Since the draft, every practice and workout has been a chance for the Baltimore Ravens to evaluate their roster. They'll be looking to trim the roster down to 53 by the start of the season, and that means they'll have to do some hard comparisons.
Though this process is early in the making, it's never too early to start ranking the roster. With that in mind, here's a look at the top 53 players currently on the Ravens roster.
These rankings take into account a player's past performance as well as his potential. Inclusion on the list is no guarantee of a roster spot, but rather, it is indicative of the players' skill level in relation to the rest of the roster.
53: Ryan Jensen
The Ravens will actually have a lot of young offensive-line depth this season, with sixth-round pick Ryan Jensen possibly being on the bubble.
52: Aaron Mellette
The Ravens are looking for a receiver to step up, and seventh-round pick Aaron Mellette will be given every opportunity to do that. The step up in competition could be too much for the rookie to make an impact immediately.
51: Anthony Allen
Anthony Allen isn't worth much as a runner, but he is a valued special teamer that provides depth.
50: Ramon Harewood
Ramon Harewood began the year as a starter, but he wasn't even activated for some games later in the season. He played decently, and he deserves another chance to show he can be a future starter.
49: Morgan Cox
Morgan Cox is one of the best long snappers in the NFL. He brings peace of mind to the Ravens' special teams.
48: Marc Anthony
There is a chance for Marc Anthony to get some reps in a defensive backfield that needs work. More likely, though, Anthony will be relegated to special teams duty.
47: Josh Bynes
Josh Bynes got some reps last season at inside linebacker, and he didn't look out of place. He will have to do more to show he can be a regular player, but he is at least good for some solid depth.
46: Bryan Hall
Bryan Hall is making the move to inside linebacker after proving to be a disruptive player at defensive tackle. The transition will be interesting to watch, but Hall has a good chance to make it work based on his quickness and strength.
45: Tommy Streeter
Tommy Streeter is big, fast and he had a year to learn the nuances of the game while keeping his body fresh on IR. Now, Streeter will have to compete for a roster spot, but his speed and jump-ball ability give him a good chance to make the team.
44: Rick Wagner
Rick Wagner's versatility should guarantee the fifth-round rookie a roster spot. He was an excellent college player with starting potential down the road.
43: John Simon
A future edge-setting outside linebacker with sneaky burst, John Simon will spend most of his rookie season making contributions on special teams.
42: David Reed
If the Ravens are looking for a receiver with a typical slot profile, that would be David Reed. He's more quick than fast, with potential to be a decent receiving option. He also was once an excellent kick returner before fumbles became an issue.
41: DeAngelo Tyson
DeAngelo Tyson played well in limited reps last season, but the Ravens' tremendous depth along the defensive line could keep him on the sidelines more this season.
40: Tyrod Taylor
The Ravens' incumbent backup quarterback returns, as Tyrod Taylor continues to learn the nuances of the game behind Joe Flacco. Taylor is an occasionally effective change-of-pace as well, and he showed improved passing ability in game action against the Bengals last season. He's still a work in progress, though.
39: Terrence Cody
Terrence Cody was once a solid starter in Baltimore, but he struggled mightily this season. He seemingly lacks the toughness and strength to compete in the trenches, but he will compete for the starting nose tackle job.
38: Marcus Spears
Marcus Spears was perhaps the Ravens' most low key signing this offseason, but he should provide quality depth and a solid rotational player.
37: Chykie Brown
Chykie Brown proved to be a decent dime back, but he can be a reckless cornerback prone to double moves.
36: Tandon Doss
One of the front-runners to be the starting wide receiver opposite Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss has a chance to have a breakout season. He needs to solve the drops issues that plagued him last season, but his routes and size are excellent.
35: Kyle Juszczyk
An under-the-radar draft pick, Kyle Juszczyk's versatility and toughness will earn him offensive reps immediately in a variety of roles. He should catch some passes, level some defenders with strong blocks and maybe even garner a few goal-line carries.
34: Jah Reid
Another player who the Ravens tried at left guard, Jah Reid showed potential for down the road, but he is still raw. He has a lot to learn about leverage, but the athletic ability is there.
33: Jimmy Smith
This is a make-or-break season for Jimmy Smith, who has always had the athletic ability to be great. His stiff hips and over-aggressiveness have held him back, but Smith could excel in press-man coverage.
32: Deonte Thompson
My personal favorite to take the starting receiver position opposite Torrey Smith, Deonte Thompson has elite speed and body control to make tough catches down the field. He's raw, but Thompson and Smith would form major matchup problems with their speed.
