After trading down a couple of times from the top of the second round, many Ravens' fans were distraught to see the team dropping down when notable names like Myles Jack and Mackenzie Alexander were still on the board. Instead, the Ravens selected linebacker Kamalei Correa, a prospect whose name carries less weight than some of the other rookies, but one who has all the potential in the world to be much better than those who had their names called before him.
Compared to Clay Matthews in "style and substance" by team brass, Correa was widely evaluated as a potential first-rounder after an impressive combine showing. Despite not seeing much national exposure at Boise State University, the early commit to the NFL was regarded as one of the draft's top pass rushers, sometimes even above guys like Spence, Ogbah, and Dodd. You might not know the name, but trust me, the kid has game.
So where will the Ravens' newest young talent end up on the depth chart this season?
Best guess says that Correa will play a role similar to that of Za'Darius Smith last season, but perhaps with more playing time. With Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil occupying the starting outside linebacker spots, both Correa and Smith will undoubtedly see their fair share of snaps subbing out for the aging duo in both the events of fatigue and injury. Should the Ravens call any additional edge rushers over the next few days, chances are that they'll be seeing a lot of the bench as Correa and Smith both grow their roles on the field.