Super Bowl LI will be played this coming Sunday, yet the Baltimore Ravens and 29 other franchise are firmly in offseason mode. The NFL offseason is a time for strategizing, evaluating, debating and dreaming.
With this in mind, which current NFL player would help the 2017 Ravens roster the most?
Mike Evans, Wideout, Buccaneers
Perhaps the most physically imposing receiver in the league, Evans would give Joe Flacco a huge target to aim for downfield and in the end zone. Evans exploded for more than 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns in his third season.
Jarvis Landry, Slot Receiver, Dolphins
With Steve Smith Sr. retired, the Ravens need a dependable slot man to get their offense humming. Landry is similar to Senior; he runs precise routes, has strong hands and is extremely elusive after the catch. Entering his fourth season, he is a proven chain mover.
Travis Frederick, Center, Cowboys
The anchor of the best line in the NFL, Frederick did not allow a sack and mauled big nose tackles all season. Slotting him next to perennial All-Pro Marshal Yanda would give the Ravens a dominant rushing attack and allow them to control time of possession.
Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle, Rams
This dynamic interior penetrator would provide the Ravens with a decided advantage against teams who utilize the rhythm short passing game. Donald has three season in a row with more than eight sacks and was responsible for 82 quarterback pressures in 2016.
Khalil Mack, Edge Rusher, Raiders
Mack led the league in total pressures with 96 and posted eleven sacks with five forced fumbles last season. Not only is he a truly elite pass rusher, he is stout against the run as well. Mack on one edge with Terrell Suggs and Matt Judon rotating at the other would immediately revitalize the Ravens pass rush.
Aqib Talib, Corner, Broncos
A true shutdown corner, Talib did not allow a single touchdown reception into his coverage last season, got his hands on 15 passes and was strong run support. He is not showing any signs of slowing down at 30-years-old. Pairing another man coverage specialist with Jimmy Smith and Tavon Young would make life much easier for the Ravens pass rushers and safeties.
Eric Berry, Safety, Chiefs
Berry would compliment Eric Weddle perfectly with his versatility against the run and pass. He created five turnovers last season and took a pair of interceptions back for defensive scores. Berry would give the Ravens secondary the playmaking presence they have lacked since Ed Reed left Baltimore.
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