4. Ben Bredeson, OG, Ravens
The Ravens made it a point of emphasis to bolster their offensive line in the offseason after running into a bit of trouble last season.
Injuries decimated an offensive line that looked promising at the start of the year. But despite those injuries and a revolving door at right guard, 2020 fourth-round pick Ben Bredeson barely saw the field.
Bredeson was only in action for 48 offensive snaps and didn’t record a start. Now heading into the 2021 season with the left guard job seemingly “wide open,” Bredeson once again doesn’t appear to be in the mix.
2021 third-round pick Ben Cleveland seems to be the favorite. The Ravens coaching staff is high on him with offensive coordinator Greg Roman even calling him the “best run blocker in the draft.”
There’s also 2019 fourth-round pick Ben Powers who started seven games last season and appears to be Cleveland’s top challenger. Versatile players like Tyre Phillips and Patrick Mekari could also be in the mix.
All four of those players figure to see time at guard before Bredeson gets on the field. And if that’s the case, why keep him on the roster?
The Ravens also added veteran Michael Schofield last month and he brings 69 games of starting experience with him.
Bredeson isn’t a guaranteed cut as it would sting to release a fourth-round pick after just one season, but he undoubtedly faces an uphill battle this summer.