Ravens rookie stock report following Week 10 performance

Rashod Bateman, Ravens (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
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Ravens, Odafe Oweh
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2. Odafe Oweh

Odafe Oweh was the other Ravens rookie that the team selected in the first round. Like Bateman, he got off to a roaring start.

In the first five weeks of the season, he had already recorded three sacks and a forced fumble. That forced fumble came against the Kansas City Chiefs which essentially sealed the win for the Ravens.

Oweh has been everything that the Ravens had hoped for and more. He is very explosive off the edge, sets the edge in run defense really well, and at times has the capability to spy on mobile quarterbacks.

Although he hasn’t officially recorded a sack in the last few weeks, he has maintained constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Last Thursday, Oweh once again made his presence felt against the Dolphins. He exploded onto the scene with an impressive sack on Jacoby Brissett.

Then, later in the game on a stretch run play, Oweh blew it up and took down the running back for a huge loss. Those are the types of plays he has been making all season.

It’s grown to the point where some teams have already started using tight ends/running backs to chip him on the edge.

According to Pro Football Focus, Oweh has recorded 29 pressures on quarterbacks. That’s the most pressures among all rookie defenders.

Again along with his pass-rushing success, he’s still playing the run very well. It is rare that teams are able to run on his side with consistent success.

Coming into the draft, many pundits viewed Oweh as a project, however, he has proved to be one of the most impactful players in this draft.

It is a fact that the Baltimore Ravens would not be 6-3 if not for the impressive performances of Odafe Oweh.

If he can continue to develop his pass-rushing moves and grow stronger through the Ravens offseason program, Oweh has a good chance to become a dominant defender.