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Early Baltimore Ravens Roster Outlook

Locks, bubble and long shot candidates.

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The draft is complete and the Ravens are in the process of signing undrafted free agents.  Currently, the team has 83 players under contract or team control.  The offseason mini-camps, training camp and likely a few injuries will help the Ravens get down to the 53 player regular season roster.

Quarterback:

Lock - Joe Flacco, Ryan Mallett

Bubble -

Longshot - Jerrod Johnson

The Ravens have been comfortable carrying two quarterbacks into the regular season for most of Harbaugh's tenure.  This trend should continue if Flacco is healthy to begin training camp as expected.

Running Back:

Lock - Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen

Bubble - Kenneth Dixon, Terrance West, Trent Richardson

Longshot - Terrance Magee, Lorenzo Taliaferro

Competition for the 3rd RB role will be a bonafide battle royale.  The Ravens could use a short yardage back to compliment the two locks.  Hypothetically the Ravens could carry four RBs into the regular season if they thin out numbers at another position.

Fullback:

Lock - Kyle Juszczyk

Bubble -

Longshot -

Barring unforeseen circumstances, Juice should be the only fullback in serious consideration for a roster spot.

Tight End:

Lock - Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams

Bubble - Dennis Pitta, Nick Boyle

Longshot - Darren Waller, Konrad Reuland

Tight end is likely the deepest position on the roster.  Dennis Pitta intends to play in 2016 but it is prudent to keep him on the bubble with his injury history.  Boyle could return late in the season after serving his suspension.  The Ravens usually carry three tight ends so if they keep four this year they will have to save room elsewhere.

Wide Receiver:

Lock - Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman

Bubble - Jeremy Butler, Michael Campanaro, Kaelin Clay, Chris Moore, Keenan Reynolds

Longshot - Chris Matthews, Daniel Brown, Marlon Brown, Chuck Jacobs

The Ravens usually keep six wide receivers on the roster so the fight for the last two spots will be intense.  Many believe Butler has earned his place but he will have to fight off the competition.  The kick returner position should come from someone on the bubble in this position group.

Offensive Tackle:

Lock - Ronnie Stanley, Eugene Monroe, Rick Wagner

Bubble - James Hurst, Alex, Lewis, De'Ondre Wesley

Longshot - Blaine Clausell

This appears to be a place where a young unheralded player can win a spot on the roster in the offseason.  The third tackle might end up starting at guard.

Interior Offensive Lineman:

Lock - Marshal Yanda, Jeremy Zuttah, John Urschel, Ryan Jensen

Bubble - Anthony Fabiano

Longshot - Leon Brown

Urshel and Jensen will provide quality versatile depth if they don't end up starting .

Special Teams:

Lock - Justin Tucker, Sam Koch, Morgan Cox

Bubble -

Longshot - Will Lutz

The Wolfpack will return to provide the Ravens with the best specialists in the league.

Defensive End:

Lock - Lawrence Guy, Brent Urban, Bronson Kaufusi

Bubble -

Longshot - Nordly Capi

The Ravens should keep between 6-7 total defensive lineman.  Urban has positional versatility.

Defensive Tackle:

Lock - Brandon Williams, Timmy Jernigan, Carl Davis

Bubble - Willie Henry

Longshot - Kapron Lewis-Moore

One of the best young position groups on the team, B-Will, Timmy, Carl and Willie have the makings of a dominant rotation.

Outside Linebacker:

Lock - Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Za'Darius Smith, Kamalei Correa

Bubble - Matt Judon

Longshot - Victor Ochi, Chris Carter, Brennen Beyer

The Ravens usually carry four outside linebackers into the regular season but Judon has so much upside they will try to shoehorn five this year.

Inside Linebacker:

Lock - C.J. Mosley, Zach Orr, Albert McClellan

Bubble - Arthur Brown

Longshot -

The starting spot next to Mosely will be a battle all summer long.  McClellan is a special teams ace who was recently resigned so his spot is secure.  A UDFA could earn a spot with a very strong summer.

Cornerback:

Lock - Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright

Bubble - Kyle Arington, Will Davis, Jumal Rolle, Tavon Young, Maurice Canady, Sheldon Price

Longshot - Julian Wilson, Jermaine Whitehead

Corner is more unsettled than any other position after the draft.  Smith and Wright are entrenched as the starters with Arrington and Davis expected to compete for the nickel role, but neither of them showed quite enough in 2015 to be considered locks.  This is the most likely place for the Ravens to seek veteran free agent help in the secondary market.

Safety:

Lock - Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Terrance Brooks

Bubble - Matt Elam, Kendrick Lewis, Anthony Levine, Nick Perry

Longshot -

The safety position will be a fight in training camp.  The Ravens have carried as many as six safeties but they may look to trim here to benefit the RBs, TEs and OLBs.  Perry could give Levine a run for his spot by showing special teams ace ability.

Outlook:

The Ravens will continue to sign veteran and rookie free agent until they reach the 90-man offseason roster limit.  By this count, the team has approximately 40 players who are locks to make the final 53-man regular season roster.  That leaves 50 players competing for the final 13 roster spots.  As head coach John Harbaugh likes to say, "Iron sharpens iron."

The Ravens front office has done a tremendous job acquiring depth over the last several season, players #54-60 from the 2016 offseason roster may end up being better than any at any other point in the Ravens history.  The Ravens roster will be cut down to 53 players on or about September 6th, 2016.

Let the competition and speculation begin...