I appreciate all the compliments. Things are looking up for a jubilant Dean Pees, who is already shifting his chess pieces around the 3-4 board. I am bound to make mistakes (I am human), so I openly apologize in advance to those who disagree with my alienish mock depth chart predictions.
The Ravens' deteriorated defensive line will need to stay resilient in filling in the void Haloti Ngata and Pernell McPhee left behind. Before I start a domino effect of negativity ... let's keep on keeping on. Here's what the Ravens' defensive depth chart will look like by summer's end:
Defensive Line (8): Timmy Jernigan, Brandon Williams, Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson, Christo Bilukidi, Carl Davis, Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban Analysis: That was tough. What are your thoughts on keeping eight? Does Kapron-Lewis Moore belong? Or Casey Walker?
Linebackers (7): Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, Daryl Smith, Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw, Albert McClellan, Za'Darius Smith Analysis: Tough break for Arthur Brown and Zach Orr. Unfortunately for Brown, the beasts that are on this list out-play, or potentially will out-play, the Ravens 2013 second-round draft selection. The inside linebacker is not a bust regardless of the outcome; I do, indeed, hope he makes the cut.
Cornerbacks (5): Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson, Tray Walker, Rashaan Melvin Analysis: Ravens' brass vocalized about their search to bolster their secondary for more cornerbacks, so this list could and will change overnight.
Safeties (5): Matt Elam, Will Hill, Kendrick Lewis, Anthony Levine, Brynden Trawick Analysis: Argh. What are your thoughts? Who belongs? Who does not? The Ravens were one of eight teams to put in a waiver claim for former Texans safety DJ Swearinger. Things could get steamy for Matt Elam.
Specialists (3): Morgan Cox (S), Justin Tucker and Sam Koch (P) Analysis: Koch's and Tucker's job security is never in question, while Cox could slip under other-guy long snapper Patrick Scales.