Which Ravens Rookies Will Make Immediate Impact?Posted on May 17, 2014 by Joe Platania
Not every rookie is going to make an immediate impact for the Ravens -- or any other team, for that matter -- but there are a few that could make their presence felt right away.
In the latest edition of the PressBox unofficial two-deep chart, several of the team's draft picks -- as well as one undrafted rookie -- have been inserted into the mix.
Because of fourth-round pick Lorenzo Taliaferro's pass-protection skills and his big frame (6-foot, 229 pounds), he has been listed as the new reserve fullback behind second-year player Kyle Juszczyk.
Undrafted rookie tackle James Hurst, recovering from a leg injury suffered during a bowl game, is currently placed behind Rick Wagner, who was ostensibly handed the starting right tackle job when Michael Oher left for Tennessee in free agency.
On defense, C.J. Mosley's first-round status and three-down résumé put him ahead of Arthur Brown at weak-side linebacker, with Brown likely to play nickel in the immediate future.
In a scenario the coaching staff would probably welcome, second-year safety Matt Elam moves from free to strong safety, pushing free-agent pickup Darian Stewart to backup status.
That opens the free safety door for third-round pick Terrence Brooks to start right away, which has Ravens holdover Omar Brown as a backup.
For now, a possible defensive line makeover remains on hold, as fourth-round end Brent Urban is still recovering from ankle surgery, and second-round tackle Timmy Jernigan's role has still not been clearly defined.
UNOFFICIAL 2014 RAVENS DEPTH CHART
(subject to change)
WR (X): Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones
LT: Eugene Monroe, Rick Wagner
LG: Kelechi Osemele, Jah Reid
C: Jeremy Zuttah, Gino Gradkowski
RG: Marshal Yanda, Jah Reid
RT: Rick Wagner, James Hurst
TE: Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels
QB: Joe Flacco, Tyrod Taylor
FB: Kyle Juszczyk, Lorenzo Taliaferro
RB: Ray Rice, Bernard Pierce
WR (Z): Steve Smith, Marlon Brown
X -- denotes split end, or downfield/speed receiver
Z -- denotes flanker, or possession/slot receiver (Y)
DE: Chris Canty, DeAngelo Tyson
NT: Haloti Ngata, Terrence Cody
DT: Brandon Williams, Kapron Lewis-Moore
Rush: Terrell Suggs, Pernell McPhee
Will: C.J. Mosley, Arthur Brown
Mike: Daryl Smith, Albert McClellan
Sam: Courtney Upshaw, Elvis Dumervil
CB: Lardarius Webb, Chykie Brown
SS: Matt Elam, Darian Stewart
FS: Terrence Brooks, Omar Brown
CB: Jimmy Smith, Asa Jackson
P: Sam Koch, Justin Tucker
K: Justin Tucker
KO: Justin Tucker, Sam Koch
H: Sam Koch
LS: Morgan Cox
KR: Jacoby Jones, Deonte Thompson
PR: Jacoby Jones, Lardarius Webb
CONTRACT STATUS CHART
(information courtesy of Rotoworld.com, year indicates final season of current contract)
CB Chykie Brown, S Omar Brown (restricted), LB D.J. Bryant (restricted), LB Josh Bynes (restricted), NT Terrence Cody, LS Morgan Cox, TE Owen Daniels, RB Justin Forsett, WR LaQuan Williams, LB Adrian Hamilton (restricted), S Anthony Levine (restricted), LB Pernell McPhee, S Jeromy Miles, G Jah Reid, G/C A.Q. Shipley (restricted), WR Torrey Smith, S Darian Stewart, QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Deonte Thompson (restricted), S Brynden Trawick (restricted), K Justin Tucker (restricted)
WR Marlon Brown (restricted), LB Chris Canty, C Gino Gradkowski, CB Asa Jackson, P Sam Koch, LB Albert McClellan, DT Haloti Ngata, G Kelechi Osemele, RB Bernard Pierce, WR Jimmy Smith, DE DeAngelo Tyson, LB Courtney Upshaw, G Marshal Yanda
LB Arthur Brown, S Matt Elam, C Ryan Jensen, FB Kyle Juszczyk, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, WR Aaron Mellette, RB Ray Rice, LB John Simon, WR Steve Smith, T Rick Wagner, NT Brandon Williams
LB Elvis Dumervil, WR/RS Jacoby Jones, LB Daryl Smith, CB Lardarius Webb (option year), DT Timmy Jernigan, TE Crockett Gillmore, RB Lorenzo Taliaferro, G/C John Urschel, QB Keith Wenning, WR Michael Campanaro
QB Joe Flacco, T Eugene Monroe, TE Dennis Pitta, LB Terrell Suggs, C Jeremy Zuttah
RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACTS (nine)
WR Kamar Aiken, TE Matt Furstenburg, DL Cody Larsen, T David Mims, TE Nathan Overbay, WR Gerrard Sheppard, QB Nick Stephens, C Reggie Stephens, RB Cierre Wood
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