Baltimore Ravens Rookie Forecast 2024

Adisa Issaac - Ravens Rookie Forecast

Solid Starter

Adisa Isaac, DE, Penn State – Round 1

The Ravens landed a potential steal with Isaac late in the third round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Other teams had Isaac as a potential second-round pick, so landing him late in the third round was an excellent value for Baltimore. With some of their young edge rushers nearing the end of contracts, Isaac provides depth in the short-term and starting potential in the long-term.

For the NFL, the 6-foot-4, 247-pound Isaac is a physical defender at the point of attack. He is tough as nails and difficult to move in the ground game. He holds his gap well with the strength to work off blocks. With a quality lateral anchor and good leverage, offensive linemen struggle to move Isaac. He routinely takes on and shed blocks to get in on tackles that help produce quality down and distance situations. Isaac has a steady motor and doesn’t quit on plays. With his strength, build, good fundamentals, and technique, Isaac should be an asset as a run defender at the next level.

In the pass rush, Isaac is a solid contributor but not a world beater. He has upside with some quickness and athleticism off the edge. He has a powerful bull rush and some quickness out of his stance, but he lacks pass rushing moves and is either speed or power. In the pro ranks, Isaac will probably never be a prolific sacker of the quarterback but he could be a solid complement to good rushers around him.

The Ravens signed veteran Kyle Van Noy to start in 2024, but Isaac could replace him come 2025 as Van Noy is not a long-term starter at this stage of his career. They also have Odafe Oweh nearing free agency and David Ojabo is not far behind him. After spending a year developing, I think Isaac could emerge as a solid starter for Baltimore replacing either Van Not or Oweh.

2023: Zay Flowers, WR
2022: Kyle Hamilton, S
2021: Rashod Bateman, WR
2020: Patrick Queen, LB
2019: Miles Boykin, WR
2018: Hayden Hurst, TE
2017: Chris Wormley, DE
2016: Ronnie Stanley, OT
2015: Maxx Williams, TE
2014: C.J. Mosley, LB
2013: Arthur Brown, LB

Most Likely To Bust

Roger Rosengarten, OT, Washington – Round 2

The Ravens were in the market for some tackle help after trading Morgan Moses to the Commanders. In the second round, Baltimore added Rosengarten to compete with 2022 fourth-round pick Daniel Faalele. While Rosengarten has experience, other teams had him graded lower.

Rosengarten (6-5, 308) is a solid athlete with decent feet and agility on the edge. He is quick out of his stance and is able to play the typewriter with his feet. Through intelligence, technique, and athleticism made him a skilled edge protector in college. Rosengarten has a lack of strength in his anchor and that can get him pushed backwards. He also could have problems with speed to power rushes from pro defenders.

In pass blocking and in the ground game, Rosengarten lacks strength and has to add muscle for the NFL. He does not generate movement in the run game, lacks heavy hands, doesn’t pack a punch, and gets pushed back in bull rushes. Rosengarten needs a year of development as a backup getting stronger in a pro training program before he will be ready to take on NFL defensive linemen. If he is unable to add strength and also starts as a rookie, he is going to get pushed around frequently on Sundays.

The Ravens will let Rosengarten compete with Faalele, and it would not surprise me if Rosengarten gets beaten out. If he doesn’t add strength, he may not stick in the NFL. Of Baltimore’s early-round picks, I think Rosengarten has the most potential to be a bust.

2022: Trenton Simpson, LB
2022: Travis Jones, DT
2021: Ben Cleveland, G
2020: Justin Madubuike, DT
2019: Jaylon Ferguson, DE
2018: Anthony Averett, CB
2017: Tyus Bowser, LB
2016: Bronson Kaufusi, DE
2015: Carl Davis, DT
2014: Timmy Jernigan, DT
2013: Brandon Williams, NT

Potential Boom Pick

Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson – Round 1

The Ravens have a No. 1 cornerback in Marlon Humphrey, but Baltimore always puts a lot of resources into the secondary and they were in the market for more cover corner talent to go with Humphrey. Baltimore was fortunate that Wiggins slid to their selection and he could end up being another draft day steal for the Ravens.

As a cover corner, there really isn’t anything that Wiggins can’t do. He is fast, athletic, long, and fluid. Wiggins is superb at preventing separation and staying in the hip pocket of receivers. Wiggins is fast with serious twitchy. He can carry verticals and that twitchy can be seen in Wiggins displaying a crazy burst to accelerate in an instant. There is no doubt that Wiggins has the speed and agility to run the route and keeping wide outs from getting open. He does an excellent job of staying in phase and not having false steps to allow distance to develop. He can flip his hips and run along the sideline while using his length and athleticism to close with impressive recovery skills. Wiggins can handle big receivers or speed receivers while showing the ability to play press man, off man, or zone. Wiggins is a very fluid mover that lets him run the route and prevent separation.

Wiggins has the No. 1 corner mentality where he is comfortable playing on the island and going one-on-one with receivers. He doesn’t need safety help and doesn’t panic when passes are coming his direction. Wiggins has quality ball skills as well to break passes up or pick passes off.

Wiggins has the skill set and ability to be a No. 1 corner in the NFL and he could end up being a very reliable cover corner in the league. With Humphrey there, Wiggins can matchup on No. 2 receivers and that could make Wiggins suffocating. In a good defense with talent around him, Wiggins could be a boom pick for Baltimore.

2023: None
2022: Tyler Linderbaum, C
2021: Jayson Oweh, OLB
2020: J.K. Dobbins, RB
2019: Marquise Brown, WR
2018: Lamar Jackson, QB
2017: Marlon Humphrey, CB
2016: Kamalei Correa, LB
2015: Breshad Perriman, WR
2014: Terrence Brooks, S
2013: Matt Elam, S

Future Depth Player

Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina – Round 4

Walker had the skill set of a day two prospect but he slid in the draft in large part because of dropped passes. For the NFL, Walker is a fast wide out to get separation on defensive backs over the top and is capable of stretching the field vertically. He is a home run hitter that has serious straight line speed with a second gear to run by defensive backs and get open deep down the field. Along with his speed, Walker has good height and a nice sized catch radius for a speed receive

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Walker is a bit of a one-trick pony as a deep speed receiver. He did not show the ability to be an underneath possessional receiver to be a high volume wide out. On top of his route limitations, Walker is very thin and it looks like he won’t be able to add much weight to his frame. Being that thin could limit Walker as he could struggle to get off press coverage and have problems with physical cornerbacks. Walker must improve his hands for the NFL as he has had a lot of dropped passes. There are times where he will make fantastic highlight reel catches, but he will drop some routine receptions and his hands are going to be a frustrating point of contention for Baltimore. As a result of his limitations and hands, Walker might top out as a third and or fourth rotational receiver for the Ravens. However in that role, Walker could be a nice depth receiver that contributes some as a backup and rotational player.

2023: Kyu Blu Kelly, CB
2022: Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB
2021: Tylan Wallace, WR
2020: Malik Harrison, LB
2019: Justice Hill, RB
2018: Deshon Elliott, S
2017: Jermaine Eluemanor, G
2016: Tavon Young, CB
2015: Buck Allen, RB
2014: Brent Urban, DE
2013: John Simon, LB