The rookies report to the Under Armour Performance Center this morning for the start of training camp, and here are eight questions for the 2017 class:
1. How quickly does Marlon Humphrey develop?
The Ravens drafted the Alabama defender with the No. 16 overall pick with the hope that he eventually develops into a shutdown cornerback. The question is how long it takes to get to that point. Humphrey is currently behind Jimmy Smith and Brandon Carr on the depth chart, and that will give him time to develop. But the Ravens hope Humphrey proves to be a fast learner, and they'll find out in training camp what role he's ready to play.
2. Does Tyus Bowser show he's the total package?
Bowser was a versatile player at Houston, getting after quarterbacks and dropping into coverage when necessary. He flashed during offseason practices by notching interceptions and getting into the backfield. The Ravens like that versatility in outside linebackers, and bringing those skills to the table could help Bowser carve out a big role this year.
3. How does Chris Wormley handle competing for a starting job?
The defensive end from Michigan impressed just about everyone with his maturity and how he carried himself during the offseason workouts. He'll now get thrown into a competition for the starting defensive end job with Bronson Kaufusi and Brent Urban, and that will be a lot of pressure on a young player.
4. Does Tim Williams shine when the pads come on?
Williams is a talented player who has all the physical tools to make an impact at the professional level. He thrives when he's chasing quarterbacks, and the Ravens could immediately use him as a situational pass rusher this season. He'll have to prove he's ready for that assignment by shining once the pads come on next week.
5. Will Nico Siragusa emerge in the offensive line competition?
The Ravens are looking for a new starting center and right tackle, and those positions will be decided in training camp battles. The rookie from San Diego State worked as a reserve during the offseason program, but the Ravens like his potential. The offensive line is still very much in flux going into camp, and Siragusa could put himself into the mix if he really impresses the coaching staff in practice. The goal is for the Ravens to find the best five linemen, and they'll look at a variety of alignments to make that happen.
6. How NFL-ready is Jermaine Eluemunor?
Eluemunor was one of the most interesting stories of the entire draft class, as he grew up in London before moving to America to chase his football dream. His backstory is captivating, but now it's going to take a backseat as the focus will be squarely on looking development. Eluemunor is considered a bit of a raw prospect, but his talent is certainly evident. He started at right tackle last year for Texas A&M, and he'll have his opportunities to win a backup spot or potentially even push for starting snaps.
7. Does Chuck Clark prove himself on special teams?
Just about every late-round draft pick has to be a stellar special teamer, and that's no different for Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The sixth-round pick has a tough path considering the depth at safety, but he can earn his spot by shining on special teams. Clark will have some good examples to look to in that regard – veteran safety Anthony Levine has made a nice career for himself by embracing special teams – and the Ravens will look for Clark to do the same.
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8. Which undrafted rookies catch everyone by surprise?
The Ravens have a long history of finding diamonds in the rough in their undrafted rookie classes. Justin Tucker, Zachary Orr, Bart Scott and several others came to Baltimore after every other team passed on them in the draft, but they won jobs by standing out in training camp. The Ravens have several impressive candidates in their undrafted rookie crop, and the key for them will be consistency throughout the entire summer. Rookies can struggle as training camp drags, but the players who thrive late in the summer find themselves on the team in the fall.