31: A.Q. Shipley
Another under-the-radar pickup by the Ravens this season, A.Q. Shipley has a chance to compete with Gino Gradkowski for the starting center position. He is a hard-nosed player who should be a starter somewhere in the league, but could be relegated to the bench in Baltimore.
30: James Ihedigbo
One of the most underrated players on the roster has to be James Ihedigbo, a special teams demon who also excelled while replacing Bernard Pollard on defense. His level of emotion is always high, making him a big play waiting to happen.
29: Albert McClellan
Another underrated player is Albert McClellan, who excelled as a run defender in 2012. McClellan could start if Jameel McClain isn't ready after finishing 2012 on IR.
28: Brandon Williams
The Ravens have to be hoping Brandon Williams holds up against NFL-level competition. They have a gaping hole at nose tackle, and Williams has the ability to fill it. There will be a learning curve for the third-round pick, but Williams is a high-character and high-ability player who could become a star.
27: Corey Graham
Corey Graham was up-and-down last season, but his big plays were crucial in the Ravens' Super Bowl run. Graham will get beat from time to time, but he's up to cover any receiver and he'll challenge for a starting role.
26: Gino Gradkowski
The probable starting center, Gino Gradkowski excelled in limited reps last season. He needs to prove he will hold up over a whole season, but he's a technician with solid strength.
25: Michael Oher
Michael Oher was once a star, but if he doesn't improve, this could be Oher's last season in Baltimore. He has already proven that he doesn't belong on the left side, so hopefully a return to the right side helps him get back to the excellent form he displayed early in his career.
24: Jameel McClain
Jameel McClain is a decent starter when healthy, but he is a question mark after a back injury last season. McClain's toughness could be a decent complement to rookie Arthur Brown.
23: Sam Koch
The Ravens' punter is always solid, never flashy. The Ravens can feel confident that Koch will average about 45 yards a punt like always and rank in the top-half of the league in all major categories.
22: Bernard Pierce
A breakout candidate, Bernard Pierce was the most efficient runner on the Ravens last season. He is always a threat to break off a big run, and with extra carries, Pierce could be a 1,000-yard runner.
21: Pernell McPhee
Pernell McPhee has displayed a ton of potential every time he's on the field, but injuries and limited opportunities have held him back. McPhee is versatile and has ability against the run and the pass, but how he will be used this season remains to be seen.
Art Jones was a breakout player during the Ravens' playoff run, playing stout against the run while generating surprising pressure.
Jones is an emotional player with leadership qualities, so while he may never be a star, he will always be a valued Raven. He will compete with Chris Canty to start opposite Haloti Ngata.
The Ravens' second-round pick should be a starter right off the bat, as his speed and instincts should turn him into a poor man's Ray Lewis immediately.
Brown has potential to become a Pro Bowl player, especially if the Ravens manage to keep him clean so he can fly to the ball unblocked.
Another rookie, another sure-fire starter in Matt Elam. The Ravens may have actually found an upgrade over Bernard Pollard in Elam, whose speed and versatility should make him a long-time starter in Baltimore.
Don't be surprised if Elam plays all over the field as a rookie, playing in the slot, in the box and potentially as a center fielder as well. He has the skill set to perform all of these roles well, and his aggression should lead to some highlight-reel hits as well.
Chris Canty will immediately challenge for a starting role on the defensive line, and he should provide an immediate upgrade as a pass-rusher.
Canty is strong enough to take on multiple blockers, but he is at his best exploding off the line and wreaking havoc in the backfield. That will be a good fit in the Ravens' attacking 3-4 scheme, so Canty could really have an impact this season.
Last season, Courtney Upshaw didn't get the credit he deserved for his work in the run game because of his struggles rushing the passer. In reality, Upshaw will never be a great pass-rusher, and he was playing out of his comfort zone trying to be one. This season, Upshaw will be able to focus on being a lockdown run defender, which should help him break out.
Upshaw is tough, strong and mean. When he is setting the edge, opponents can rarely get outside of him. He even could play some inside linebacker this season to take advantage of his run-stuffing prowess.
This time last year, Justin Tucker was seemingly just a camp body, around only to give Billy Cundiff a little bit of a challenge. Now, Tucker is one of the bright young kickers in the league after a tremendous rookie season, and the sky is seemingly the limit.
Tucker proved to have a tremendous leg in terms of both strength and accuracy. Any field goal 55 yards and in is fair game for Tucker, and he has several big kicks on his resume already. Tucker could be a Raven for years to come if he continues his clutch ways.
He didn't get a chance to show it during the regular season, but Bryant McKinnie proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is the best left tackle on this roster in the playoffs. Now, the starting job is his to lose as he returns to the Ravens.
