Baltimore Ravens: Expectations for rookies in the 2020 season

Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Patrick Queen (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Ben Bredeson, Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens rookie offensive lineman (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Ben Bredeson, OL, Michigan

Expectation: Push for the starting job

Ben Bredeson was a favorite of Draft Twitter throughout the process, and he ended up being drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens. Bredeson was as reliable as any at guard last season and should excel in pass protection in the NFL. He should be able to push for the starting gig this season and be set up as a favorite to start in 2021.

Broderick Washington, DT, Texas Tech

Expectation: Get some early down reps

Broderick Washington fits the Ravens defense really well as a nose tackle who can get snaps on early downs in year one. Washington also has the versatility to align elsewhere but based on their current personnel, he will get more snaps at the nose. Spelling Brandon Williams and contributing to the run defense is a solid expectation for Washington’s first season.

James Proche, WR, SMU

Expectation: Make the team and get slot snaps

While it’s likely that Duvernay gets to be the starter when the Baltimore Ravens sit in 11 personnel, the door is open for James Proche to make the roster for 2020. Proche had the best hands in the 2020 class and made some plays that were surprising for his size. Making the team and getting snaps in the slot would be a good first season for Proche in Baltimore.

Geno Stone, S, Iowa

Expectation: Be a focal point on special teams

The Ravens capped off their excellent 2020 class by selecting Geno Stone in the seventh round. Baltimore’s secondary is set up well for the season, and Stone won’t likely see a ton of snaps on the defense this fall.

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But, Stone is exactly the type of player that will excel on special teams, and that could lead to snaps in the box in the future, where he could use his instincts over the middle in coverage.