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A fun group exercise with Baltimore Beatdown

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The far-too-early projection season is here and there’s no better way to start it off than doing so with the staff here at Baltimore Beatdown guessing who will make the final 53-man roster.

QB Projection 5/20

QB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
QB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson Lamar Jackson
2 Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III Robert Griffin III
3 Trace McSorley Trace McSorley

Only two of eight contributors see McSorley on the team next season. With so much depth elsewhere, he could be at risk to make the roster.

RB & FB projection

RB & FB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
RB & FB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Mark Ingram II Mark Ingram II Mark Ingram II Mark Ingram II Mark Ingram II Mark Ingram II Mark Ingram II Mark Ingram II
2 J.K. Dobbins J.K. Dobbins J.K. Dobbins J.K. Dobbins J.K. Dobbins J.K. Dobbins J.K. Dobbins J.K. Dobbins
3 Gus Edwards Gus Edwards Gus Edwards Gus Edwards Gus Edwards Gus Edwards Gus Edwards Gus Edwards
4 Justice Hill Justice Hill Justice Hill Justice Hill Justice Hill Justice Hill Justice Hill Justice Hill
5 Patrick Ricard Patrick Ricard Patrick Ricard Patrick Ricard Patrick Ricard Patrick Ricard Patrick Ricard Patrick Ricard

Everybody on staff believes the Ravens will hang onto all four tailbacks. As of now, there’s no reason not to. Also, Ricard isn’t going anywhere.

WR Projection 5/20

WR Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
WR Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Marquise Brown Marquise Brown Marquise Brown Marquise Brown Marquise Brown Marquise Brown Marquise Brown Marquise Brown
2 Willie Snead IV Willie Snead IV Willie Snead IV Willie Snead IV Willie Snead IV Willie Snead IV Willie Snead IV Willie Snead IV
3 Miles Boykin Miles Boykin Miles Boykin Miles Boykin Miles Boykin Miles Boykin Miles Boykin Miles Boykin
4 Devin Duvernay Devin Duvernay Devin Duvernay Devin Duvernay Devin Duvernay Devin Duvernay Devin Duvernay Devin Duvernay
5 James Proche James Proche James Proche James Proche James Proche James Proche James Proche James Proche
6 Jaleel Scott Jaleel Scott Jaleel Scott Chris Moore Chris Moore Chris Moore

The first five names are locks for the Beatdown staff, it’s whether the front office wants to keep a sixth wide receiver, and if so, who?

TE Projection 5/20

TE Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
TE Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Mark Andrews Mark Andrews Mark Andrews Mark Andrews Nick Boyle Mark Andrews Mark Andrews Mark Andrews
2 Nick Boyle Nick Boyle Nick Boyle Nick Boyle Mark Andrews Nick Boyle Nick Boyle Nick Boyle
3 Charles Scarff Jacob Breeland Charles Scarff Jacob Breeland Jacob Breeland Charles Scarff Jacob Breeland

Two guaranteed locks for the roster and just like the wideout, the brass must decide if the Ravens keep a third tight end and whether they go with somebody already in the system or one of the UDFAs can usurp Scarff?

OL Projection 5/20

OL Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
OL Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Ronnie Stanley Ronnie Stanley Ronnie Stanley Ronnie Stanley Ronnie Stanley Ronnie Stanley Ronnie Stanley Ronnie Stanley
2 Bradley Bozeman Bradley Bozeman Bradley Bozeman Bradley Bozeman Bradley Bozeman Bradley Bozeman Bradley Bozeman Bradley Bozeman
3 Matt Skura Matt Skura Matt Skura Matt Skura Matt Skura Matt Skura Ben Powers Matt Skura
4 D.J. Fluker D.J. Fluker D.J. Fluker D.J. Fluker D.J. Fluker D.J. Fluker D.J. Fluker D.J. Fluker
5 Orlando Brown Jr. Orlando Brown Orlando Brown Jr. Orlando Brown Jr. Orlando Brown Jr. Orlando Brown Jr. Orlando Brown Jr Orlando Brown Jr.
6 Patrick Mekari Patrick Mekari Patrick Mekari Patrick Mekari Patrick Mekari Patrick Mekari Patrick Mekari Patrick Mekari
7 Ben Bredeson Ben Bredeson Ben Bredeson Ben Bredeson Ben Bredeson Ben Bredeson Ben Bredeson Ben Bredeson
8 Tyre Phillips Tyre Phillips Tyre Phillips Tyre Phillips Tyre Phillips Tyre Phillips Tyre Phillips Tyre Phillips
9 Andre Smith Ben Powers Ben Powers Ben Powers Ben Powers Ben Powers Andre Smith Ben Powers
10 Andre Smith

The greatest disagreements for the Ravens are found on the offensive and defensive line. Matt Skura doesn’t make one roster while Ben Powers doesn’t make a different one. Seven projections have the Ravens keeping nine while one opts for 10. This will be fun to watch in training camp this year.

