2. Justin Madubuike has to make the All-Pro this year
It is going to be an honor when Justin Madubuike gets named to the All-Pro this year. Yes, at this point, I am saying when not if. Madubuike will join Smith as a lock for the All-Pro. That is because he is setting the world on fire statistically.
Madubuike has 11.5 sacks this year. That is easily a career-high. Some of the elite names in the NFL who will be competing with him for this honor would include Quinnen Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Aaron Donald and Chris Jones.
Jones has 7.5 sacks, Donald has six, Williams has three, and Lawrence has 4.5. Sacks are not the only thing that matters when it comes to the defensive tackle spot, but when someone is dominating that much in such a significant statistic, he is going to get the nod.
This is going to result in a major payday for Madubuike. He is set to be a free agent at the end of the season, and the Ravens do not have the cap space to give him a significant salary. They may even have to use the franchise tag elsewhere if it comes to it. This could lead to an All-Pro hitting the market for a bidding war. That is insanely rare.
It is good for Madubuike because he gets paid. The Ravens get a nice compensatory pick as well.