All off-season in Baltimore, we have been keeping you updated every step of the way, from the team, needs articles, team mock drafts, draft recaps, and now into the Baltimore Ravens roster projections! This article is exactly what the title says it is, a projection of what the roster might look like come week one of the 2021 NFL regular season.
This may be pure speculation, but John Harbaugh and Eric DeCosta have a track record for what 55 players will make the final roster. Things will change, and we will update you on said changes as they happen, but this is a shot in the dark.
Baltimore Ravens Roster Projections: Offense
Lamar Jackson is a given. Trace McSorley is recovering from a torn ACL, and Tyler Huntley played reasonably as Jackson’s backup. Baltimore will likely carry two quarterbacks on game day with McSorley or Huntley missing out on playing in garbage time.
It’s pretty straightforward here. Dobbins and Edwards will share running back touches while Hill gets the occasional third-down snap and special teams reps.
Ricard is a two-time Pro Bowler at fullback, but Mason is a more traditional fullback. In the future, expect Mason to deliver many devastating blocks in the Baltimore run game.
With six wide receivers drafted in the last three years, Baltimore has a crowded receiver room. Watkins signed in free agency to extend the group to seven. Proche and Boykin are on the hot seat, but Proche provides kick and punt return value while Boykin is a solid blocker. Is there room for both?
Most teams will have three (or more) tight ends on the active roster, but with the Ravens likely carrying two fullbacks, only Andrews and Boyle are listed here. Boyle is recovering from a 2020 injury, so if he is not ready for Week 1, expect Eric Tomlinson or Josh Oliver to be on the roster.
For the sake of Ravens’ fans sanity, Bozeman might take over for Mekari at center with one of the Bens winning the left guard job. Stanley, Bozeman, Zeitler, and Villanueva are locks.
Baltimore Ravens Roster Projections: Defense
Williams could be a cap casualty, but expect the first four to play snaps for Baltimore in 2021. Ellis and 2020 draft pick, Broderick Washington, will fight for rotational snaps.
The Ravens lost both Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue to free agency, but they bring back three solid options. In addition, they spent a first-round pick on Oweh, and Hayes should be a helpful run defender as a rookie. This group has a low floor, but Oweh has the potential to be a star.
Baltimore needs Queen (29.7 PFF Grade) and Harrison (52.7 PFF Grade) to take sizable steps forward in 2021. Retaining Fort will help, but the Ravens have liabilities in the linebacking corps at the moment.
One of the best cornerback units in the NFL gets a boost with Young coming back. Despite being drafted in 2016, Young has played just 33 games in five seasons including just 17 since his rookie season. He has had two entire seasons wiped out due to injury, and he missed 14 games in 2020.
Clark and Elliott are the guarantees here. Richards and Levine are primarily utilized on special teams, and Stephens is a total wild card. Watch out for undrafted free agent Ar’Darius Washington to make the roster.
Baltimore Ravens Roster Projections: Special Teams
Kicker: Justin Tucker
Tucker is as good as it gets. Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history, and he has made 89.7% or more of his field goals in each of the last five seasons.
Punter: Sam Koch
The Ravens may not punt much, but when they do, it will be Koch once again. Over 15 seasons with the Ravens, Koch has missed one game.
Long Snapper: Nick Moore