Ravens Remain Division-Winning Favorites After Free Agency Slows

Despite pundits seeing the Ravens taking a step again, oddsmakers stay excessive on the Ravens. As free company subsides, these setting the strains see the Ravens atop the AFC North in 2024.

DraftKings Sportsbook locations the Ravens at +115 to win the AFC North. FanDuel Sportsbook have the Ravens at +110 (48% implied likelihood). PFF’s Mason Cameron dove into why the Ravens are on the peak.

“Joe Burrow’s return to the Bengals’ lineup locations Cincinnati (36% implied likelihood) as the best menace to Baltimore’s reign atop the AFC North within the eyes of oddsmakers,” Cameron wrote. “Albeit, that continues to be a steep problem because the Ravens seemingly bolstered their presence on the bottom with the Derrick Henry signing. The Henry and Lamar Jackson pairing is certain to trigger defensive coordinators across the league sleepless nights.”

Trio of Pundits Say Ravens Have “Taken a Step Backward”

It’s been an offseason of turnover for the Ravens, with quite a few gamers and coaches going elsewhere within the NFL. While all groups see change every offseason, the Ravens noticed just a few extra family names depart than others, drawing dismay from a roundtable of pundits hosted by ESPN. Three pundits named the Ravens as a staff that is taken a step backward over the previous week, together with ESPN’s Matt Bowen, Jeremy Fowler and Andscape’s Jason Reid.

“The Ravens added working again Derrick Henry, who’s an improve and a scheme slot in Todd Monken’s offense,” Bowen wrote. “However, that is extra concerning the gamers (and the coaches) who’ve moved on this offseason. Linebacker Patrick Queen, guard John Simpson, security Geno Stone and cornerback Ronald Darby signed free agent contracts with new golf equipment. Plus, former defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald is now the top coach in Seattle, and defensive again coach Dennard Wilson took over because the coordinator in Tennessee.”

While the Ravens did lose just a few starters, their cornerstone contributors stay on the roster. 

For Fowler, it isn’t a lot concerning the losses as it’s delivering on the Ravens’ means of touchdown replacements to take the mantle.

“Baltimore misplaced three starters alongside the offensive line that it should substitute,” Fowler wrote. “This is the Baltimore means, letting veterans stroll in trade for compensatory picks down the road. The Ravens have to shore up that O-line, however they might additionally replenish at receiver with a veteran or excessive draft choose, ideally a real X receiver that Lamar Jackson hasn’t had.”

Reid notes the Ravens’ losses weren’t stunning, as their listing of free brokers was prolonged.

“They entered the season with many pending free brokers, so the losses aren’t surprising. But the Ravens seem like weakened,” Reid wrote. “It would not be stunning if the Ravens took a step backward subsequent season.”

With the parity of the NFL and the Ravens’ excessive degree of success in 2023, it isn’t a sizzling take to count on the Ravens to have issue matching final 12 months’s season. They completed with the No. 1 protection in sacks, takeaways and scoring protection. The offense ranked No. 4 in scoring and Lamar Jackson received league MVP. They went by means of a gauntlet of a schedule and emerged with the No. 1 seed within the AFC by Week 17, going 13-4 and making it to the AFC Championship. With Jackson on the helm and a proficient roster, Baltimore should not be dominated out.

Will the Ravens Need to Trade Up to Land an Offensive Lineman within the 2024 NFL Draft?

The 2024 NFL Draft has been lauded as probably the greatest in latest historical past for offensive line and vast receiver expertise. But after a free company cycle that includes an absence of choices at each positions, The Athletic’s Dane Brugler sees a prolonged run coming in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft.

“There shall be extra vast receivers and offensive tackles drafted within the first spherical this 12 months than every other place,” Brugler stated on “The Athletic Football Show Podcast.” “I do not know if one results the opposite, it is simply type of the way in which it is labored out on this specific draft and this offseason, however I do assume it speaks to the bigger level that hey, if groups have certainly one of these guys, a deal with or receiver that they really feel is a Pro Bowl degree participant, they’re simply not letting him go.”

This has Russell Street Report’s Dev Panchwagh contemplating the Ravens as a staff needing to contemplate a trade-up to land the participant they need.