5. Finding Daryl Smith’s Replacement
When the Ravens where wheeling and dealing to make cap space for all of their moves, they released Daryl Smith. Finding his replacement is something the Ravens were then tasked with. A couple weeks ago I wrote an article suggesting that Correa could play inside linebacker. It has since been reported that this is a real possibility (looks like I was right).
The Ravens will have a healthy competition between Correa, Zach Orr and Arthur Brown. Brown was supposed to be the player of the future at this position when he was drafted in 2013. The Ravens even traded up to take him in the second round. Brown has not panned out thus far, and he will have a lot to prove this August. Orr has had glimpses of impressive ability. This competition will be fascinating, but it likely goes to Correa.
These are the five biggest problems the Ravens have addressed this off-season. Overall, much credit should be given to Ozzie Newsome, Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh. They could have done a thing or two differently, but they gave a 5-11 team a chance to compete next season. 2016 should be an interesting year.