We are getting closer to the top 53 players as we continue to rank the Baltimore Ravens roster from 90 down to the most valuable player. This list focuses on who can make the biggest impact and which fringe players can make the roster. Today, we look at number 64, Tashawn Manning.
Baltimore Ravens 2023 roster ranking: No. 64: Tashawn Manning
Tashawn Manning is a rookie UDFA from Kentucky. He spent four years at Auburn but was not a consistent starter during his time there. He transferred to Kentucky with his last year of eligibility and played his most and best snaps of his career.
Manning logged 736 snaps with all of them coming at right guard. He finished his career with 1,878 snaps. He played 980 at left guard, and 894 at right guard through his career. So, we know where he will be competing.
Manning earned an invitation to the NFL combine but was one of the rare players to get the invite yet fail to get drafted. Still, this shows that of the UDFA players, he was one of the more prized players, at least based on his 2022 tape.
That play was at right guard, and that may be where he has a shot to make the roster. Kevin Zeitler is the starter, but this may be his last year as his contract is about to expire, and his age is climbing. The Ravens drafted Andrew Vorhees, and he may be the future right guard, but he tore his ACL and will not have a rookie season.
So, Tashawn Manning has a shot to use this season to enter the 2024 offseason with a chance to push Vorhees and earn that future starting role. Beyond that, Manning actually has a shot to make the 53-man roster. The team technically does not have a backup right guard. Still, that is mainly because Ben Cleveland, Sala Amuave-Laulu, and John Simpson all have a chance to start at left guard. Essentially, the third left guard will be the second right guard.
Assuming Cleveland is still a starter, the five backups from left to right would be Patrick Mekari, SAL, Sam Mustipher, John Simpson, and Daniel Faalele. To be fair, Simpson may be the easiest to dethrone of those five, which is why Manning is up at 64 on our list. However, Simpson will enter the favorite, and Manning may be OL11 as training camp concludes.