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)

OFFENSE

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)

DEFENSE

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

SPECIAL TEAMS

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

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CONTRACT STATUS CHART

(information courtesy of Rotoworld.com, year indicates final season of current contract)

2014 (21)

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)

2015 (13)

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

2016 (11)

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

2017 (10)

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

2018 (five)

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

Joe Platania is in his 21st season covering professional football.

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