf’s preparation for the draft began shortly after the Bulldogs Sugar Bowl win over Baylor with the East-West All-Star game. 

“(I was) staying in shape and trying to perform as well as I could for that, putting my first step forward and making a good impression on scouts,” said Wolf in an over the phone interview on Saturday evening. “After that the plan was to train hard and perform well at Georgia’s Pro Day that ultimately didn’t end up happening because of COVID-19.”  

Wolf had been training for the last three months to prepare for the Pro Day, once it was canceled his trainer suggested doing a virtual pro day of their own. It wasn’t ideal, but it was still something to send out to scouts and general managers. 

“It can definitely help you or hurt you,” said Wolf of the NFL combine and Pro Days. “In my case I trained really hard and thought it was definitely something that could help me. Some organizations put a lot of weight into Pro Days and some don’t, it’s kind of different across the board.”

On Mar. 28, the 6’4.5” 245-lb. Wolf ran a 4.43 40-yard dash, benched the NFL standard 225 lbs. 23 times, ran the shuttle in 4.06 seconds, had a 35” vertical jump, a 10-foot broad jump and a 6.72 second three cone drill.

Had the disease not been around, Wolf would have remained in Knoxville training. Instead, Wolf connected with his brother, Ethan, who signed a reserves/futures contract this offseason with the Los Angeles Rams and the two worked out together. 

“Since everything’s been closed down we’ve found creative ways to get our workouts in,” said Wolf. “Running hills, working out in our parents basement, in the garage. Just finding ways to stay in shape and stay ready. It hasn’t been easy but we’ve found ways to do it."

Once the seriousness of the pandemic began to set in, Wolf decided he wasn’t going to make any plans for the draft and would just watch it wherever he was. 

That ended up being back in Minster with his family.  

Leading up to the draft Wolf told The Community Post he had talked to 15 or 16 teams but didn’t know if they were interested in drafting him or signing him to a free agent deal. 

“When it started to get late in the draft, teams started to take interest,” said Wolf. “Ultimately, Baltimore seemed like the best fit for me to allow me to continue my career in the NFL. I’m hungry and ready to work. With this pandemic I've been sitting around. After working out, I lay around all day. I'm ready to get back to ball. I’m excited for it, the future is a little unsure of when we’ll get back to normal things but I’m excited and pumped to be a Raven.” 

Wolf has already spoken to the Ravens who told him to enjoy his evening and that they would be in touch tomorrow. 

The pandemic has created a questionable foreseeable future and Wolf told The Community Post he doesn’t know what the plans are yet besides a virtual rookie minicamp in early May. 

“I’m going to eat a nice dinner and just be with my family," said Wolf of his celebratory plans. "It's pretty rare we get the whole family together with how big of a family it really is. Just being together before I get shipped back off to Tennessee to continue training. It’ll be good to be around family.”