3. New faces for the Ravens
While the Ravens have a core group of guys returning, there are new faces in each position group on defense that will be crucial contributors. While one is a seasoned veteran who will make the transition easily, two are young guys who could take time to adjust to the NFL.
Calais Campbell joins the Ravens in year 13 of his career. Campbell has earned 5 pro-bowl nominations as well as one all-pro honor. He will be a monster on the outside with the ability to rush the passer and stop the run. He will be lined up against rookie Jedrick Wills most of the day and will be something to keep your eyes on.
Patrick Queen was the Raven’s first-round pick at no. 28 in 2020. The LSU standout was a tackling machine while having the speed to fly around the field. Although way too early, many have pegged him as the next Ray Lewis in Baltimore. While he will likely become a great NFL player, the Browns may be able to expose Queen with misdirection and play-action as he adjusts to the NFL.
DeShon Elliot will be the biggest question mark for the Ravens in week one. Obviously, the team felt comfortable enough with him to cut long time star Earl Thomas, but the sixth-round pick from Texas has only appeared in six other NFL games. Look for the Browns to try and put Elliot in tough positions and it could be a long day for the Ravens pass defense if he isn’t ready to be an NFL starter.