Inside Linebacker: 7
The only concern to be had with the inside linebacker group for the Ravens is that it is such a young one. Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison are the exact type of players the Ravens were looking for but their inexperience has to be factored in. This is a big jump from my confidence ranking in the beginning of March.
Adding the two highly touted rookies at the position helps. Queen, Harrison and L.J. Fort is a good trio. I expect the Ravens to be better. I expect Queen to establish himself as a star and the Ravens to get solid play out of Harrison. With that being said, inexperience is a factor.
Outside linebacker: 6
Before offseason moves I gave the Ravens a confidence score of three. The only addition to the group was Pernell McPhee (who was with the Ravens last season but got hurt halfway through). Why did the Ravens take a three step jump here? With this defensive line, Matt Judon and company should be able to win off the edge better.
Baltimore kept mostly the same outside linebackers yet they dramatically improved their situation. Judon has a chance to have a career year. McPhee will be solid. Then the Ravens just have to figure out what they can get from Jaylon Ferguson and Tyus Bowser. This isn’t an elite group however it’s not bad either.
So the Ravens have Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young? That’s not fair to the rest of the league. There isn’t much explaining that has to go into this. The Ravens have the most talent at the cornerback position and it isn’t even close.
Earl Thomas and Chuck Clark is a good combination. Thomas and Clark are versatile safeties who give the Ravens athleticism and physicality. When you consider the fact that the Ravens have Anthony Levine Sr., DeShon Elliott and Geno Stone behind these two it’s an incredible group. The only concern here is that Thomas is really the only free safety of the group while the rest of the bunch are more in the strong safety mold.
Special Teams specialists: 10
The Ravens have a very stacked and loaded roster. It’s easy to see that there isn’t much to worry about when you go position by position. If the Ravens stay healthy, they are going to be an elite NFL team next season. They also have more depth than they’ve had in recent years. It’s an exciting time of Baltimore Ravens football.