OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens have until 4:00 p.m. on Aug. 30 to finalize their 53-man roster.
A few undrafted rookies make those decisions more difficult.
Here’s the projection and breakdown.
1. Lamar Jackson, 2. Tyler Huntley
Analysis: No surprise here. The Ravens are still looking to finalize a new deal with Jackson, who is playing on his fifth-year option. Huntley pitched well in the preseason, but was 1-3 as a starter last season.
3. JK Dobbins, 4. Justice Hill, 5. Mike Davis, 6. Tyler Badie
Analysis: The Ravens prioritize the running attack. Dobbins is coming off a season-ending knee injury, so the Ravens need depth and insurance. Hill is a solid special teams player. Davis provides veteran stability. Buddy will be taken off the practice squad if the Ravens try to stash him there.
7. Rashod Bateman, 8. Devin Duvernay, 9. Demarcus Robinson, 10. James Proche II and 11. Tylan Wallace
Analysis: The Ravens had several undrafted players pushing for a spot, most notably Shemar Bridges, Makai Polk, Binjimen Victor and Bailey Geter, but there is no room for the 53s. Wallace hasn’t had an outstanding training camp, but the hope is he plays better when the plays count. Robinson could be a huge addition.
12. Mark Andrews, 13. Nick Boyle, 14. Isaiah Lickley, 15. Charlie Kolar and 16. Patrick Ricard (full back)
Analysis: Andrews and Likely can be devastating to opposing defenses. Kolar could provide a spark when he returns from hernia surgery. Boyle is trying to recover from a devastating leg injury. Rickard is one of the best defensive backs in the NFL and can play tight end.
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Tackles: 17. Ronnie Stanley, 18. Morgan Moses, 19. Ja’Wuan James, 20. Daniel Faalele. Guards/Center: 21. Ben Powers, 22. Kevin Zeitler, 23. Patrick McCarry, 24. Tyre Phillips, 25. Ben Cleveland and 26. Tyler Linderbaum (center).
Analysis: The Ravens hope Stenky can be a starter at left tackle after dealing with an ankle injury each of the last two seasons. James is also looking to bounce back from several injury-riddled seasons. Linderbaum has recovered from a foot injury and should start at center. This is one of the Ravens’ deeper offensive lines if players are healthy.
Defensive line: 27. Calais Campbell, 28. Michael Pierce, 29. Justin Madubuike, 30. Broderick Washington, 31. Travis Jones and 32. Brent Urban.
Analysis: Jones will likely be out for the first few games after suffering a knee injury in the preseason. Campbell and Pierce should be fresh and ready to go. Expectations are high for Madubuike, who is entering his third year. Urban gets credit over Isaiah Mack for his experience. Mack could also take a roster spot if Jones goes on IR.
Outside linebacker: 33. Odafe Oweh, 34. Justin Houston, 35. Daelin Hayes and 36. David Ojabo
Analysis: The Ravens have some flexibility with Tyus Bowser starting the season on the reserve/PUP list with an Achilles injury. Ojabo is also headed to IR with an Achilles injury, which could open the door for the Ravens to add Steven Means or Jeremiah Moon. Hayes needs to show he can stay on the field.
Inside linebacker: 37. Patrick Quinn, 38. Josh Bynes, 39. Malik Harrison and 40. Josh Ross
Analysis: Ross, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan, was a star and should earn a roster spot over Christian Welch, who also had a solid camp and could make the practice squad. Queen needs to take the next step in her career. Harrison had a solid training camp. Bynes adds a veteran presence.
Cornerbacks: 41. Marlon Humphrey, 42. Marcus Peters, 43. Kyle Fuller, 44. Brandon Stevens, 45. Damarion “Pepe” Williams and 46. Jalin Armour-Davis.
Analysis: Peters is expected to be fully recovered from the season-ending knee injury he suffered last year. Humphrey is also nursing an injury but has participated in all offseason workouts. Fuller is a veteran who looks good. Rookie Williams could be a breakout. Armour-Davis dealt with the injuries. Kevan Seymour could take over if his ankle injury isn’t serious.
Safeties: 47. Marcus Williams, 48. Chuck Clark, 49. Kyle Hamilton and 50. Gino Stone.
Analysis: This was perhaps the Raven’s deepest position. There is no room for veteran Tony Jefferson, but he could be re-signed if injured. Stone gets the nod ahead of Ar’Darius Washington, who suffered a season-ending foot injury last year. Washington can continue to return to form on the practice squad.
Specialist: 51. Kicker Justin Tucker, 52. Punter Jordan Stout and Long Snapper Nick Moore.
Analysis: This unit is the best of the Ravens’ concerns. Stout justified his fourth-round pick. Tucker is the best in the game. Moore’s name is rarely mentioned … and that’s a good thing.