The Baltimore Ravens always have plenty of depth at the back of their roster. This is why they can win so many games in the preseason. It is also a way for them to stack up draft picks. Yes, they get compensatory picks, but every once in a while, the team can trade a player on the back end of the roster and recycle that into a day-three pick.
Who are some players on the Ravens depth chart that could end up being traded before the season starts?
4. Would the Baltimore Ravens be best served trading Ben Cleveland?
The curious case of Ben Cleveland lives on. First, he was expected to be the starter at left guard. Then, he lost his job to John Simpson and Sala Aumavae-Laulu quickly. We thought he may have been in a competition with those two, but he is flat-out not in the running as the player was cut from the Raiders, and the sixth-round rookie beat him out with ease.
However, he has been getting looks as the backup at both right tackle and right guard. In one regard, the team may want to keep him because the contracts of Kevin Zeitler, and Morgan Moses suggest they may be elsewhere next year. Still, the Ravens also have Daniel Faalele and drafted Andrew Vorhees to compete to start at right guard next year.
This slide could have said that whoever the Ravens feel less confident in starting at right tackle between Faalele and Cleveland can go. With Patrick Mekari, the backup right guard, and one of Faalele and Cleveland, that is already eight offensive linemen, so the ninth man is not guaranteed. Why not turn a spot that is not guaranteed into a draft pick?
Cleveland was drafted in round three and is still on his rookie salary, he could fetch them something, and a change of scenary may do him well.