In the last article, we went over how to potentially fix the voids on the offensive side of the Baltimore Ravens depth chart. Now, in this post, we will go over how to fill the voids on the defensive side.
If you are a Ravens fan, I am sure you are aware that nearly every edge rusher is a free agent. Matthew Judon, Yannick Ngakoue, Tyus Bowser, Pernell McPhee, and Jihad Ward will all hit the open market. I don’t see us retaining Judon or Ngakoue. Personally, I don’t agree with using the franchise tag on one of them either.
Though, I am grateful that Pernell McPhee came out and said he wants to stay a Raven. That is a blessing for the defensive side of the Baltimore Ravens depth chart. It is also possible that we retain Jihad Ward for cheap. He is a good depth player. Now, I would love to have Tyus Bowser back. I think he has a lot of potential, especially in coverage. He is a hybrid player, which fits our system.
What are the needs on defense?
Well, we have no idea who we are going to re-sign. But we can speculate. According to PFF, this is what the Baltimore Ravens depth chart for the defense currently looks like:
The position that stands out is obviously EDGE. But there are some other needs and things to consider. We may try and re-sign Derek Wolfe. He played great last season and helped stop the run. Tavon Young may finally play a full, healthy season. That would be huge for our secondary, but if not reliable veteran Jimmy Smith is there too.
I do love Chuck Clark. And I believe that DeShon Elliot is going to have a breakout season sooner rather than later. I remember reading a tweet from DeShon Elliot when Earl Thomas was the starter. He basically said he was coming for the starting job. I’ll be damned if he didn’t work his butt off to get there. I believe in both of these players. The problem is, neither one is really a coverage safety or a ball hawk. I know every Ravens fan misses Ed Reed.
With that being said, I believe that we should consider adding Malik Hooker. He has had some injury issues, but being a third safety that is good at coverage could be an ideal situation for him. I really think this would make our defense that much better. There is also the option of letting Jimmy Smith fill that role if Tavon Young can stay healthy.
Let’s focus on EDGE, though.
What are some ideal situations to fill the EDGE void for the Ravens?
I have thought up some hypothetical scenarios as to how we can address this gaping void at EDGE on our defense. I would love to know what you think!
- Re-sign McPhee, Ward, and Bowser.
- Sign Markus Golden (update: re-sgned by the Cardinals)
- Draft Jaelan Phillips in the first round.
- Franchise tag Yannick Ngakoue.
- Re-sign McPhee and Ward.
- Use a day two draft pick on someone or try to sign cap-casualty Kyle Van Noy cheap. (update: Van Noy returned to the Patriots)
- Re-sign McPhee and Ward.
- Sign Justin Houston and Markus Golden.
- Don’t stray away from drafting the best player available.
These are some options that I came up with. Honestly, I could get down with every situation, but #3. I don’t like we should franchise tag anyone this year. Personally, I like situation #2 the best. I think those 5 players would give us a good set of edge rushers. It also wouldn’t break the bank as much as the other situations could. Which means we would have more money to work on the offense.
This is what the starting defensive Baltimore Ravens depth chart would look like with situation #2:
Bowser has a lot of potential. And Markus Golden did have an off-year in 2020. However, in 2019, he had 10 sacks. I think with the right coach and system to provide him some stability that he should be able to get back to that. This also would make it so a young guy like Jaelan Phillips can come in and not have to rush to learn the system. We would have solid depth with veteran Pernell McPhee, Jihad Ward, and Jaelan Phillips.
Let me know what you think about this!
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