Baltimore Ravens rookies had their first mini-camp this past weekend, which presented the first look at what will prove a very important rookie crop for a Ravens team looking to finish higher than third place, where they have finished for three consecutive seasons. With eleven rookies, the team added high level talent and depth across the entire roster, but the fourth round may be what makes this draft a booming success. The Ravens had an unprecedented 5 picks in the fourth, and they emerged with slot corner Tavon Young, deep threat Chris Moore, defensive lineman Willie Henry, offensive lineman Alex Lewis, and running back Kenneth Dixon. All of these rookies have opportunities to be major contributors at their positions, with Young battling Will Davis for the starting slot role, Moore battling a deep wide receiver group for snaps, Henry slotting in a rotation with no clear starter next to Timmy Jernigan and Brandon Williams, and Lewis in the running for the starting left guard spot. Dixon may have the highest ceiling as a rookie, with his skill-set being a particularly good fit with OC Marc Trestman's offensive predilections for heavy involvement of the running back in the passing game. But of all those players, Moore seemed like the unnecessary pick for many fans. With an uphill battle to make the roster, Moore seems to have an overlapping skill set to 2015 first rounder Breshad Perriman and free agent signee Mike Wallace. The roster crunch would not seem to favor him, with the above two plus Kamar Aiken and Steve Smith locks to make the roster, and Jeremy Butler, Michael Campanaro, Chris Matthews, Daniel Brown, and Keenan Reynolds fighting for what is likely 2 roster spots.
Wide Receiver Chris Moore stands out in rookie mini-camp
Baltimore Beat Down | May 10