After drafting 26 players in the three previous cycles, the Baltimore Ravens enter training camp with limited available roster space. Preseason contests will determine who wins the backup quarterback job, final wide receiver and tight end spots and the composition of the defensive front. More ambiguity arises when considering the offensive tackle depth chart, cornerback pecking order and safety rotation.
Three sleepers who could earn a place on the Ravens 2021 regular season roster:
Baltimore signed this veteran journeyman in June. The former Michigan Wolverine has played for the Broncos, Chargers and Panthers, starting 18 games at right tackle and 51 games at guard over a six-year NFL career. Known as a physical blocker, his experience at tackle may provide insurance to a squad that lacks proven offensive tackle depth behind Ronnie Stanley and Alejandro Villanueva. Serviceable blocking in the preseason could win Schofield a roster spot over one of the Ravens young interior lineman.
The cornerback depth chart is loaded with quality, but it would be unwise to discount Harris. A former fifth round selection, the 26-year old suited up for four games in Baltimore last season before suffering an ankle injury. His calling card is special teams, particularly as a gunner on kick coverage. Harris has also flashed sound coverage ability throughout his time with the organization. Perhaps a roster crunch that forces the Ravens to release special teams standouts at other positions will allow Davontae to sneak onto the team as a core special teamer who also brings value to the defense.
The Ravens are precariously thin at safety behind starters Chuck Clark and DeShon Elliott. Third round rookie Brandon Stephens, who lined-up primarily at cornerback in college, is expected to serve as the third safety. This presents an opportunity for Warrior, an All-SEC performer in 2019. He spent last season on Baltimore’s practice squad but has the tackling ability and ball skills to thrive as a dime safety after a full offseason of practice and preseason experience. If Warrior emerges as a viable backup, Baltimore’s safety situation will improve considerably.