The Ravens wrapped up a productive draft on Saturday, finishing the process with new additions such as cornerback Marlon Humphrey, edge rushers Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams, and interior defender Chris Wormley. Baltimore isn’t finished tweaking its roster, however, as general manager Ozzie Newsome the club’s makeup can still change over the next few months.
“You know there are going to be players that are going to be released after the draft,” Newsome said, according to Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com. “There are going to be players that are going to be released in training camp. We are not done. The draft is a big part of it, and we are not done with the 53-man squad that we are going to play with when we open up against Cincinnati.”
While the Ravens upgraded several layers of their defense through the draft and free agency — they added safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Brandon Carr during the latter — Baltimore could still use help at wide receiver. Surprisingly, the club didn’t use any of its seven draft picks on a pass-catcher, and is now projected to start the 2017 campaign with Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman as its top two wideouts. Perriman, a former first-round pick, missed his entire rookie season in 2015 and managed only 33 receptions last year.
Baltimore still has nearly $6MM in available cap space, so it could afford to bring in another receiver in the coming weeks. Head coach John Harbaugh recently said he’d “obviously” be open to reunion with veteran Anquan Boldin, while Victor Cruz, Michael Floyd, and Andrew Hawkins are also available. May 11 could be a key date to watch, as any unrestricted free agent signed after that day won’t affect the 2018 compensatory pick formula.
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