The former Washington wide receiver is among the elite prospects at his position for the 2017 NFL Draft. Between a breakout season on the field (1,150 yards, 17 touchdowns) last year, and a NFL Scouting Combine-record 4.22 40-yard dash set a few weeks ago, Ross is positioned well for the draft among top receivers, along with Clemson’s Mike Williams and Western Michigan’s Corey Davis.
The Ravens are among the NFL clubs that are in need of draft help at the wide receiver position. The Ravens hold the No. 16 overall pick in the draft, and he’s projected to be selected by the Ravens in the mock drafts of NFL.com analysts Bucky Brooks and Charley Casserly. NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Ross as the No. 22 player available.
Forsett’s workload dropped from 14 carries in Week 2 to seven the following week. In a loss to the Oakland Raiders this past weekend, he was inactive as Terrance West continued to gobble up a bigger opportunity in the offense. Against Oakland, West went for 113 yards and a touchdown.
As the Ravens anxiously await the arrival of rookie Kenneth Dixon, who has yet to take the field thanks to a knee injury toward the end of the preseason, they decided they no longer had the roster space and resources to devote to Forsett, a 30-year-old who emerged from obscurity to pace Baltimore’s offense back in 2014.
Heading into Week 17, ex-Niners and Bills play-caller Greg Roman was whispered about as a candidate to take over Baltimore’s offense, but Harbaugh is opting for consistency over what would have been the team’s sixth coordinator since 2012 had someone else jumped in.
Mornhinweg hardly fixed the team’s issues on offense — they finished 21st in scoring — but the Ravens showed better balance over the final few weeks of the season with rushing outputs of 151 and 122 yards in Week 15 and 16, respectively. A full offseason could lead to more of that from the promising duo of Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon.
That said, Jeremiah raves about his ideal length, twitch and power as an edge rusher. His spin move is especially impressive.
“Hell of a rusher,” one scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Wins with get-off and bend and technique. He can get skinny. Not a total liability against the run but lacks size, strength at the point of attack.”
One year after joining Baltimore, Arrington missed all of 2016 with a concussion. The ninth-year cornerback played the bulk of his career in New England where he started 56 games over six seasons and won a Super Bowl. Cutting Arrington in the final year of his three-year deal saves the Ravens roughly $2.1 million in cap space, according to Spotrac.
Boykin and Shabazz will fill the void on Baltimore’s roster left by Tavon Young, a promising nickel cornerback entering his second season in Charm City who suffered a torn ACL during organized team activities last week. However, given the Ravens’ cornerback depth and the former’s injury history, there’s no guarantee either see significant playing time or is even on the roster by the end of the preseason.
The pass-catching tight end missed 41 games from 2013-2015 due to two previous hip injuries. Despite indications he could retire in 2015, Pitta bounced back last season to play in all 16 games and lead all tight ends in the NFL with 86 receptions. The latest hip injury could wind up ending his career after the remarkable comeback.
A fourth-round pick out of BYU in 2010, Pitta compiled 224 catches for 2,098 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Ravens.