2017 Baltimore Ravens: 5 Things We Know Before The NFL Draft
The Baltimore Ravens changed their 2017 outlook greatly with a rush of moves in NFL Free Agency. This is what we know, with just over a month until the NFL Draft.
The Baltimore Ravens went 8-8 last season. After a 5-11 2015 season, the Ravens fan base could not be more desperate for a win. This is a team that won the Super Bowl in 2012, which concluded a five year run with at least one playoff win. This is a football town that is used to winning. Period. Plain and simple. Now the Ravens have to deliver.
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Ozzie Newsome and company have begun to deliver. The NFL Draft is the Ravens last chance to shape their future before we get into OTA’s, mini camps and eventually training camp. What should we expect from the roster as it is figured today?
1. The Secondary Shouldn’t Be A Weakness Any More:
The Ravens had a ton of things to sure up when the offseason began. They have now made two moves to add to the secondary. The addition of Eric Weddle in 2016 was the beginning of change in the back end of the Ravens secondary. When the Ravens brought in Weddle last year, it gave Baltimore something to build around. The addition of Tony Jefferson was huge. It now gives the purple and black what could be the best safety duo in the NFL.
The cool thing is that both safeties can do it all. This gives the defense a ton of options. Neither player is pinned to one role. The opponent knowing who the strong and free safety is before the snap, will help the Ravens disguise coverage. Having two leaders in the secondary will help the lives of Jimmy Smith, the newly acquired Brandon Carr and Tavon Young.
The Ravens now have three good corners. Young is a great player to take the nickel corner role. Carr is reliable. When healthy, Smith is a top-tier cornerback. The Ravens need depth at the cornerback position but they now have more talent than they have in a long time.