2. Is Baltimore loaded at safeties but shallow at cornerback?
Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald talked to the media following Thursday's walk-through practice and he gave their flowers to safety Kyle Hamilton and rookie corner Kyu Blu Kelly. Even if you're not very well versed, though, there is a sizable gap in talent between those two players.
The former played mostly in a nickel-corner role last season and excelled at it but is expected to move to the safety slot in 2023 on a full-time basis. The latter hasn't really shown that much progress in climbing the cornerback pecking order, with veteran Rock Ya-Sin still in possession of the CB2 role opposite Marlon Humphrey.
It might be a little bit of a stretch to say the Ravens are "loaded" at safety as they basically have Hamilton, Marcus Williams, and a combination of Geno Stone, Brandon Stephens, and Ar'Darius Washington.
But it's even crazier to think that the Ravens can expect to fully contend without a real top-tier CB2 to deploy opposite Humphrey unless you consider Rock Ya-Sin that player--who he definitely is not.
If Hamilton ends up having to move to take snaps at the nickel CB spot once more, that's not quite the problem because Stone/Stephens can cover for him.
If Humphrey moves to that nickel position, though, issues might be much bigger. Let alone, of course, if Rock Ya-Sin's current injury is aggravated at some point, or he simply can't keep up with some solid production.