Outside Linebacker (4)
The Ravens didn’t really change this position, yet they need one more player at this position. Chauncey Rivers has a real shot to make the team as an undrafted free agent, especially if the Ravens don’t add a veteran like Clay Matthews. Rivers totaled 15.5 sacks in the last two seasons at Mississippi State. Rivers should have been drafted and he has the chance to become a solid pass rusher in the NFL.
The Ravens have to hope that this is enough at the outside linebacker position. Look for a big year out of Matt Judon, who will be working with the best defensive line he’s had in his whole career. Judon had just under 10 sacks last season and played very strong football for the Ravens last year. The Ravens need continued progress from Tyus Bowser. The key however could be how much the Ravens can get out of Ferguson.
This is an elite group of cornerbacks. Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters were first team All-Pros last season. Jimmy Smith gives the Ravens a third player who can successfully play man coverage on the outside. Tavon Young spent last season on injured reserve. It’s easy to forget how good he had become as a nickel corner.
It’s hard to have a lot of confidence in Iman Marshall or Anthony Averett, yet they are both young and undeveloped. Marshall is an unknown at this point, but he looked promising coming out of USC in 2019. With the overall talent in the secondary, the Ravens won’t need much out of their fifth and sixth cornerbacks.
The Ravens can develop Geno Stone for the future at the safety position and should get special teams duties out of him. For now, Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark are the starting safeties. There may not be a safety combination with a higher football IQ in the NFL and behind these cornerbacks, that strength can lead to some forced turnovers.
Deshon Elliott and Anthony Levine can be used in sub packages. With Elliott you just hope he can stay healthy. With Levine you know what you’re getting, a versatile NFL veteran who can do everything,.
Special Teams (3):
This isn’t a hard thought roster to quickly tally up to 55. The Ravens are easily one of the most complete teams in the NFL. Through some very solid work in the past handful of years, the Ravens have built a contender. The amount of solid players the Ravens have throughout this proposed 55 man roster is exciting.