5 sleepers to make Baltimore Ravens roster

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The Baltimore Ravens take pride in having a deep roster. However, with that, they always have competition on the backend, and there are always names who can sneak on the roster with a good summer. Who are some players on the back end of the roster who are not talked about as potential 53-man roster players but could make that move soon?

5. Tashawn Manning is a sleeper to make the Baltimore Ravens roster

Tashawn Manning is a rookie UDFA from Kentucky. Going undrafted does make it a hard proposition to make the roster, especially as a rookie. The thought with Manning is that he probably would spend a season on the practice squad in the best case and then compete for a job next year. So, that would make it a surprise if he did end up on the roster.

Manning has a shot because of the lack of guard depth. He has one year of left guard experience and one year of right guard experience, and he played one-year of splitting time between the left and right side. The Ravens are a bit thin when you look at their guard situation.

When you look at the right side, Kevin Zeitler indeed holds it down, but he is approaching an age where injury becomes a genuine concern. On the left side, Ben Cleveland is a complete question. The depth behind Zeitler is non-existent, and John Simpson will compete with Cleveland on the left.

The Baltimore Ravens have both Daniel Faalele and Sala Amuave-Laulu as backup right tackles. They have worked both at guard during OTAs, and as the roster stands right now, it would be both of them, one as an extra guard making the roster over Manning. Still, if the Ravens have questions about the depth at guard and trust Manning in there more than someone like SAL, they may keep the UDFA over the 6th-round pick. Or, they find a way to keep an extra lineman. Both would be surprises, but both end with Manning making it.