John Harbaugh names Ravens top priority in pivotal offseason

The Ravens have one very clear goal in mind this March and April.

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What makes this offseason so important and unique for John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens is the possibility to feasibly focus on any one of three or four key areas of roster building. The Ravens simply need depth, and it remains to be seen how the front office will address their issues.

The secondary could need some extra pop if they lose safety Geno Stone, and the wide receiver core still isn't regarded as anything close to elite with Zay Flowers and Rashod Bateman as the top two targets. Edge rusher could also be worth targeting, as Baltimore's top three sack producers are all free agents.

The offensive line, more important than ever in the modern NFL, has also been a point of contention among Ravens fans. What players are left on it are either old and declining or hitting the open market, and Harbaugh is well aware of the challenges he faces in that area.

Speaking at the 2024 NFL Combine, Harbaugh said that fixing the offensive line is at the very top of the team's priority list heading into the offseason. Knowing that Lamar Jackson's performance is their meal ticket to championship glory, Harbaugh must get a rock-solid play to rebuild this unit.

The Baltimore Ravens are focusing on rebuilding the offensive line

Both starting guards in Kevin Zeitler, who may not return to Baltimore, and John Simpson are free agents. Morgan Moses is slotted in at right tackle, but he is aging fast. Ronnie Stanley, one of the most injury-plagued tackles in the league, is going to be 30 this year and could be a cap casualty.

The Ravens have some internal options who could ascend to starting roles, as Ben Cleveland and Daniel Faalele have spent the last few years marinating as backups. While the tackle class this free agency period is quite weak, guards like Robert Hunt and Kevin Dotson could be had if the Ravens want to spend.

Baltimore is also in an advantageous position to draft a player at No. 30 overall if they so desire. With as many as seven tackles projected to be selected in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, Eric DeCosta won't be short on options if this is the path he chooses.

Jackson is one of the greatest quarterback talents ever, but if the Ravens want to help him break through in the postseason, their recipe for success starts and ends in the trenches.