We already looked at the potential Baltimore Ravens depth chart 2021 for the offense. Now, we are going to look at the Ravens depth chart for the defense.
In 2020, the Ravens defense allowed the 2nd fewest amount of points. Overall, the Baltimore Ravens defense ranked #7, with the passing defense at #6 and the rushing defense at #8 respectively. The Ravens defense also had the 3rd fewest number of penalties (77) for the 4th fewest number of yards at 646. As far as touchdowns go, the Ravens allowed the 5th (tied) fewest number of passing touchdowns (22) and 3rd (tied) fewest number of rushing touchdowns. The Ravens could improve on defensive interceptions, though, they tied for the 4th fewest last season.
Ultimately, the Ravens should bring in more help for their pass rush in the form of a veteran and through the draft. They should also consider adding depth at slot cornerback and/or a playmaking safety in coverage. The defensive line is also aging, so drafting there would be helpful too.
Ravens Defense – potential depth chart as of right now
EDGE/OLB: Tyus Bowser, Pernell McPhee, Jaylon Ferguson, Aaron Adeoye, Chauncey Rivers
The Ravens defense lost Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue to free agency. That means they lost three of their top five outside linebackers. Right now that indicates that McPhee and Ferguson would mainly be the pass rush. And Bowser would take over the strong-side where Judon played. The Ravens will most likely look to the 2021 NFL Draft to add another pass rusher or two. However, they would definitely benefit from bringing in a solid veteran pass rusher that is capable of producing 8 to 10 sacks.
DE/DT: Calais Campbell, Justin Madubuike, Brandon Williams, Derek Wolfe, Broderick Washington, Justin Ellis, Braxton Hoyett.
At the beginning of the Ravens offseason 2021, there was a rumor going around that Brandon Williams may get released. That’s all it was, though, a rumor. Campbell and Williams are in the last years of their current contracts. The Ravens opened up some cap space by moving their contracts around. Wolfe was just re-signed to a 3-year deal. It is very likely because of the current high average age on the line that the Ravens use a draft pick on the defensive line.
MLB: Patrick Queen, Malik Harrison, Chris Board, Otaro Alaka, Kristian Welch.
The Ravens let L.J. Fort go by not picking up his option. I understand the decision because it is time to let the youth step up. Plus, the Ravens brought in Rob Ryan to help with the inside linebackers. The Ravens may bring Fort back on a cheaper deal or a veteran in, but it is not a priority. I imagine Queen, Harrison, and Board will take the bulk of the snaps here. I look forward to seeing these players grow. This part of the Ravens depth chart seems to be set, at least for now.
Outside Cornerbacks: Marlon Humphrey (and slot), Marcus Peters, Jimmy Smith, Anthony Averett, Iman Marshall, Davontae Harris, Chris Westry.
Slot Cornerbacks: Tavon Young, Khalil Dorsey.
You could probably say there are few potential starting corners on the Ravens defense with Peters, Humphrey, Smith, Young, and Averett. However, once he was considered one of the top nickel corners in the league, now Young seems to stay injured. I think it is important to add depth here, especially at slot cornerback. The Ravens seem to draft at least one cornerback every year, so I don’t expect that to change in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Strong Safety: Chuck Clark, Jordan Richards.
Free Safety: DeShon Elliot, Nigel Warrior.
If Tavon Young can stay healthy or the Ravens find another solid option at slot corner, then Jimmy Smith should be able to help at safety in coverage. Either way, the Ravens should add another safety for depth and coverage support. Clark and Elliot are similar and both are really strong safety types. The Ravens defense would really benefit from adding a playmaking safety to the mix.
Where do you think the Ravens defense needs help?
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