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Baltimore Ravens: Out to Lunch


This portion of the offseason really is the calm before the storm, with a bit of a slower week of Ravens news. However, the team did officially confirm five new staff hires on Wednesday.

Each hire was had been previously reported by Baltimore media, so the post by the Ravens’ social media team was expected this week. Many of these will be forgotten quickly, though I am confident that Zach Orr will be a fun name to follow this season. The defense has a number of questions, but LB is one of the more underrated ones.

Patrick Queen has a lot to prove in terms of consistency and positional ability, while depth in the unit continues to be a question mark. I expect GM Eric DeCosta to draft a linebacker this spring, meaning Orr will be responsible for developing two young backers throughout the 2022 season. Additionally, if Orr excels in his role (which I expect he will), he could be a dark horse name for a Defensive Coordinator position elsewhere in the league.

Along with these hires, Baltimore announced that Defensive Line Coach Anthony Weaver is now the Assistant Head Coach underneath John Harbaugh.


Weaver is a former DC of the Houston Texans and is in his second year with the Ravens. Last season, he served as the Defensive Run Game Coordinator. Earlier in the offseason, Weaver also interviewed for the DC position with the Denver Broncos. Again, Weaver will be a name to watch for future hires.

With some major changes happening for defensive coaches, one player they’ll be keeping in mind this offseason is free agent Safety DeShon Elliott. RSR’s Todd Karpovich wrote a nice piece over at Sports Illustrated examining Elliott’s future with or without Baltimore.

Due to his injury history, Elliott is a player I would not be surprised to see the Ravens move on from. That said, the team has stuck with him despite injuries early in his career, and he has been productive when on the field.

Many fans hope the Ravens will make a play for Chiefs star Tyrant Mathieu in free agency. Naturally, I would love this move, but that does not mean I expect it to happen. The team isn’t typically a big spender, Mathieu is getting up there in age, and Elliott will be sitting there as a cheaper option.

Further, Baltimore may opt for a new starting Safety in this year’s NFL Draft. If that’s the case, the team may trade back from Pick 14, which was discussed in this week’s Ravens Mailbag article.

As outlined in this snippet, DeCosta will certainly be open to trading back to add picks and maximize value. I do not expect him to do so, though. The Ravens are sure to have a player they covet at Pick 14, and given their need to add franchise-changing talent, I can not see them passing on a top-15 selection.

I could, however, see them trading up. As a case study, let’s say OT Charles Cross is available at Pick 10 and Baltimore absolutely loves him. With a plethora of picks throughout the Draft, why wouldn’t DeCosta move up? This year presents a rare opportunity for the Ravens to go up and get their guy. I would not be surprised to see that happen.

Finally, as both DeCosta and fans continue evaluating talent, the NFL Combine presents a great opportunity to see prospects in action. With a focus on the Center position – a key need for the Ravens – Clifton Brown has highlighted five players to keep an eye on.

Brown notes Centers Tyler Linderbaum, Luke Fortner, Alec Lindstrom, Dohnavan West, and Cam Jurgens in his article. I personally love Linderbaum and Lindstrom, while Fortner and West will be particularly interesting to see more of.

Along with those five, I’d like to throw out the name Dylan Parham. He’s typically listed as a Guard but looks to have Center flexibility, and he’ll be in Indianapolis for the week’s events.

The Combine will take place from March 1st through March 7th, and it’s sure to be a time in which Baltimore condenses its list of eligible Draft prospects. Do not forget to tune in.





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