FS & SS Projections 5/20

FS & SS Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
FS & SS Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III Earl Thomas III
2 Chuck Clark Chuck Clark Chuck Clark Chuck Clark Chuck Clark Chuck Clark Chuck Clark Chuck Clark
3 DeShon Elliott DeShon Elliott DeShon Elliott DeShon Elliott DeShon Elliott DeShon Elliott DeShon Elliot DeShon Elliott
4 Anthony Levine Sr. Anthony Levine Anthony Levine Anthony Levine Anthony Levine Anthony Levine Sr. Anthony Levine Sr Anthony Levine Sr.
5 Geno Stone Geno Stone Geno Stone Geno Stone Geno Stone Geno Stone Geno Stone Geno Stone
6 Nigel Warrior

Only Vasilis sees the Ravens keeping more than five safeties as he hangs onto Nigel Warrior. This feels like one of the more solidified position groups on the Ravens roster in 2020.

CB Projection 5/20

CB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
CB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Marlon Humphrey Marlon Humphrey Marlon Humphrey Marlon Humphrey Marlon Humphrey Marlon Humphrey Marlon Humphrey Marlon Humphrey
2 Marcus Peters Marcus Peters Marcus Peters Marcus Peters Marcus Peters Marcus Peters Marcus Peters Marcus Peters
3 Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
4 Tavon Young Tavon Young Tavon Young Tavon Young Tavon Young Tavon Young Tavon Young Tavon Young
5 Anthony Averett Anthony Averett Anthony Averett Anthony Averett Anthony Averrett Anthony Averett Anthony Averett Anthony Averett
6 Iman Marshall Iman Marshall Iman Marshall Iman Marshall Iman Marshall Iman Marshall Iman Marshall Iman Marshall

Open and shut case here. Everybody has the Ravens keeping five corners and they’re all the same. Unless a star UDFA arises, this is the most secure group on the roster.

OLB Projection 5/20

OLB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
OLB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Matt Judon Matthew Judon Matthew Judon Matt Judon Matt Judon Mathew Judon Matt Judon Matthew Judon
2 Pernell McPhee Pernell McPhee Pernell McPhee Pernell McPhee Pernell McPhee Pernell McPhee Pernell McPhee Pernell McPhee
3 Tyus Bowser Tyus Bowser Tyus Bowser Tyus Bowser Tyus Bowser Tyus Bowser Tyus Bowser Tyus Bowser
4 Jaylon Ferguson Jaylon Ferguson Jaylon Ferguson Jaylon Ferguson Jaylon Ferguson Jalyon Ferguson Jaylon Ferguson Jaylon Ferguson
5 Chauncey Rivers Chauncey Rivers

A few project Chauncey Rivers to land on the final 53, though it’s only 25-percent of the projections. The defense, save the line, has a solid group from starters to depth.

ILB Projection 5/20

ILB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
ILB Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Patrick Queen Patrick Queen Patrick Queen Patrick Queen Patrick Queen Patrick Queen Patrick Queen Patrick Queen
2 Malik Harrison Malik Harrison Malik Harrison Malik Harrison Malik Harrison Malik Harrison Malik Harrison Malik Harrison
3 L.J. Fort L.J. Fort L.J. Fort L.J. Fort L.J. Fort L.J. Fort L.J. Fort L.J. Fort
4 Chris Board Jake Ryan Otaro Alaka Jake Ryan

A bit of discrepancy as half of the staff sees only three linebackers making it while the other half say four. As for who the fourth is, it’s a jumble between Chris Board, Otaro Alaka and Jake Ryan. This will be a good camp battle to watch. Otherwise, it appears L.J. Fort has the third spot nailed.

DL Projection 5/20

DL Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
DL Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
1 Calais Campbell Calais Campbell Calais Campbell Calais Campbell Brandon Williams Brandon Williams Brandon Williams Calais Campbell
2 Brandon Williams Brandon Williams Brandon Williams Brandon Williams Calais Campbell Calais Campbell Calais Campbell Brandon Williams
3 Derek Wolfe Derek Wolfe Derek Wolfe Derek Wolfe Derek Wolfe Derek Wolfe Derek Wolfe Derek Wolfe
4 Justin Madubuike Justin Madubuike Justin Maduibuike Justin Madubuike Justin Madubuike Justin Madubuike Justin Madubuike Justin Madubuike
5 Jihad Ward Jihad Ward Jihad Ward Jihad Ward Jihad Ward Jihard Ward Jihad Ward Jihad Ward
6 Broderick Washington Daylon Mack Daylon Mack Daylon Mack Daylon Mack Daylon Mack Justin Ellis
7 Broderick Washington Broderick Washington Broderick Washington Broderick Washington

Everyone has the following making the roster: Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe, Brandon Williams, Justin Madubuike and Jihad Ward. Afterward, it’s a decision to keep one or two of Daylon Mack, Broderick Washington and Justin Ellis. One projection doesn’t have any of them making it.

