We are looking at the Baltimore Ravens roster depth chart from a position-by-position lens. In doing so, we see how each group seems compared to the rest of the AFC North. Today, we are looking into the safety depth charts. This will only look at the top four players and focus on the entire room. So, where do the Ravens rank?
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Dax Hill, Nick Scott, Jordan Battle, Michael Thomas
The Bengals went from contending for one of the best rooms to major question marks. They lost both Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell and replaced them with Dax Hill and Nick Scott. Hill has the pedigree but was only used situationally as a rookie and now will be trying to replace Jessie Bates. Scott was a role player for three seasons and started last year. The Bengals are betting big on his one year of play. Thomas is on special teams, and Battle is a mid-round rookie, so the depth is fine but not spectacular.
3. Cleveland Browns: Grant Delpit, Juan Thornhill, Rodney McLeod, D'Anthony Bell
If the Cleveland Browns can get a step forward from Grant Delpit, this group would be in business. Deplit is up and down, and the downs come in too big of moments for the team. Thornhill is solid and comes from the Chiefs, but we have to wait and see how the fit works. The same can be said with McLeod, although he is a solid veteran depth piece who has been around the league. Bell started two games last year as a UDFA rookie.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Damontae Kazee, Keanu Neal, Tre Norwood
The Pittsburgh Steelers are almost this high solely because of Minkah Fitzpatrick. Essentially, the Steelers would not trade all four Browns safeties for just Fitzpatrick, he is that good. The rest of the room is questionable, though. Kazee and Neal bring enough name value to maintain this ranking, but both of them have serious questions in coverage, age, and health. Tre Norwood is a day-three player who has made a few starts but cannot be trusted much.
1. Baltimore Ravens: Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton, Geno Stone, Brandon Stephens
The Baltimore Ravens clearly have the best unit. You may rank the top safeties in the division as Fitzpatrick, Williams, then Hamilton, but the Ravens have two and three for sure. Even in the case of Williams and Hamilton, they have chances to take the step into the Minkah conversation.
The Bengals would pay Geno Stone the same as Nick Scott and give him a shot to start if Stone was coming from a team like the Rams, where he had to play more. Stephens has been jerked back and forth from cornerback to safety, but anyone would take his tape over Norwood or Bell. From top-to-bottom, the Ravens have a complete group back at safety.