3. Ja’Wuan James, RT, Ravens
The Ravens designated offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James to return from injured reserve last December, but James wasn’t ready. Come 2022, he will be.
Assuming James doesn’t experience a setback this offseason, he should be prepared to suit up in spring workouts and fully recover in time for training camp. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle got picked up by the Ravens while he was rehabbing a torn Achilles, and James has had trouble staying healthy throughout his six years in the league. He hasn’t played a snap since 2019, so his journey to recovery hasn’t been easy, to say the least.
Still, James started 62 games for Miami from 2014 to 2018 and could plug in as a viable upgrade in the Ravens’ shaky offensive line that struggled to protect Lamar Jackson last season. This offseason, Baltimore signed free agent Morgan Moses for additional help at the right tackle position, but if all goes well, James will secure the starting spot and compete at a high level all year round.
The Ravens rotated between four linemen at right tackle in 2021 and will want to avoid that kind of instability this season. In 2022, Ja’Wuan James is their man — Baltimore put its faith in him and will expect him to deliver.