The Baltimore Banner Begins Countdown of Top 20 Ravens for 2024

The Baltimore Banner’s Jonas Shaffer is rating the Ravens’ high 20 gamers based mostly on their projected affect this season.

Thus far, Shaffer has revealed Nos. 11-20. Here’s a have a look at three compelling names on his listing:

“Not way back, this seemed like a crossroads season for Bateman. His third 12 months in Baltimore had taken on all of the contours of his irritating Ravens profession: harm questions, dormant stretches, a couple of moments of brilliance. Then, in April, the 2021 first-round decide signed a contract extension via the 2026 season, undercutting a number of the make-or-break urgency round his 2024.

“The expertise to launch a breakout 12 months remains to be there; first-round decide Nate Wiggins referred to as Bateman essentially the most tough extensive receiver to cowl this offseason, and tight finish Mark Andrews has mentioned he seems ‘unimaginable.’ Bateman’s well being, for now, is in place, too. His subsequent step is essential. Can he lastly convert his route-running capability right into a reference to Jackson? Last 12 months, Jackson seldom seemed for Bateman (32 catches for 367 yards). They’ll want one another greater than ever this season.”

“It’s laborious to guess towards the Ravens’ observe document of first-round cornerbacks. Duane Starks (1998) had 5 interceptions as a rookie. Chris McAlister (1999) began 12 video games. Jimmy Smith (2011) appeared in 12 regardless of an ankle harm. Marlon Humphrey (2017) performed over half of the snaps for one of many NFL’s greatest defenses.

“Wiggins, taken No. 30 general, waited the longest of these Day 1 picks, however General Manager Eric DeCosta referred to as him ‘the perfect cowl nook’ on this 12 months’s draft and a possible ‘true shutdown-type nook.’ Standing within the Clemson product’s method are measurement considerations and a crowded depth chart, each of which is perhaps resolved earlier than lengthy. The Ravens have a improvement plan in place for the thin Wiggins, who ought to discover a position within the protection as a rookie, particularly if accidents once more befall the staff’s secondary.”

“The excellent news: Oweh is primed for a breakout season. Despite lacking 4 video games with an ankle harm final 12 months, Oweh completed thirty second within the NFL in pressures amongst edge rushers, in keeping with PFF. His strain price, in keeping with the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, ranked forward of these of the Minnesota Vikings’ Danielle Hunter (now with the Houston Texans), the Detroit Lions’ Aidan Hutchison and the Chicago Bears’ Montez Sweat, all of whom had a minimum of 11.5 sacks.

“The dangerous information: Although pressures are extra predictive of sacks than sacks themselves, takedowns have been elusive all through Oweh’s profession. The 2021 first-round decide had simply 5 sacks in 2023, matching a profession excessive, and his sack price ranked forty fourth amongst qualifying edge rushers. Still, the bodily gifted Oweh is in good palms with move rush coach Chuck Smith. With a lift in confidence from the Ravens’ offseason pickup of his fifth-year possibility, Oweh might simply double his sack numbers this 12 months.”