The Baltimore Ravens roster has many new faces that have the chance to contribute. But there are already two important breakout candidates in 2019 that could make an impact: wide receiver Chris Moore and defensive lineman Chris Wormley.
The Baltimore Ravens drafted two wide receivers (Marquise Brown in the first round and Miles Boykin in the third round) and a defensive tackle (Daylon Mack in the fifth round) in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, they already have two players that can take a big leap and compete with the rookies: Chris Moore and Chris Wormley. While both are former mid-round picks, they each show flashes of talent to suggest a coming leap in play.
Chris Moore is still a potential day one starter with prior experience and is a valuable special teamer.
The former Cincinnati Bearcats receiver has a chance to contribute as an outside or slot player for the Ravens. The former 2016 fourth-round pick could become a big-play threat for Baltimore as he has the speed to threaten a defense deep. Adding in Willie Snead, Boykin, and Brown, Moore has talent around him to demand single coverage. The main competition for a starting role on the outside are those aforementioned rookies. But Moore has an inside track with a year of experience in this run-heavy attack. Moore translating his college talent is the perfect complement to Lamar Jackson’s hopeful breakout as more of a passer.
Moore is in prime position to record career-high statistics as he should get more chances in 2019.
At Cincinnati, Chris Moore was never a high volume receiver. However, his average of seven-plus touchdowns and over 600 receiving yards per season in college suggests he can be an important weapon. That production dipped slightly with the Baltimore Ravens but he improved his catch rate drastically last year. If the versatile receiver plays well as more than just a deep threat for Lamar Jackson, Moore could earn himself a new contract with the Ravens or another team in free agency for 2020.
Chris Wormley could be a potential solution at 3-4 defensive end as it could help a Ravens pass rush that lost talent in free agency.
Baltimore has their run stoppers in nose tackle Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce. But they are missing an interior pass rusher that can fit as a 3-4 defensive end. While Michigan’s Willie Henry has the talent to be that type of player, he has not been able to stay on the field the last two years due to injury. Enter Chris Wormley, who is also a former Michigan Wolverine. As an edge setter with the size to hold up against the run, he presents three-down versatility that Baltimore needs. If he can develop more nuanced moves to get to the quarterback, he’ll take a leap for the Ravens’ rotation.
With very little production in the last two years as a rotational player, Wormley is a perfect candidate to surprise and make an impact as a depth player with the potential to handle starting duties.
Unlike his NFL career so far, Chris Wormley at Michigan was pressuring the quarterback at a high rate with 17.5 sacks in his four years as a Wolverine. The former 2017 third round pick can move around as a defensive end or tackle, increasing his chance to earn significant playing time. He is also one of the defensive linemen in the Baltimore Ravens rotation with starts on his resume. Wormley has flashed on the field at times and has the physical attributes to succeed. All he needs is to be consistent enough to become a starter for the Ravens and flash the talent Baltimore saw when they drafted him.