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Baltimore Ravens Training Camp: Depth Chart Predictions

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Baltimore Ravens Training Camp: Depth Chart Predictions

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The countdown to Training Camp is on. This is where teams are formed, where jobs are won and lost and where the journey to a championship begins. At the end of every camp every team in the league must cut their roster down to a mere 53 players. I'm going to give it my best shot to predict the 53-man roster for your defending Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.

I must admit this is the first time I've ever tried to predict the roster. Obviously before undertaking such a challenge I took a pen to my spiral notebook and wrote everything out. All I can say is that I'm glad I'm not the one making these decisions in real life, because it's freaking hard. Don't believe me? I currently have 11 linebackers on my sheet now and I'm probably going to have to leave off one or two of them.

In the making off my 53-man squad I made sure to make it the way I think it will be and not just how I want it to be. The categories will be broken down like so, Quarterbacks, Running Backs/Fullbacks, Wide Receivers/Tight Ends, Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Linebackers, Defensive Backs and Special Teams.

My personal goal is to try to get 48 out of 53, that's a 90 percent success rate and an "A" if this was a school project. I'll definitely revisit this when the actual roster comes out after the final preseason game. In the mean time I'd love to hear the feedback from all of you. Do you agree? Disagree? Do you think I'm an idiot? Whatever the case I'd love to hear all of your opinions.

Without further ado, I present to my version of the 2013 Baltimore Ravens roster. Enjoy.

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Quarterbacks

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Picking the quarterbacks was fairly easy. The Ravens have run with just Flacco and Taylor the past few years and I don't see that changing this year, especially with all of the talent at other positions. I give Taylor the nod over Caleb Hanie because he's more versatile and can do the the read-option stuff.

1. Joe Flacco

2. Tyrod Taylor

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Running Backs/Fullbacks

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Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are obvious locks and Kyle Juszczyk is now the only fullback on the roster. The real question is who gets the No. 3 running back spot? I've got Anthony Allen over Damien Berry and Bobby Rainey, mainly because he's decent on special teams. Now if he could only run, catch and block in the offensive game he'd be okay.

1. Ray Rice

2.Bernard Pierce

3.Anthony Allen

4. Kyle Juszczyk

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Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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This is where things start getting interesting. The receiver position is wide open with the departure of Anquan Boldin. The last few years the Ravens have carried six receivers and I see that continuing with influx of upside they have at that position. Smith and Jones are locks and I think Doss, Thompson and Reed to fill out the 3-5 spots, as my first surprise I gave the No. 6 spot to rookie Aaron Mellette, because he's more of the big-bodied possession guy that this team needs. Laquan Williams and Tommy Streeter just didn't make the cut. On the Tight End side Pitta and Dickson are locks and I'm calling another upset with rookie free agent Matt Furstenburg getting the nod over Billy Bajema.

Wide Receivers

1. Torrey Smith

2. Jacoby Jones

3.Tandon Doss

4. Deonte Thompson

5.David Reed

6. Aaron Mellette

Tight Ends

1.Dennis Pitta

2.Ed Dickson

3. Matt Furstenburg

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Offensive Line

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The starters for the line are all locks, with the exception of the center position. Second-year man Gino Gradkowski is the favorite right for the job right now, so I'll give him the nod there. I decided to keep A.Q Shipley (Center) and rookie Ryan Jensen, who was drafted to possibly compete with Gradowski for the center job, I kept Jensen around because he could also play guard. Keeping Jensen meant that I had to cut Ramon Harewood, sorry big guy.

1. Bryant McKinnie

2. Kelechi Osemele

3. Gino Gradkowski

4. Marshall Yanda

5. Michael Oher

6. Jah Reid

7. Ricky Wagner

8. A.Q Shipley

9. Ryan Jensen

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Defensive Line

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David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

I decided to go with only six defensive linemen, to make room for another linebacker. Of course a few of the linebackers could also play on the line, so it's not that big of a deal. With all the talent on the front seven I couldn't find room for Terrance Cody, who just hasn't lived up to expectations.

1. Haloti Ngata

2. Chris Canty

3. Brandon Williams

4. Arthur Jones

5. Marcus Spears

6. Deangelo Tyson

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Linebackers

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Without a doubt the most loaded position on this team. By cutting Terrance Cody earlier I was able to fit 10 linebackers on the roster. Still, I had to cut Bryan Hall, who could end up being a very good player someday.

1. Terrell Suggs

2. Elvis Dumervil

3. Jameel McClain

4. Arthur Brown

5. Courtney Upshaw

6. Daryl Smith

7. Pernell McPhee

8. Josh Bynes

9. Albert McClellan

10. John Simon

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Defensive Backs

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Just like the linebackers I have 10 defensive backs on the roster. I've got six cornerbacks and four safeties, with the idea being that veteran Chris Johnson could play safety if need be. For the last safety spot I gave the nod to Omar Brown over Christian Thompson, he just stands out to me more.

Cornerbacks

1. Ladarius Webb

2. Corey Graham

3. Jimmy Smith

4. Chris Johnson

5. Chykie Brown

6. Asa Jackson

Safeties

1. Michael Huff

2. Matt Elam

3. James Ihedigbo

4. Omar Brown

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Special Teams

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kicker, Punter and Long Snapper are locks. As far as kick/punt returning expect a combination of Jacoby Jones, Deonte Thompson, David Reed and perhaps Asa Jackson.

Place Kicker: Justin Tucker

Punter: Sam Koch

Long Snapper: Morgan Cox