If there is a unit with some questions marks attached to it in the Baltimore Ravens' depth chart, that must be the Edge Rusher one.
As things stand, the Ravens will enter 2023 with a projected defense boasting a couple of super young edge rushers on both sides of the strongest ILB pairing of the NFL: Odafe Oweh and David Ojabo.
Oweh and Ojabo have gone through some serious growing pains during their first years doing it in the NFL, be that because of a lack of production or just because injuries have prevented them to spend enough time on the field.
The Ravens, then, might entertain the idea of adding some warm bodies to their defense. That's what Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report proposed in a recent column in which he offers a potential solution to fix Baltimore's lack of alternatives in their edge rusher unit.
"The Ravens could target Boogie Basham as a buy-low candidate who could break out in their defense," wrote Ballantine. In exchange for the rusher, Baltimore would send borderline starting WR Devin Duvernay the other way.
"The Bills have a crowded edge-rusher rotation with Von Miller, A.J. Epenesa, Greg Rousseau, and Shaq Lawson," started the analyst, who also pointed out that "the Ravens have transformed wide receiver from a desperate need to a position of potential strength" after adding Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers to the receiving corps this offseason.
All things considered, if all it takes to land a flier with upside in Basham is sending Duvernay to Buffalo, the Ravens shouldn't hesitate for a single minute.
Baltimore has at least three receivers already locked into the top-3 of the depth chart at the position: OBJ, Flowers, and Rashod Bateman. The Ravens also added some insurance when they signed veteran Nelson Agholor earlier this offseason.
No need to mention that the three tight ends (Mark Andrews, Isaiah Likely, and Charlie Kolar) are also locks to make the 53-man roster and feature prominently in new Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken's offense.
The edge rusher depth, on the other hand, is rather thin at this point. As Ballentine wrote, "Basham has the size to play on the outside or kick in," and he "would provide another young defensive lineman to develop."
Even though Basham is a young man, still aged 25, he has racked up playing time in the last couple of seasons appearing in 201 and 389 plays with the Bills through an accumulated 23 games.