The Baltimore Ravens supplied promising rookies to every position group on both sides on the ball in the 2018 NFL draft, except one - running back. Considering the propensity for injury at the high contact position, the front office should add another tailback to the mix for training camp competition purposes at least. Fortunately, several proven veterans remain available on the market at this point of the offseason.
Former stars Adrian Peterson, DeMarco Murray and Jamaal Charles are currently unsigned, yet their recent production indicate all three are well past their primes and would not bring much to the field at this advanced stage of their careers. Nonetheless, former Bronco C.J. Anderson and former Giant Orleans Darkwa could potentially help the Ravens close out games in the fourth quarter with their rugged running styles.
If Baltimore’s decision makers prefer a pass catching back to complement lead rusher Alex Collins, veterans such as Lance Dunbar, Shane Vereen and Andre Ellington would be worthwhile additions. Each should be available for modest deals. Vereen and Ellington could also provide utility as kick returners.
The final route to bolstering the backfield is to wait out roster cuts from other teams. The Patriots may be ready to move on from Mike Gillislee and Brandon Bolden after adding dynamic rookie Sony Michel to their stable. The Lions could also jettison Ameer Abdullah with Kerryon Johnson now in line to split carries with LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick. And the Bengals selection of Mark Walton may make scatback Giovanni Bernard expendable. Their is a strong likelihood that an intriguing young back will be released in August.
Alex Collins has earned the feature back role due to his outstanding 2017 season, Buck Allen is a competent backup, but Kenneth Dixon should be considered unreliable due to his suspension and injury history. The Ravens post draft depth chart displays tremendous competition everywhere except running back. Adding another tailback to their committee should be the final piece of the Ravens roster building puzzle.