2. Will the depth of the Baltimore Ravens recent drafts improve?
The Baltimore Ravens have hit home runs in their past two drafts when you look at the first round. Kyle Hamilton fell to them and has been a home run, and they traded Hollywood Brown for Tyler Linderbaum, a move that they would do 100 times over. This year, Zay Flowers looks like a hit early into his rookie year.
However, the rest of the last two drafts have not shown much of anything. David Ojabo was always a risk when they drafted him, but this looks like a second lost season due to injuries. Travis Jones was expected to play more, and it may be because Michael Pierce has been so good, but you would think that the Ravens would want to limit the playing time of Pierce a bit with his age and injury history. At age 31, Pierce is at a career-high in snap rate, which may reflect on a lack of confidence in Jones to provide depth.
Daniel Faalele has been an issue every time he steps on the field, and Isaiah Likely has regressed in a big way this year. When you add in that Jalyn Armour-Davis and Charlie Kolar are typically inactive, and Pepe Williams is hurt, they just have the first-round picks. The same can be said for this rookie class.
Trenton Simpson has provided no value and looked bad in the preseason. He has not passed Del’Shawn Phillips yet. Tavius Robinson was a big reason the pass rush has struggled, and the Ravens phasing him out has helped in recent weeks. Kyu Blu Kelly has been cut, and Sala Aumavae-Laulu has been inactive for most weeks.
Which of these players are you still giving more time to see from, and which ones do you think are struggling to stick around?