Our Way Too Early Ravens 53-Man Roster Prediction

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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!

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QB(2):
Joe Flacco
Lamar Jackson

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.

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RB(4):
Alex Collins
Buck Allen
Kenneth Dixon
Patrick Ricard

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.

WR(7):
Michael Crabtree
Willie Snead IV
John Brown
Chris Moore
Jaleel Scott
Jordan Lasley
Tim White

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.

TE(3):
Hayden Hurst
Mark Andrews
Nick Boyle

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.

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OL(9):
Ronnie Stanley
Alex Lewis
Matt Skura
Marshal Yanda
Orlando Brown Jr.
James Hurst
Nico Siragusa
Bradley Bozeman
Gregory Senat

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.

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DL(6):
Brandon Williams
Michael Pierce
Brent Urban
Willie Henry
Chris Wormley
Zach Sieler

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.

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LB(8):
Terrell Suggs
Matt Judon
C.J. Mosley
Patrick Onwuasor
Tyus Bowser
Za’Darius Smith
Tim Williams
Kenny Young

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.

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DB(11):
Jimmy Smith
Eric Weddle
Tony Jefferson
Marlon Humphrey
Tavon Young
Anthony Levine
Brandon Carr
Maurice Canady
Chuck Clark
DeShon Elliott
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.

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ST(3):
Justin Tucker
Sam Koch
Morgan Cox

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:
Jermaine Eluemunor
Bam Bradley
Maxx Williams
Andrew Donnal
Albert McClellan
Bronson Kaufusi
Jaylen Hill
Vince Mayle
Kamalei Correa
Breshad Perriman
DeVier Posey
Quincy Adeboyejo
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!

7 thoughts on “Our Way Too Early Ravens 53-Man Roster Prediction

  1. Paul Stokes

    Jaylen Hill is an interesting one because they were high on him last year before his injury. Thing is, Averett and Elliot look like better players and will be snapped up off the practice squad immediately. I guess Perriman will be cut before his bonus is due. I wouldn’t mind RG3 sticking around just to mentor Jackson but it seems a waste of a roster spot because it wouldn’t surprise me hugely if Jackson ended up starting this year.

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    1. Michael Telford

      Agreed on everything except Lamar starting. I think it would take an injury to Joe, after cutting RGIII, for that to happen.

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  2. Aidan

    Hard for me to see them cutting 2 second round picks in Williams and Correa and a third in kaufusi, despite the lack of contribution. Just a major L for the front office but I guess there’s only 53 spots so we’ll see.

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    1. Michael Telford

      This is a tough one, because at some point, you have to cut your losses. Also, not being on the list doesn’t necessarily mean a cut. There’s ways around having the players active. Some injuries just linger, you know?

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  3. SuperMikey00

    Can’t see the Ravens giving up on Eluemunor after one year when he was understood to be a project. I could see Senat being stashed or making the roster and Skura being in real danger if he doesn’t win the C spot outright.
    Not sure Tim White makes it over Perriman. Have to believe the Ravens would want to give one last chance to a healthy Perriman with a full off season and pre season to gain an ounce of confidence. If he still shows nothing or gets hurt, he’s gone.

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    1. Michael Telford

      Honestly wouldn’t surprise me to see both Senat and Jermaine on the PS – Not making the list doesn’t necessarily mean cut. Difference between White and Perriman is that they don’t owe White 650k on the first day of training camp, and he brings ST value, where Perriman does not.

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