Our AFC North rivals on Cincy Jungle have been ranking the top five additions to the AFC North.
They have a very high opinion of the Ravens' offseason additions, as rookie Breshad Perriman is ranked as the second best addition and rookie Maxx Williams is ranked as the third best addition.
For Maxx Williams, Jason Marcum states that Willams was the best tight end in the 2015 NFL Draft and that he fills a position of need for Baltimore. With the question mark surrounding the tight end position due to Owen Daniels heading for Denver and with Dennis Pitta being constantly injured. He also says that Williams has the skills to not only be the Ravens' Day One starter at tight end, but also be one of the Ravens' top passing options as a rookie.
With the oft-injured Pitta being his only real competition, Williams is good enough to come in and start Week 1. He's also good enough to be one of the top two or three pass-catchers in the Ravens' offense as a rookie.
Marcum also says that Perriman filled the biggest position of need for the Ravens and that he is the perfect replacement for Torrey Smith, who went to San Francisco this offseason. He mentions Perriman's development in the college ranks and notes that Perriman needs to work on things like his focus and route-running. In the end the author says that Perriman should be a starting receiver in Baltimore's offense and that he will produce despite the rookie learning curve because Joe will throw to him often.
Perriman is an explosive player who will come in and start from day one and with Baltimore's receiving unit so thin, it's possible he can take on the No. 1 WR role. This position is so sparse for the Ravens that even if Perriman goes through a tough learning curve as a rookie and struggles, the Ravens will still be forced to give him significant snaps. That's why he ranks second this list.
The author doesn't mention that Kamar Aiken and Crockett Gillmore have been building a rapport with Flacco and could take off the pressure of the two rookies to start immediately. That is pardonable, as those two would not be known well outside of Baltimore and neither is really proven at this point to make a case for them.
The author also lists free safety Kendrick Lewis as an honorable mention, noting that he will almost certainly be the starting free safety this year. Not too bad when you consider how good the Ravens were last season. They just keep building up!