5 dream scenarios for Baltimore Ravens in 2023

What are some best case scenarios for the Baltimore Ravens in 2023?
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2. Do the Baltimore Ravens have multiple defensive player of the year candidates?

There is a real case to be made that the Baltimore Ravens could have the best defense in the NFL. That is because the high-end upside of some of the big names is real enough to put his group over the top. First, we start with Roquan Smith.

Smith started to put himself in the conversation when he was traded last year. It seemed like the second he was traded, the Raven's defense went from slightly below average to an easy top-ten unit. Now, Smith has a full offseason to learn the playbook and his teammates' tendencies. What will help Smith will be the Ravens' defensive turnaround as a unit because he is the play-caller. However, more than that, he will stuff the stat sheet with tackles. If he can add a few turnovers, the award could be his.

It is hard for cornerbacks to win the award, but Marlon Humphrey will always be in contention. Turnovers are the name of the game, and while he did not force enough last year, it may come back around on him.

Even more than that, both Marcus Williams and Kyle Hamtilon are in for big years. Williams was playing like the best safety in the NFL and was having one of his best years when healthy. Now, he is in his second year with the team. Hamilton is also in year two and will be in a bigger role. The multiple hats he wears will get him national attention quickly.

Even Odafe Oweh could get back into the national conversation with a 10-sack season. Still, between Smith, Williams, and Humphrey they have three of the best at their position. What if all three have their best years at the same time?