The draft has come and gone, leaving us with a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions, the latter because we know that Ozzie will never be the mastermind behind the picks again. Analysis and draft grades are being done by any journalist or blogger worth their salt, so I want to go in a different direction – a way too early 53 man roster for the Baltimore Ravens. Let’s get into it!
The Ravens generally keep two QBs on roster, and RGIII’s contract makes it easy to cut him before the season starts. It wouldn’t shock me to see RGIII stay on if the Ravens don’t feel like Jackson is ready, but if they follow tradition, this is how the position will look.
First, I’m aware that Ricard actually takes a DL spot, not a RB spot, but for the purposes of this article, I’m sticking him in here. I do think that UDFA Gus Andrews has a shot at making the team – he’s a bigger running back that plays well downhill, and has shades of Buck Allen in his game. Collins is the starter, and Allen/Dixon will battle it out for the pass catcher role.
Willie Snead IV
This group took me awhile, simply because of the number of wideouts that we have on the camp roster. Some may disagree with Adeboyejo not being on the list, but he doesn’t offer anything past a low tier wide receiver, at this point. Moore and White both offer special teams upside, therefore they earn a spot. The rookies offer too much to risk putting them on the practice squad.
Maxx Williams can’t stay healthy. Darren Waller can’t stay on the field. Neither one of them are particularly good blockers. Ozzie drafted the new tight ends for a reason, so this one was fairly simple to do.
Orlando Brown Jr.
We have an obnoxious amount of players designated as OL, but the list is fairly clear-cut. They paid Hurst, so he’s staying. Ronnie is the obvious LT, and either Hurst or Lewis will be LG. Center is a position battle consisting of Skura, Siragusa, Bozeman, and potentially one other UDFA OL. Depth players include Senat, and whoever doesn’t win the RT/C/LG positions.
The defensive line seems pretty clear cut – the rookie isn’t getting thrown out, even though he looks like a 5 technique guy. Each of the others have been big contributors at some point, outside of Wormley, who’s a second year player down the depth chart. He should get more opportunity to show his growth this preseason.
The future of our pass rush looks pretty good. Never mind that Suggs is still playing at a high level at 37 years old. Judon had himself a year in 2017, ranking 4th in percentage of pressures per snaps. Bowser showed flashes of what he could be in the limited time he saw. Mosley is.. well, he’s Mosley, who even on a down year due to no coverage help, was a Top 5 MLB. Young could win the job from Peanut, based on coverage ability, and Williams was an absolute stud in college, keeping him on the roster for another year.
Anthony Averett Jr.
Ozzie is on record saying that you can never have too many corners. I think he’s embraced that.. fully. We have 6 starting caliber corners, and a handful of safeties that could all earn starting roles, either this year or down the road. We have an embarrassment of riches at this position, a nice change from a couple of years ago, when our 5th and 6th corners blew two 14-point leads in the playoffs. I’d assume that we keep everybody listed, for fear of injury and because they’re simply too good to flat out cut.
I mean.. come on. You think the UDFA LS is going to take Morgan’s spot? You think anybody is knocking out AutomaTuck? Next year, we may start looking for Sam’s replacement, but for now, the best special teams unit in football remains intact.
Not On List:
Robert Griffin III
This portion is incomplete. I wasn’t going to take the time to list camp bodies or futures contracts. Some of these names will end up on the practice squad, as well as some of the UDFAs that we signed this week.
I realize that this list was made far too early, and it may be very different when it comes time for the one-cut from 90 players. However, I took a swing at it, based on what I’ve seen, and history of the team. Let me know who you think makes it, or who gets cut, in the comments section!