Karpovich additionally notes they will nonetheless add extra expertise within the draft.

“DeCosta will attempt to add playmakers with 9 picks on this 12 months’s draft as a result of the crew wants depth at virtually each place on the protection,” Karpovich wrote. “… The beginning lineup may embrace a mixture of veteran gamers and rookies subsequent season.”

Ravens Tight End Unit Ranks No. 1 within the NFL

The Ravens tight finish room has been top-of-the-line within the NFL over the previous few years. For Sports Illustrated’s Matt Verderame, Baltimore’s expertise and depth wins out. Verderame ranked the Ravens tight finish room No. 1 within the NFL.

“For the previous few seasons, the Ravens have had the luxurious of getting Mark Andrews on the sphere, a dependable goal and blocker for two-time MVP Lamar Jackson. But now they’ve two versatile tight ends after the emergence of Isaiah Likely, who stepped up for the injured Andrews final season,” Verderame wrote. “Once once more, the Ravens confirmed why they’re top-of-the-line groups at drafting gamers — Andrews was a 2018 third-round decide and Likely was chosen as a ’22 fourth rounder.”

The Ravens graced Verderame’s checklist as soon as extra with their kicking unit being ranked No. 1.

“The Cowboys and Chiefs can quibble with this primarily based on the best way Brandon Aubrey and Harrison Butler kicked in 2023, however Tucker will possible stay the usual right here till he retires,” Verderame wrote. “Tucker is a five-time first-team All-Pro, and final 12 months missed solely six kicks between area targets and further factors.”

Brian Baldinger Ranks Ravens the No. 2 Team within the AFC

The thrilling additions of free company additional provided groups within the AFC with expertise. The Houston Texans and New York Jets have bolstered their rosters, the Pittsburgh Steelers introduced in quarterback Russell Wilson and the convention might be much more aggressive than final season. However, NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger is not letting the strikes change his opinion that the Ravens are a critical Super Bowl contender, rating them No. 2 within the AFC.

“I believe Derrick Henry coming to Baltimore, with Lamar [Jackson] … They misplaced a number of offensive linemen in free company, however they restock offensive linemen the best way Wal-Mart shares cabinets,” Baldinger stated. “They’re coming. They’re coming in waves. You can rely on it. They already acquired the alternative for John Simpson at left guard. He’s already on the roster. They’ll get that completed.”

Baldinger additionally has confidence within the protection.

“Defensively, they simply re-signed Kyle Van Noy, who was an enormous issue final 12 months,” Baldinger stated. “And you take a look at what they’ve defensively. Roquan [Smith] continues to be there. They’ll exchange Patrick Queen. They’re nonetheless going to be superb defensively. I acquired Baltimore nonetheless in that No. 2 spot.”

Quick Hits

  • CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin predicts the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers could return to the playoffs in 2024, citing all is driving on Deshaun Watson for the Browns and the Steelers have “holes at premium spots like wideout and cornerback.”