ST Projection 5/20

ST Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
ST Kyle Barber Vasilis Lericos Frank Platko Jakob Ashlin Spencer Schultz Dustin Cox Adrian Charchalis Evan Burns
K Justin Tucker Justin Tucker Justin Tucker Justin Tucker Justin Tucker Justin Tucker Juston Tucker Justin Tucker
P Sam Koch Sam Koch Sam Koch Sam Koch Sam Koch Sam Koch Sam Koch Sam Koch
LS Morgan Cox Morgan Cox Morgan Cox Morgan Cox Morgan Cox Morgan Cox Morgan Cox Morgan Cox

Hate to leave it on a boring note here but there are no surprises for special teams.


Overall

Kyle P Barber — Overall, the Ravens prioritize the value of veterans in their system. Few unknown names make my 2020 roster for now. Surprise cut comes in the form of Ben Powers. Maybe I’m off the rails here but I was slightly surprised he couldn’t land one of the starting gigs in 2019. Many expected him to come in and instantly compete. The pick of Ben Bredeson feels like a somewhat makeup pick and I’m sticking with that on my early 53.

Vasilis Lericos — Obviously, this projection will change as the offseason progresses, players land on the PUP list and new injuries/IR stash opportunities arise. It was difficult to decide on the last few rosters spots. Low cost veterans Justin Ellis, Jordan Richards, Chris Moore, as well as fifth round rookie Broderick Washington were jettisoned in exchange for young depth, including UDFA’s Jacob Breeland and Nigel Warrior. While risky, the choice to keep just two quarterbacks and three inside linebackers should improve both the special teams units and elevate the ceiling of this roster. The 53rd man, Jaleel Scott, could be supplanted by a veteran receiver acquisition before training camp.

Frank J. Platko — A loaded collection of offensive and defensive lineman makes for slim picking at other positions on the roster. Ultimately, I opted to cut ties with four players who were re-signed just a few weeks ago - Chris Moore, De’Anthony Thomas, Justin Ellis, Jordan Richards - opting for upside at these positions instead. In an effort to continue to the streak of UDFA’s making the 53-man roster, I’m rolling the dice with Chauncey Rivers beating out Trace McSorley for the final spot. I like McSorley but with only one edge-rusher under contract past 2020, investing a talented youngster like Rivers and giving him experience could pay dividends. Furthermore, Rivers has a higher chance of contributing in the immediate future. McSorley may be easier to retain in-house on the practice squad than another bubble player like WR Jaleel Scott.

Jakob Ashlin — I tried to maintain the best player available mentality that the Ravens held in the draft. As a result, I have them carrying 4 running backs and 5 safeties. I also believe that they will carry 3 quarterbacks next season. There were trade rumors regarding RG3 early in the offseason, and I believe that was a vote of confidence in Trace McSorley potentially fulfilling the backup QB role. Additionally, RG3 still carries value, especially on a great contract. I debated between Jaleel Scott and De’Anthony Thomas. I cut Thomas, because Duvernay or Proche could fill the return man role. Finally, Jake Ryan gives a young ILB group a veteran for depth.

Spencer Schultz — With the Ravens new age philosophy of position-less football, they opt to keep five safeties and only four outside linebackers. While John Daka and Chauncey Rivers could crash the party, rolling deep with the likes of Jihad Ward and a deeper defensive line group will provide enough depth.

Offensively, Mark Andrews’ ability as a receiver and Pat Ricard’s ability as a tight end provide versatility that allows for a tight knit five man receiver group. Rolling with only RG3 to back up LJ8 gives the Ravens offensive line depth and secondary depth.

Dustin Cox — The hardest decision for me was cutting QB Trace McSorley. Hopefully McSorley could land on the practice squad in this scenario. I contemplated only keeping two tight ends with the intention of Patrick Ricard playing more snaps on offense, but with how much Greg Roman loves three TE sets, I decided otherwise. Jaleel Scott will need a strong preseason to make the team but I left him off in favor of Chris Moore due to special teams play.

Adrian Charchalis — With the Ravens potentially keeping 4 running backs, it’s hard to imagine the team two QBs. I could also see the prioritization of keeping draft picks over a third-string QB like Trace McSorley. I’d still like the Ravens to keep McSorley because he was a winner at Penn State and has value as an NFL player.

Evan Burns — This is the quintessential “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” scenario. For anyone you want to add, there’s someone else who needs to get dropped. Here’s some interesting takes I have for the 53-man: Dropping Trace McSorlry, means carrying only two quarterbacks, but that makes space for the four-headed monster at running back. I can also see the Ravens dropping Breeland or Scarff in the third TE position knowing that Ricard can play that role more than sufficiently (Ravens ran 3TE sets on only seven-percent of offensive plays last year). Additionally, with a beefed up defensive line from the draft and free agency, the strategy to leverage Ricard’s versatility on offense may have been the front offices’ plan all along. On my roster, this created space for Andre Smith who can provide security at tackle if Tyre Phillips is best positioned at guard in the NFL. Jordan Richards and Board/Olaka were in consideration for this slot that Smith is in now for their special teams play, but ultimately Geno Stone and others will replace that production. In terms of looking at depth within positions, unless you’re J.K. Dobbins, Patrick Queen, or Malik Harrison, the rookies will have to “overtake” veterans on this roster.