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Justin Rochat
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Team Needs:

IOL, WR, LB, EDGE, RB, S, DL

Available Draft Picks:

1.(22), 3.(85), 4.(117), 5.(151), 6.(180).

Starting Cap Space:

$50,203,799

Trades:

None

Restructures:

None

Cuts:

CB Brandon Carr to save $5,000,000

CB Jimmy Smith to save $9,500,000

This were easy decisions to make. Even though Carr has played well in the CB2 role the Ravens have selected well in the draft at this position. Jimmy Smith becomes another cap casualty for as much talent as he may have his high cap number and his lack of ability to stay healthy isn’t worth keeping. This should give the Ravens enough money to retain some key pieces.

Re-signings:

LB C.J. Mosley for 5 years, $48,859,430

WR John Brown for 2 years, $12,259,034

OLB Terrell Suggs for 1 year, $4,800,000

QB Robert Griffin III for 1 Year, $2,000,000

DT Michael Pierce for 1 year, $3,110,000 (2nd round tender)

LB Patrick Onwuasor
for 1 year, $3,110,000 (2nd round tender)

RB TY Montgomery for 1 year, $1,500,000

The big takeaway here is CJ Mosley who is an important piece to the Ravens defense. Mosley is probably the best pick by Baltimore in recent memory and must be brought back. John Brown had a really nice season for Baltimore and comes back on fair 2 year deal to help out young Lamar Jackson. Terrell Suggs is a legend in Baltimore and wants to keep playing. He definitely left some money on the table to stay here. RG3 was important to Lamar Jackson as that veteran presence a young QB seeks. He gets a little pay bump to ensure he stays here to help Lamar progress. Michael Pierce and Patrick Onwuasor were very nice and surprising pieces to this baltimore defense and would continue to be for at least another season under the RFA tender(provided they don’t sign an offer sheet). Ty Montgomery does a little bit of everything on offense and Lamar could use a security blanket like Montgomery.

Free Agent Signings:

C Matt Paradis for 5 years, $51,000,000

DE Brandon Graham for 5 years, $77,096,055

Biggest needs left were to improve the interior line next to Yanda and to find a pass rusher. Matt Paradis is a solid center that could help fortify the line. Everyone knows who Brandon Graham is after his strip sack of Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII sealing the deal for the Eagles. Graham kept his momentum going with 8 sacks in 2018. Graham gives Baltimore a nice pass rusher to go with a solid group of guys on the defensive line.

Draft Results:

1.22 – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Throughout all my mock drafts I either had an offensive lineman or a WR going to Baltimore in round one. However, with cuts to Carr and Smith, the corner position needs to be addressed. Byron Murphy is a solid pickup at #22OVR who now is paired with Marlon Humphrey. This should be a dynamic CB1/CB2 duo that could be something to watch out for in 2019 and beyond.

3.85 – Michael Jordan, IOL, Ohio State

Fortifying the interior offensive line continues in round three as Baltimore takes a big, nasty Lineman from Ohio State: Michael Jordan. Jordan has been overlooked due to some other names rising up draft boards, but Jordan could line up right away at either guard spot.

4.17 – Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, Nebraska

I changed this pick about 4 times, but I like the selection I made. Stanley Morgan Jr is a very very solid player.Some may say this may be a little too early for him but I disagree. He has solid hands to pair with speed that will translate to the next level. If given a clean release off the line he can be very dangerous. Morgan jr broke records at Nebraska in receiving yards and consecutive games with a reception. Lamar needs all the weapons he could get.

5.151 – Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Trayveon Williams is a flat out beast and just isn’t being talked about as much as he should be. I’m not even going to touch on his running ability which is pretty darn good, but rather I want to highlight his overall game. He’s probably the best receiver out of the backfield and even though I have the Ravens re-signing Montgomery, Trayveon is on a whole other level receiving. Trayveon also the best blocker at the running back position. Lamar needs some protection and when Trayveon isn’t running the ball or catching the ball he’ll make sure to do his job when called upon to block.

6.180 – Ugochukwu Amadi, S, Oregon

Ugochukwu Amadi was has been starting for Oregon since his freshman season. Although Amadi isn’t the biggest guy at 5 foot 9 and 200 pounds, he can flat out ball. Amadi projects to be a nickel corner/safety hybrid and could fit perfectly in the Ravens defense learning behind one of the best Safety’s to play the position, Eric Weddle. Weddle has one year left on his contract likely retiring after this year. Amadi could be a steal for the Ravens.

Cap Space Spent on Re-signings:

$14,568,000

Cap Space Spent on Free Agents:

$17,500,000

Cap Space Spent on Draft Picks:

$10,263,680

Total Cap Remaining:

$3,866,667

Backfield Starters

QB: Lamar Jackson

RB: Ty Montgomery/Kenneth Dixon/Trayveon Williams

Receiver Starters

WR1. Michael Crabtree

WR2. Willie Snead IV

Slot: John Brown

TE1: Hayden Hurst

TE2: Mark Andrews

Offensive Line Starters

LT: Ronnie Stanley

LG: Michael Jordan

C: Matt Paradis

RG: Marshal Yanda

RT: Orlando Brown Jr.

Defensive Line Starters

WDE: Chris Wormley

NT: Brandon Williams

SDE: Brandon Graham

Linebacker Starters

RUSH: Terrell Suggs

WLB: Patrick Onwuasor

MLB: CJ Mosley

SLB: Matthew Judon

Secondary Starters

CB1. Marlon Humphrey

CB2. Byron Murphy

Slot: Tayvon Young

SS: Tony Jefferson

FS: Eric Weddle

Special Teamers

K: Justin Tucker

P: Sam Koch

KOS: Justin Tucker

LS: Morgan Cox

KR: Chris Moore

PR: Cyrus Jones

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