2023 NFL Offseason report: Baltimore Ravens

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Free agency recap: Out is the oft-injured cornerback Marcus Peters, replaced by Rock Ya-Sin and Trayvon Mullen, who each surrendered just one touchdown into their coverage last season.

• Best move of the offseason: The biggest story of the offseason was the contract drama between the Ravens and QB Lamar Jackson, but after all the posturing on both sides, the 2019 MVP ultimately got his long-term deal to stay in Baltimore.

• Outlook for 2023: Barring attrition due to injury, this roster has the look of a competitor. The receiving corps is easily the deepest and most talented it has been during Jackson’s Ravens career, and the starting offensive line should also be a strong unit.

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BALTIMORE RAVENS OFFSEASON GRADE: B

2023 NFL Free Agency
FA signings FA losses
QB Lamar Jackson OG Ben Powers (DEN)
WR Odell Beckham Jr. CB Marcus Peters (FA)
CB Rock Ya-Sin EDGE Justin Houston (FA)
WR Nelson Agholor TE Josh Oliver (Vikings)
CB Trayvon Mullen  
Free agency recap

The biggest story of the offseason was the contract drama between the Ravens and QB Lamar Jackson, but after all the posturing on both sides, the 2019 MVP ultimately got his long-term deal to stay in Baltimore.

The Ravens also attempted to upgrade his weaponry, bringing in wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor.

On the other side of the ball, out is the oft-injured CB Marcus Peters, replaced by Rock Ya-Sin and Trayvon Mullen. Both cornerbacks surrendered just one touchdown into their coverage last season, though both missed multiple games due to injury.

2023 Draft class

R1 (22): WR Zay Flowers, Boston College
R3 (86): LB Trenton Simpson, Clemson
R4 (124): EDGE Tavius Robinson, Ole Miss
R5 (157): CB Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford
R6 (199): G Sala Aumavae-Laulu, Oregon
R7 (229): G Andrew Vorhees, USC

2023 NFL Draft recap

After using free agency to add veteran experience to the receiving corps, the Ravens opted for youth and explosiveness to further bolster the unit via the draft. Zay Flowers racked up 503 yards after the catch for Boston College last season, a feat made possible in part by his 15 forced missed tackles.

The highlight of Day 3 for Baltimore was its final pick, offensive guard Andrew Vorhees, who earned back-to-back 80.0-plus PFF grades at USC and would have been drafted significantly sooner if not for the ACL tear he suffered during combine drills.

Best move of the offseason: Signing Lamar Jackson

Bringing Jackson back was critical, as the franchise would have been sent into full reset mode without him. Health will be key for him going forward, as he has missed the better part of 14 games in the past two seasons.

Remaining team needs: Interior defender

The Ravens don’t have a lot of holes on paper but could use improved play on the defensive interior. Justin Madubuike has never quite lived up to his 2020 pre-draft hype, as he has yet to post a pass-rush win rate over 8.0% and his highest run-defense grade to date is just 65.1.

Broderick Washington is also slated to start, and his career-best run-defense grade is just 64.7, while his best pass-rush win rate comes in at just 5.8%.

Early position battle to watch: LB Patrick Queen vs. LB Trenton Simpson

Roquan Smith has the starting MIKE position locked down, but things could get interesting at WILL, considering Baltimore selected Trenton Simpson in the third round.

Simpson is a supreme athlete who forced four incompletions in coverage last year at Clemson. While Patrick Queen enjoyed a breakout season of sorts in 2022, earning a 69.7 overall grade, this was in large part due to him tallying 22 total pressures (with six sacks and six QB hits).

Simpson will likely have his shot at getting off-ball reps.

2023 Outlook

Barring attrition due to injury, this roster has the look of a competitor. The receiving corps is easily the deepest and most talented it has been during Jackson’s Ravens career, and the starting offensive line should also be a strong unit.

On the other side of the ball, the secondary has several new pieces that will need to fit in quickly, but the pass rush should get an added boost from edge defender David Ojabo, who was a supreme talent from the 2022 draft but played just 23 snaps last year due to his recovery from a torn Achilles suffered during his pro day workout.

If Kansas City, Buffalo and Cincinnati are to be considered the “big three” in the AFC, then Baltimore is certainly one of the top contenders to break through that trio.

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