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Taking a look at the Ravens defensive and special teams depth chart

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs gestures as he runs onto the field before a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Baltimore.

After completing the rookie minicamp Saturday, the Ravens will continue with their offseason program this week. The next big date on the offseason calendar is the start of voluntary organized team activities during the week of May 23.

Below is one man's opinion as to where the Ravens defensive and special teams depth charts stand at this juncture of the offseason.



Rush linebacker: Terrell Suggs, Kamalei Correa, Victor Ochi


Skinny: Unsure about Suggs' form as he tries to come back from a torn Achilles tendon for the second time in four years, the Ravens added plenty of pass-rushing threats. Even if Suggs proves he's healthy, the Ravens will likely limit the snaps of the linebacker who turns 34 in October. Correa, a second-round pick, is an athletic rusher who should provide a nice change of pace. An undrafted free agent, Ochi is raw but talented.

Defensive end: Lawrence Guy, Brent Urban, Bronson Kaufusi, Nordly Capi

Skinny: The Ravens let veteran starter Chris Canty go, but they still have plenty of depth at this spot. The underrated Guy could be used in obvious running downs with Urban entering in passing situations. Kaufusi, who also can rush from the outside, is the wild card. The Ravens can utilize him in a similar way they used Pernell McPhee.

Defensive tackle: Timmy Jernigan, Willie Henry, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Trevon Coley, Michael Pierce

Skinny: This group gives defensive coordinator Dean Pees a lot of options as well. The Ravens use a deep defensive line rotation. Jernigan is the starter, but Henry, Guy, Lewis-Moore and Carl Davis could all factor into this spot as well.

Nose tackle: Brandon Williams, Carl Davis

Skinny: Williams is the Ravens' top run stuffer and he should be extra motivated as he enters his contract year. Perhaps, this is the year one of the NFL's best nose tackles breaks through and makes the Pro Bowl. Davis hit the rookie wall last season and his snaps dropped significantly. After a full offseason in the weight room, Davis should be ready to solidify a spot in the defensive line rotation.    

Strong-side linebacker: Elvis Dumervil, Za'Darius Smith, Matt Judon, Chris Carter, Brennen Beyer, Mario Ojemudia


Skinny: When Suggs was lost in Week One last year with an Achilles injury, Dumervil became an every-down player and he wore down by season's end. The Ravens have plenty of depth now, so that shouldn't happen again. Courtney Upshaw is gone, but Smith, who had 5 ½ sacks as a rookie, is a capable replacement. The Ravens also can employ Judon, Correa and Ochi as situational rushers. If Carter makes the roster, it will be mostly because of special teams.

Middle linebacker: C.J. Mosley, Albert McClellan

Skinny: With Daryl Smith now playing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mosley will slide into his middle linebacker spot, and assume more of a leadership role. The Ravens also should be able to help Mosley more in the passing game. The Ravens still could add a veteran middle linebacker, but McClellan has plenty of experience and the organization wants to give Zachary Orr and Arthur Brown an opportunity.

Weak-side linebacker: Zachary Orr, Arthur Brown, Patrick Onwuasor, Cavellis Luckett

Skinny: Orr may have a slight lead over Brown for the open weak-side linebacker job after the undrafted free agent out of North Texas played well when his snaps increased last season. Brown, the second-round pick in 2013, figures to finally get an extended look this summer. Ravens coach John Harbaugh has praised the progress Brown has made.

Cornerback: Jimmy Smith, Kyle Arrington, Tavon Young, Julian Wilson


Skinny: As with wide receivers, the Ravens figure to have at least three cornerbacks on the field more often than not. Smith, who had the screws removed from his surgically repaired right foot last week and might be sidelined until training camp, is the team's top corner. Arrington, Young and Will Davis are the top contenders for the No. 3 cornerback role.

Cornerback: Shareece Wright, Will Davis, Maurice Canady, Sheldon Price

Skinny: Wright, who was re-signed this offseason after a solid second half of the 2015 campaign, is the clear frontrunner to start opposite Smith, his best friend and former high school teammate. If he's healthy following knee surgery last season, Davis could become an important piece for the Ravens. Lacking depth, the Ravens will need draft picks Young and Canady to contribute immediately.

Strong safety: Lardarius Webb, Matt Elam, Anthony Levine

Skinny: At 5-foot-10 and 182 pounds, Webb isn't an ideally built NFL strong safety. However, the Ravens have prioritized getting more athletic in the middle of the field and improving the ball skills on the back end. Webb should help in those areas. Elam, the 2013 first-round pick who has been a big disappointment, is no lock to make the team. Levine is one of the team's special teams captains.

Free safety: Eric Weddle, Kendrick Lewis, Terrence Brooks, Nick Perry, Jermaine Whitehead


Skinny: Harbaugh and Pees have long said they consider the two safeties interchangeable. However, Weddle played free safety for the San Diego Chargers and he is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. Lewis, a 15-game starter last season, is the leading candidate to become the No. 3 safety. Brooks and Elam will battle for the fourth spot.

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Kicker: Justin Tucker, Wil Lutz

Punter: Sam Koch

Long snapper: Morgan Cox

Punt returner: Michael Campanaro, Kaelin Clay, Keenan Reynolds


Kick returner: Keenan Reynolds, Kaelin Clay, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Chris Moore

Skinny: There is no ambiguity about the Ravens' kicking battery. Tucker, Koch and Cox are among the best in the game in their roles. Lutz can punt and kick, so his presence will prevent the Ravens from overtaxing Tucker and Koch in camp. The return jobs are up in the air. Clay did a nice job last year after Campanaro and others went down. However, he's pretty low on the wide receiver depth chart, and it's going to be tough for the Ravens to use a roster spot on an exclusive return man. If he's healthy, Campanaro is probably the Ravens best bet on punt returns. As for kick returns, expect Harbaugh and company to provide a ton of repetitions for Reynolds and others during training camp.