Positions the Ravens Should Stock Up On
Ravens Wire’s Matthew Stevens noted that the Ravens have done a good job throughout their history of keeping their eye on the future in addition to addressing their immediate needs. With that in mind, Stevens identified six positions the Ravens should stock up on.
Running back: “With such a run-heavy offense, keeping a steady flow of talent at running back will allow the Ravens to keep chugging forward for even more years.”
Safety: “While they have Chuck Clark signed to a three-year extension and Earl Thomas III signed through 2022, there isn’t much depth behind them. … Thomas will turn 31 years old in just a few months and has already played 10 years in the NFL. As we’ve seen far too often in football, guys can suddenly drop off physically and be a shadow of their former selves, meaning a clock is constantly ticking here for the Ravens.”
Cornerback: “Even with two Pro Bowl starters in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters as well as Tavon Young on the inside, Baltimore has learned to not rest on their laurels when it comes to their secondary.”
Defensive line: “For all the help the Ravens added to their defensive line this offseason, none of their signings and trades were long-term options. … It’s clear Baltimore wants a stout defensive line and they’ve got it — for now. Finding some guys that can step into starting roles in two years would help them transition a lot easier and smoother.”
Outside linebacker: “This is both an immediate need and a long-term one for the Ravens. But even in the best-case scenario where Baltimore is able to sign Matthew Judon to a contract extension and grab an immediate starting outside linebacker in the 2020 NFL Draft, they still need to think about the future and more depth.”
Tight end: “With the trade of Hayden Hurst, this is also one of the team’s lesser immediate needs as well. But if they kept an eye towards the future and picked up a developmental prospect who could potentially replace either Nick Boyle or Mark Andrews in the next few years, that wouldn’t be a bad idea either.”