The slow countdown until football returns is on. While we wait out the offseason, we are counting the Baltimore Ravens roster down from 90 to find out who are the most valuable players on the roster. We have just broken into the top 50 and are closing in on the top 45, which is the halfway point. Today, we look at number 48, cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis.
Baltimore Ravens 2023 roster ranking: No. 48 Jalyn Armour-Davis
Jalyn Armour-Davis is a former fourth-round pick from Alabama. He will be entering his second season in the NFL. Despite getting onto the field early, the reason was mostly due to a lack of depth. Armour-Davis struggled majorly in his first appearance and got benched when he officially started his first career.
He did suffer an injury as well, and it took him most of the season to get back out there. However, even when he was healthy, the Ravens ensured that they had enough depth so that they did not throw JAD back on the field. Now, he enters year two with serious questions about his role on the roster.
Armour-Davis came into the NFL raw, with just one year of starting experience at Alabama. Adding in his college and NFL playing time, he has just under 750 snaps played in game action since he graduated high school. To put that into perspective, even Lamar Jackson played 726 snaps just last year in his injury-riddled season.
So, Jalyn Armour-Davis needs experience, but the Ravens cannot trust him on the field to get it. It will be a huge preseason for him to show his worth. Sitting at number 48, he could easily make the roster and have a role on the team, but we could just as easily see him slide to the practice squad.
There is an open competition with and behind Rock Ya-Sin for the second cornerback spot or the depth outside cornerback spot. Armour-Davis can make a claim for both of them but could easily lose both. The team drafted Kyu Blu Kelly and signed Trayvon Mullen on top of Rock Ya-Sin, showing that they are not putting themselves in a spot where they need JAD.
If Armour-Davis can play better, he can beat out most of those names, but even Daryl Worley is right on his heels as he enters training camp on the roster bubble.