The draft is in the books, so the Ravens now have a much clearer picture of what their 2015 roster will look like than they did two weeks ago.
To be sure, Ozzie Newsome and Co. never stop watching the waiver wire, and the roster still figures to have plenty of additions and subtractions. In fact, a slew of undrafted rookies will be in Owings Mills this weekend for a rookie minicamp as they try to beat the long odds and make the team.
"We’re not done putting this team together right now," Newsome said after the draft. "It’s still two or three months – maybe four months – before we have to play Denver. We as a personnel staff, we’re still going to be mining for players to make our roster to make us better.”
But if the season were to begin tomorrow, here's a projected two-deep with all the draft picks in the fold.
First, the offense:
QB: Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub
RB: Justin Forsett, Lorenzo Taliaferro
WR1: Steve Smith Sr., Kamar Aiken
WR2: Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro
WR3: Breshad Perriman, Jeremy Butler
TE: Maxx Williams, Crockett Gillmore
LT: Eugene Monroe, James Hurst
LG: Kelechi Osemele, Robert Myers
C: Jeremy Zuttah, Ryan Jensen
RG: Marshal Yanda, John Urschel
RT: Rick Wagner, Jah Reid
QUARTERBACK: Schaub gives the Ravens a more proven commodity at backup quarterback than Taylor, and as someone who played in Gary Kubiak's system, he should be ready to step right in if Joe Flacco were to go down with an injury. Which, of course, has happened exactly never in Flacco's NFL career.
RUNNING BACK: Forsett returns as the obvious starter, and given that the Ravens waited until the fourth round to draft another running back, Forsett figures to be the workhorse. Taliaferro will serve as Forsett's No. 1 understudy, with rookie Javorius "Buck" Allen at No. 3. For the sake of this two-deep, we'll start three wide receivers, but Kyle Juszczyk is the starting fullback when called upon.
WIDE RECEIVER: Rookies don't often jump right into the mix as starters with the Ravens, but Perriman brings the size and speed that the Ravens need after losing Torrey Smith to free agency. The Ravens just have to hope his drops are behind him. Drops pretty much doomed Jacoby Jones as a receiver last season. Marlon Brown came on strong late last season and figures to have a larger role. Michael Campanaro has the chance to make a big impact as a slot receiver if he can stay healthy. Butler was parked on injured reserve last year but could be a sleeper. And keep in mind the Ravens could always discover an undrafted rookie receiver, as they did with Brown two years ago.
TIGHT END: No Dennis Pitta? The Ravens would love it if Pitta can return from his second major hip injury, but they are clearly preparing for life without him. The tight end is a key receiving component in Marc Trestman's offense, and Williams will have the chance to start right away. He is the better receiver than Gillmore, who returns to his role as a blocker and occasional receiver.
OFFENSIVE LINE: To be clear, there's no way the Ravens keep all 10 of these linemen. John Urschel can double as either a guard or a center and is probably the top backup in both spots. Assuming Rick Wagner is fully recovered from his foot injury that sidelined him late last season, the Ravens return all five starters. If Wagner isn't ready by Week 1, don't be surprised to see the Ravens return to the look they showed in the playoffs last season, with Yanda sliding out to right tackle and Urschel starting at guard. Rookie guard Robert Myers will learn the Ravens system under Yanda and Osemele, two of the best in the game at the position.