The NFL season ended a little over a week ago at the conclusion of Super Bowl LIII and that only means one thing: six months filled with useless mock drafts and plenty of childish drama.
The ambiguous tweets and Instagram posts from soon-to-be free agents have already started while teams and media outlets continue to stir the pot with the customary eyeball emoji. Just like many of you, I am fed up with the social media culture that surrounds professional athletes. 99% of the time these social media antics mean absolutely nothing but it does give major networks an excuse to cover the NFL year round.
Because of roster turnover or injury, the positions that graded out high may not match these grades next season. The same goes for the areas that turned in lower grades. Those who follow the Ravens can point to certain positions that need some work over the summer. Here’s my positional ranking, from the ones that need addressed most to the ones that should be addressed last.
The move comes just a few days before the teams final preseason game but with the addition of the Hall of Fame game, the Ravens must have felt they had seen enough already to make this move.
Correa found himself on the bubble after disappointing in his first two seasons as a Raven. He entered the 2018 preseason with a lot of competition and needed a strong showing to make the roster. In the Hall of Fame game against Chicago, Correa did just that. The linebacker posted five solo tackles, three sacks, and even came up with an interception. It was an outstanding performance from a player looking to reestablish himself.
As the preseason progressed, Correa didn’t exactly fade into the background. He recorded tackles and saw significant playing time in the next three games, but he was not particularity flashy.
Correa clearly a better fit at OLB and he played well there at times this summer. But Ravens still had Terrell Suggs, Matthew Judon, Z. Smith, Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser in front of him on depth chart.
Even with his breakout performance against the Bears, Correa remained one of those players on the bubble due to the amount of depth at outside linebacker. At the same time, the Ravens rightfully recognized that Correa had done enough to make himself valuable to another team. There is no sense in just cutting the guy and letting a team scoop him up a few days later. Even if you are comfortable giving him up, you might as well get something back for a player you previously used a second round pick on.