Ravens: 4 former draft picks in danger of losing their roster spot

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4. Ben Bredeson, G, Ravens

Many expected Ben Bredeson to be in the mix for the starting left guard this summer alongside fellow former draft picks Ben Powers, Tyre Phillips, and 2021 third-rounder Ben Cleveland.

But while Cleveland, Powers, and Phillips have all seen substantial playing time, Bredeson is stuck with the reserves. And that seems unlikely to change at any point in the near future.

A fourth-round pick a year ago, Bredeson saw the field sparingly as a rookie playing a total of 48 offensive snaps, almost exclusively in garbage time.

While Powers and Phillips were thrust into starting roles early in their careers, the Ravens seem hesitant to even play Bredeson with the backups.

That doesn’t bode well for his chances at making the team.

Ronnie Stanley, Cleveland, Bradley Bozeman, Kevin Zeitler, Alejandro Villanueva, Patrick Mekari, Powers, and Phillips are all likely roster locks.

It’s no guarantee the Ravens even carry a ninth offensive lineman, but that’s likely Bredeson’s only chance at making the team.

And even if they do, it’s hard to see him beating out someone like Trystan Colon-Castillo who could return as the backup center if the coaching staff sees Mekari as more of a swing tackle.

Even veterans Michael Schofield and Greg Mancz might have a better shot at sticking around. Perhaps the Ravens stash him on the practice squad, but there doesn’t appear to be room on the 53-man roster for Bredeson.