Baltimore Ravens: Top options to replace Earl Thomas at safety

Geno Stone, Baltimore Ravens Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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1. In-house options

The Ravens are already counting on former Virginia Tech sixth-rounder Chuck Clark to become a critical piece of their defense. With his three-year contract extension and production last season — 73 tackles, 9 passes broken up — he’s now the alpha of the group with Earl Thomas gone.

Anthony Levine is the next guy on the Ravens’ roster who played the most snaps in 2019 at 167 with DeShon Elliott behind him at just 40.

Levine has been with the Ravens for a long time and led the team a season ago in special teams snaps.

The Ravens also used a seventh-round pick on Iowa’s Geno Stone in the 2020 NFL Draft, which was one of the best values for really any team in any round.

Stone could have gone in the third or fourth round and I don’t think anyone would have questioned it.

It would be ideal to see a player in-house be able to step up, but with such a shortened offseason and a lack of precedent for any of these other guys who have been around, it’s tough to expect anyone currently on the Baltimore Ravens’ roster to really be able to step in and play full-time snaps this season, though any combination of these guys could be counted on to play a lot more than they otherwise would have.