The Baltimore Ravens are just a few weeks away from reporting to training camp. As we wait, we rank the roster from 90 to number one to see who impacts the team the most. This is looking specifically at the 2023 season, and it will be looking at who has the best chance to make the team and impact games. We are moving along and down to number 69, Jaylon Thomas.
Baltimore Ravens 2023 roster ranking: No. 70 Jaylon Thomas
Jaylon Thomas is a rookie UDFA from SMU. He is inexperienced, but he has starting pedigree with over 3,500 snaps at SMU, and he plays the offensive line. Better than that, he moves up and down the offensive line.
For his career, Jaylon Thomas has 2,234 snaps at left tackle, 398 snaps at left guard, 88 snaps at center, 186 snaps at right guard, and 662 snaps at right tackle. Even in 2022, he ended up playing all five positions for the team, including all 88 snaps at center.
If you know the Baltimore Ravens, you know that they love the versatility from this skill set. Patrick Mekari is the perfect example. He is one of the few players in the NFL who has started at center and left tackle, and he was a find similar to Jaylon Thomas. Of course, the Baltimore Ravens do have Patrick Mekari.
They have Sam Mustipher as a backup center, and Daniel Faalele as the backup right tackle, and between Kevin Zeitler, John Simpson, Ben Cleveland, and Sala Amuave-Laulu, they have four interior linemen to run two deep.
When you look at all of those names, it is hard to find the spot where the rookie UDFA can step in and win a job in one summer. However, a good summer could easily get him on the practice squad. That sets up a chance to make the 2024 53-man roster, but it also gives him a chance to get called up. His versatility could make him one injury away at multiple positions, which could help his chances to get on the roster. In a perfect world, he spends the year growing into a position on the practice squad, but we will move him to number 69 for now because of his talent as a rookie UDFA.