Projected 2015 starters: Baltimore Ravens


Around The NFL predicts the Week 1 starting lineups for all 32 teams, analyzing the potential impact of each rookie class. See every breakdown here.

Ravens Projected Starters
  Offense Defense
  QB Joe Flacco DT Chris Canty
  RB Justin Forsett NT Brandon Williams
  WR1 Steve Smith Sr. DT Timmy Jernigan
  WR2 Breshad Perriman OLB Terrell Suggs
  WR3 Marlon Brown ILB C.J. Mosley
  TE1 Maxx Williams ILB Daryl Smith
  LT Eugene Monroe OLB Elvis Dumervil
  LG Kelechi Osemele CB1 Lardarius Webb
  C Jeremy Zuttah CB2 Jimmy Smith
  RG Marshal Yanda S Will Hill
  RT Rick Wagner S Kendrick Lewis

» Assuming Dennis Pitta can't return in time, the Ravens are poised to start a pair of new playmakers in the opener. First-round wideout Breshad Perriman looked more natural hauling in passes at minicamp than Torrey Smith did as a rookie, per's Jamison Hensley. If he can overcome his college drops, Perriman's 4.25 speed and 6-foot-2, 212-pound frame make him my pick to make the biggest impact of all first-year wideouts. Drawing comparisons to Todd Heap, rookie tight end Maxx Williams was drafted to play right away, with second-year target Crockett Gillmore taking the field on two-man sets.

» New play-caller Marc Trestman is expected to retain elements of former coordinator Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. With all five offensive linemen set to return, why mess with a formula that unleashed Justin Forsett for 1,266 yards? Rookie Javorius Allen will compete with Lorenzo Taliaferro for backup carries.

» We're tapping Will Hill to start at safety after general manager Ozzie Newsome acknowledged that "we have not been satisfied" with third-year backstop Matt Elam. While the former first-rounder will make the team, we can't help but wonder if the Ravens might try to trade inside linebacker Arthur Brown, who is no threat to take snaps away from C.J. Mosley or Daryl Smith.

» Fourth-round rookie Za'Darius Smith might be the long-term replacement for Pernell McPhee, but Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil remain as starters at outside linebacker. We can't help but wonder if Smith was also drafted to allow the team to eventually wave farewell to Courtney Upshaw, who excels against the run but boasts just three sacks over as many regular seasons. He's more of a situational player.

» Joe Flacco remains embedded under center, but Tyrod Taylor has been swept out in favor of lackluster veteran Matt Schaub. Everything in Baltimore crumbles if the former Texans quarterback sees anything beyond garbage-time snaps.

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