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Ravens roster among slowest, heaviest in NFL

Ravens roster among slowest, heaviest in NFL
Defensive players Timmy Jernigan (97), Brandon Williams (98), C.J. Mosley (57) and Kapron Lewis-Moore (95). (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

With the Ravens' 53-man roster set Saturday, NFLSavant.com's Daren Willman ran some roster analyses on team speed, size, and strength and determined that the Ravens' roster is among the slowest and heaviest in the NFL.

The analysis, which he posted on his must-follow Twitter account on Monday, compile the average measurables available for members of each team's opening roster, and there weren't many surprises: The Eagles have the fastest average 40-yard dash time. The St. Louis Rams, they of seemingly a dozen draft picks every year, have the youngest roster, and the Indianapolis Colts, they of every veteran free agent available, have the oldest.

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But the Ravens placement on some of these rankings was interesting.

The offensive line, at an average weight of 306 pounds, is the sixth-lightest in the NFL, which makes sense given the ability for smaller linemen to succeed in a zone-blocking scheme like the one employed by the Ravens.

But overall, the Ravens' roster is the third-heaviest in the NFL, behind only the New York Jets and New England Patriots at 252.189 pounds. That's likely owed to the team's gigantic defensive line, and some hefty outside linebackers, too.

Because of that, with so much of the roster dedicated to those big-man positions, it's no surprise that the team's average 40-yard dash time from the NFL combine is tied for fourth-slowest in the NFL at 4.789 seconds.

Here's a quick summary of the rest of the ratings:

- The Ravens are middle-of-the-pack in roster age, ranking 15th out of 32 teams with an average age of 26.673 years old.

- The Ravens rate 13th in terms of strength, with an average of 21 bench press reps at the combine.

How much all of these ratings mean is up for debate. Speed is good, but the Ravens aren't really building that type of team. What will be interesting to see is whether there's any correlation to these statistics and how the teams finish at the end of the season. For now, it's just a fun talking point as we get ready for real football.

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