Mocking The 53: A Look At Roster Ahead of Preseason Finale

August 30, 2011 | Glenn Clark

31. OT Jah Reid
32. CB Domonique Foxworth
33. CB Lardarius Webb
34. DL Arthur Jones
35. LB Dannell Ellerbe
36. QB Tyrod Taylor
37. DE Pernell McPhee
38. LB Sergio Kindle
39. DE/LB Paul Kruger
40. WR/KR David Reed

The names that jump out in this group are Foxworth and Ellerbe. Expect Ellerbe to be safe and to still push McClain for the other starting ILB job. Foxworth could be at risk of being cut as he carries a hefty price tag ($7 million) and hasn’t recovered as quickly from a torn ACL as the team had hoped. That being said, if the Ravens had wanted to cut the veteran corner to save money it would have been more appropriate to do so at the start of free agency.

41. WR Tandon Doss
42. LB Brendon Ayanbadejo
43. LS Morgan Cox
44. OL Bryan Mattison
45. DT Brandon McKinney
46. LB Tavares Gooden

I’ve heard Ayanbadejo could be on the bubble, but he’s just too valuable on Special Teams for the team too consider letting him go. There’s a reason why he’s the regular Special Teams captain. Mattison offers the group another player who can snap the ball behind Birk, an important role after Chris Chester left for the Washington Redskins.

Gooden is clearly the biggest “bubble” guy I have in this group, but I just don’t see the team letting him go at this point. Of the first 46, he’s clearly the one I’m left comfortable about.

I separated the first 46 from the final seven as the National Football League has adjusted their rules to allow 46 players to be active each week. There is no longer a “third quarterback rule”, as teams now have to activate their third QB.

The bubble guys I have ON the roster going into the final preseason game are…

47. RB Anthony Allen

It’s hard not to like him. He has good size, was a Draft pick and has played well outside of one endzone drop in the preseason.

48. RB Jalen Parmele

Most analysts/fans don’t think both Allen and Parmele will make the team, but I have a hard time imaging the Ravens will give up on Parmele. While he might not offer much offensively, he’s surefire to catch kick returns and has been steady in all of his Special Teams play.

49. DT Lamar Divens

The Ravens have managed to hang on to Divens in the past when they had greater depth on the interior of their offensive line. With players like Kelly Gregg and Kelly Talavou now gone, it’s hard to imagine they can’t find room to keep Divens again.

50. TE Davon Drew

This could be a real battle on Thursday night. The Ravens appear to like Kris Wilson as much as Drew, but have held on to their former Draft pick for the last two seasons. It’s not impossible they could keep all four, but I don’t find it likely.

51. OL Mark LeVoir

With Oniel Cousins released (and having joined the Cleveland Browns), the road to the roster appeared wide open for LeVoir this week. Unfortunately for LeVoir, an undisclosed injury has kept him out of practice. He still has a fairly clear path, but it’s not exactly a slam dunk.

52. WR Marcus Smith

Forgotten in the WR mix (and in fairness he’s only an emergency receiver), Smith’s ST abilities have kept him a favorite amongst coaches. He’s not on the roster yet, but he has the edge down the stretch.