At long last, the Ravens have announced the numbers that its newly drafted rookie class will wear.
The Ravens first round pick, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, will wear number 29. The number 29 went unused in 2016, but Humphrey’s college number, 26, was already taken. 26 belongs to Ravens 2016 draft pick Maurice Canady. The last Raven to wear the number 29 was recently retired running back Justin Forsett.
Ravens second round draft pick Tyus Bowser will wear number 54. Bowser wore number 81 at Houston, but linebackers are ineligible to wear 81 in the NFL. The number 54 was recently abdicated as a result of Zach Orr’s sudden retirement. Maybe Bowser chose 54 because the digits of both his college number and new NFL number, respectively, both add up to nine.
Chris Wormley, the Ravens first third round pick, will wear number 93. At Michigan, Wormley wore 43. Interestingly enough, Wormley will wear the number of the player he is attempting to replace this season, Lawrence Guy. Wormley is a five technique defensive end, the same position as Guy. With two open defensive end spots, it would not be surprising to see Wormley earn a starting role this season. To continue the math trend for another player, the product of Wormley’s old number, 43, is the same as the sum of his new number 93.
The Ravens second third round pick, Tim Williams, will get to keep his number from college. Williams wore 56 at Alabama, and he will wear the same number in Baltimore.
In the fourth round, the Ravens selected Nico Siragusa, a guard from San Diego State. Siragusa wore 56 in college, but in Baltimore, he will flip the digits to wear 65 (while we’re at it, the digits of both numbers add up to 11, glad I’m getting to put my first grade math skills to use). Siragusa will not be able to wear 56 as that was claimed by Williams. No Ravens has worn 65 in each of the past three seasons.
The Ravens fifth round pick, Jermaine Eluemunor will wear 71. Eluemunor wore 72 at Texas A&M, but that number is currently owned by Alex Lewis. Eluemunor will slide down one number, taking recently departed Ricky Wagner’s number 71.
Finally, the Ravens sixth round pick, Chuck Clark, will wear 36. Clark wore 19 in college. However, defensive backs are not allowed to wear 19. Thus the change to 36 (if anyone still wants my digit math, the product of 19 is the same as the sum of 36). 36 was worn by Tavon Young last season, however, Young recently switched to number 25. This was as a result of the resigning on Lardarius Webb that caused Tony Jefferson to change his number, thus forcing Young to change his.
Now we know their numbers, but I can’t wait to see these rookies hit the field. With so much defensive talent added to the roster, this is the year we could finally see the Ravens get back to their old style of a dominant defense.