Defense and Special Teams
Defensive Line: Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Willie Henry, Brent Urban, Chris Wormley, Pat Ricard, Zach Sieler
When talking about the Ravens defensive line it’s hard not to turn into the meme of Oprah Winfrey giving cars to the audience. It’s hard not to be like “You get a roster spot and you get a roster spot and you get a roster spot” because the Ravens defensive line is deep. In the end Carl Davis and Bronson Kaufusi are getting cut. Kaufusi hasn’t done much of anything and Sieler has shown more upside than Davis.
Outside Linebacker: Terrell Suggs, Matt Judon, Tim Williams, Tyus Bowser, Za’Darius Smith, Kamalei Correa
This is where we get to have some fun. Talking about the Ravens outside linebackers is talking about the Ravens best position grouping. Terrell Suggs is one of the greatest players of his generation. Matt Judon is his heir apparent and Judon is ready to jump into those big shoes a little early. Tim Williams is showing a burst that he didn’t have last year. Kamalei Correa went from a player doomed to be cut, to a player who was finally in the right spot.
Inside Linebacker: C.J. Mosley, Kenny Young, Patrick Onwuasor
This is an athletic group. While the Will linebacker spot is still up for grabs both Onwuasor and Young have been impressive. C.J. Mosley is a Pro Bowl level linebacker. Once he finds his stride, Young may take a full command of the available inside linebacker hob.
Cornerback: Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Maurice Cannady, Anthony Averret, Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Jimmy Smith returns after week 4)
The Ravens cornerbacks are going to be a strong group. Marlon Humphrey is going to work his way into the elite ranks at the cornerback position. Brandon Carr is a veteran cornerback and the amount of young talent around him is off the charts. The Ravens will be strong at cornerback even without Smith. They will go as far as Humphrey can take them.
Safety: Eric Weddle, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine Sr., Chuck Clark, DeShon Elliott
In addition to having the strongest safety combination in football, the Ravens have depth at the two positions. Chuck Clark and Anthony Levine Sr. are good enough to start on other teams. DeShon Elliott has ball skills and versatility as a rookie.
Special Teams: Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, Morgan Cox
There will be a lot of debate about the Ravens 53 man roster, but none of it will come here. The Ravens have the three best special teams specialists in the NFL.