Ranking the Ravens’ Position Groups From Strongest to Weakest

The Baltimore Banner’s Giana Han took inventory of the Ravens’ roster heading into the draft and ranked the 11 place teams from strongest to weakest.

Not surprisingly, tight ends and specialists took the highest two spots. As famous in Late for Work earlier this week, Sports Illustrated ranked each of these models as the easiest within the NFL.

Defensive linemen had been subsequent on Han’s checklist.

“The largest information of the offseason arguably wasn’t operating again Derrick Henry’s signing however fairly Justin Madubuike’s extension,” Han wrote. “While the operating again place has slowly misplaced a few of its luster within the trendy NFL, disruptive inside defensive linemen are quickly gaining worth. Plus, Madubuike is far youthful and is on an extended contract. He’ll have the benefit of being surrounded by acquainted faces subsequent 12 months. Michael Pierce and Broderick Washington have signed extensions, and Brent Urban elected to return. Travis Jones, a third-rounder in 2022, might take a step ahead in his third season.”

Han ranked offensive linemen because the weakest place group, which additionally wasn’t a shock contemplating the Ravens misplaced three starters from the unit this offseason.

Wide receivers had been the Ravens’ second-weakest unit in Han’s estimation.

“Of their two veteran free brokers, the Ravens signed the extra inconsistent performer however cheaper possibility in Nelson Agholor,” Han wrote. “They have two younger gamers with potential in Zay Flowers and Rashod Bateman, however the depth chart just about stops there. [Head Coach John] Harbaugh mentioned he has excessive hopes for Bateman, who performed properly and stayed wholesome however struggled to discover a reference to [Lamar] Jackson. His progress can be important to the success of the group.

“Harbaugh additionally talked about Tylan Wallace as a possible a part of the rotation. Wallace’s massive second final 12 months was a punt return — he made only one catch on offense final 12 months. For a place that often places three guys on the sphere directly and makes use of a rotation, three, possibly 4, choices just isn’t sufficient.”

Edge rusher has usually been recognized as a weak spot for the Ravens this offseason, however Han moved the unit as much as seventh in her rankings due to the re-signing of Kyle Van Noy final week.

“[Jadeveon] Clowney and Van Noy had been essential to the Ravens’ success. Clowney’s departure is a serious hit, however the information that Van Noy is returning shot this place up two spots on the checklist,” Han wrote. “Now, they’re going to have Van Noy to play alongside Odafe Oweh, who has but to achieve his potential however acquired excessive reward from General Manager Eric DeCosta when he spoke on the NFL mix. David Ojabo can be again, though it stays to be seen if he can keep wholesome. He was restricted to 2 video games final season.

“[Malik] Harrison’s return is essential for depth at each linebacker and particular groups, however he hasn’t proven he could be a nine-sack rusher like Clowney and Van Noy had been. Tavius Robinson, who performed in all 17 video games totally on particular groups, gives some potential upside coming into his second 12 months.”

Ravens Address Fifth-Year Option Decisions and Possibility of Making Moves Before the Draft

Among the takeaways from the Ravens’ pre-draft press convention (aka the Liars Luncheon) was that no determination (or at the very least announcement) has been made relating to whether or not the workforce will choose up the fifth-year choices on the rookie contracts of Bateman and Oweh. The deadline for these selections is May 2.

“Bateman and Oweh, the Nos. 27 and 31 general picks within the 2021 draft, respectively, have proven flashes of their first-round expertise of their three seasons in Baltimore. But their value tags might be prohibitive, even at premium positions,” The Baltimore Banner’s Jonas Shaffer wrote. “Bateman, who has 1,167 receiving yards in his injury-marred profession, could be owed $14.3 million in 2025. Oweh, who has 13 profession sacks, could be due $13.3 million.”

Another takeaway was that the Ravens are unlikely to make any extra noteworthy acquisitions previous to the draft.

“While acknowledging that alternatives might at all times come up, DeCosta downplayed the probabilities of the Ravens making a big addition earlier than the draft, describing final week’s signing of Van Noy as ‘one of many final issues on my guidelines,'” The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec wrote.

Our Clifton Brown and Ryan Mink named 10 issues we (possibly) discovered from the press convention, and Mink and Garrett Downing broke down the most important speaking factors from the afternoon on “The Lounge” podcast.