Arguably the biggest story coming out of OTA's (Organized Team Activities) for the Baltimore Ravens is the latest news regarding outside linebacker Kamalei Correa. Or should I say, inside linebacker Kamalei Correa? Yes, it looks like the Ravens are looking to put Correa at the inside linebacker next to C.J. Mosely.
Here is a note from BaltimoreRavens.com:
Second-round pick Kamalei was lining up at inside linebacker with Za'Darius Smith and Albert McClellan on the outside. Correa handled it well, coming up to fill the right gap and stop Terrance West once in the backfield. Harbaugh said Correa has inside linebacker traits and is learning all the different positions.
There are so many layers to this development. One, this bodes well for Correa as he has the potential to be very versatile and during a time where the Ravens have an injury at linebacker, he might be able to fill in with no problem.
The second layer to this is the fact that fourth-year inside linebacker Arthur Brown, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, is losing his grasp of getting a real shot as a starter at inside linebacker. Before Mosely, or Correa, Brown was the guy three years ago who many were looking at to carry the standard set at the position after Ray Lewis retired. That certainly isn't the case now. Brown has had a solid offseason in practice, but this can't be good for him.
The third layer to this situation is that the Ravens might be relying on Terrell Suggs to be the full-time starter at outside linebacker when he is healthy. Suggs is recovering from his second torn Achilles injury in four years and at the age of 33, it remains to be seen how well he can hold up going forward.
The fourth layer to this is the fact that the Ravens might be comfortable with Matt Judon, Za'Darius Smith, Elvis Dumervil, Suggs, and to a certain extent in Bronson Kaufusi rotating in and out as pass rushers.
Correa is showing his athleticism in the Ravens 3-4 defense. Inside linebacker is a position that the Ravens seemed to be eyeing him with when the organization selected him in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he works out well at inside linebacker, the Ravens have a quality young starter on a cheap contract while being able to negotiate a contract extension with Mosley in the near future.