2. Young Baltimore Ravens defenders are ready to step up
So, the Baltimore Ravens offense appears to be in one of the best spots we have ever seen the unit. It appears you can say similar about the defense, at least in some spots. At the edge rusher position, the team is losing Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul. While they may re-sign one, this will depend on two big names.
Odafe Oweh is now entering year three in the NFL. He is a former first-round pick, and his rookie year had fans thinking he could be an All-Pro type of player. Year two was more up and down, with more profound lows. With that in mind, this is a huge year three. Considering he is a first-round pick there is room to get excited.
Then, there is his running mate David Ojabo. The Baltimore Ravens drafted Ojabo pretty high considering they knew he would miss his rookie season with an injury. They rehabbed him, and he took his time, but he left 2022 ahead of schedule, and now should be starting in 2023. He went in the second round with the injury known, so he probably would have been a first-round lock last season if he was ready to go.
If his presence is that of a first-round pick he could come out of the gates firing. This could free things up for Oweh, and the duo would become legitimate. Beyond that, there has to be excitement for one other first-round pick in Kyle Hamilton.
He was more of a role player last season, but with Chuck Clark gone, he should see a huge role where they can use his versatility all over the field. They can line him up in different spots, and by doing that they can mix and match personnel based on down and distance.
If you consider Ojabo a first-round talent, the Baltimore Ravens have three first-round types of players who all could be getting ready for an explosion at the same time. That could be the boost this defense needs.