McKinnie is a mammoth left tackle who can be as good as he wants to be. He should be motivated with an incentive-based contract, so he should excel this season.
Kelechi Osemele was just average as a rookie, but he is a definite candidate to break out now that he should be playing guard full-time.
Osemele is at his best using his mauling size and tenacity to push people around. As a guard, he won't have to mirror quicker pass-rushers, which should help him in pass protection. Don't be surprised if Osemele becomes a Pro Bowl-quality player in his second season.
Michael Huff could be another breakout performer, as he never had the support he needed in Oakland to really thrive. Playing in the Ravens' system surrounded by excellent talent, though, should help Huff become a top-tier safety.
Huff is faster and a better tackler than the man he replaces in Ed Reed. He will never have Reed's instincts, but Huff is a potential upgrade who is at the very least much healthier.
Some may be surprised to see Jacoby Jones ranked so highly, but the fact is that he's an electric playmaker who had a legitimate case to be named Super Bowl MVP. Jones is the perfect playmaker for the Ravens' deep passing game, and he could excel as a deep threat in Jim Caldwell's system.
Jones probably won't be a starter because of his special teams work, but he will be an electric playmaker whenever the Ravens are in need of a spark.
Dennis Pitta had a great 2012 season, and he will be asked to do even more as the Ravens look to replace Anquan Boldin's production.
Pitta is versatile enough to play out wide, in the slot or lined up as a tight end. He will be asked to do all three this season, and his strong hands and savvy route running should ensure even better production this season.
The Ravens desperately needed a spark in their pass rush, and they struck gold by signing Elvis Dumervil. He is a quick twitch, explosive edge-rusher who complements Terrell Suggs perfectly.
Though Dumervil isn't much of a run defender, he could be helped by the Ravens' strong front seven and the presence of Courtney Upshaw especially. Upshaw, Dumervil and Suggs may form one of the best trios of outside linebackers in the NFL this season.
Vonta Leach is a tone setter for the Ravens, who rely on his tough blocking and big hits on special teams to intimidate opponents and pound the ball on the ground.
Though Leach isn't exactly versatile, he is without question the best lead blocker in the NFL, and his leadership can't be undervalued. Leach will remain a big contributor for the Ravens, even if his snaps remain relatively limited.
Torrey Smith has already asserted himself as a leader in the Ravens locker room. Now, the time has come for Smith to assert himself as a No. 1 receiver and a true threat.
Smith has long had the speed to be that guy, but his hands and route running have needed to be developed during his career. He continues to get better in those areas, and the Ravens' new system under Jim Caldwell should help further that development.
The Ravens want to see Smith develop into a 1,000-yard receiver and a true No. 1. Anything less will be a disappointment.
On ability alone, Lardarius Webb is perhaps the Ravens' best player, but he needs to prove that he can recover quickly from a torn ACL.
When healthy, Webb is one of the best cover corners in the NFL, with speed and quickness to mirror receivers and instincts to shut them down. He is also an underrated tackler and run defender.
If he comes back healthy, Webb should once again show that he is among the NFL's best cornerbacks.
Marshal Yanda may be one of the biggest constants on the Ravens. Every year, he mauls defenders and keeps Flacco clean while leading the offensive line.
That won't change this season or anytime soon. Yanda looks to be a Pro Bowl-quality player for years to come.
Terrell Suggs lost a step last season after recovering from a torn Achilles, but his leadership was undeniable. The Ravens feed on his emotion, and that will be even more important than ever this season.
The question for Suggs is whether or not he can find the pass-rushing prowess that helped him earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2011. If so, the Ravens pass rush could be scary. Regardless, Suggs will be his usual excellent self versus the run.
One of the strongest and most athletic defensive linemen in the NFL, Haloti Ngata is another Raven who needs to show that he can recover from injuries that plagued him last season. If he can, he will reclaim his position as one of the best players in the league.
Ngata struggled with a variety of ailments in 2012, yet he remained the Ravens' best defensive player. He will be fearsome this season if healthy, as he should be given a better chance to play a variety of roles.
Ray Rice is so much more than just production. He is a leader, a tone setter and a big play waiting to happen. While Rice may not always be the most efficient player, he always comes through with big plays when the Ravens need them most.
Few running backs in the NFL can wear the tag feature back, but Rice is exactly that. This season, he won't have to be, as Bernard Pierce can take some carries from him. That should only help Rice, as the smaller running back will have fresher legs throughout the season.
Expect fewer overall touches for Rice, but much greater efficiency in those touches. Also, don't be surprised if Rice becomes an even bigger receiving threat in the absence of Anquan Boldin.
No matter what anyone says about Joe Flacco, the Ravens do not win the Super Bowl without his superhuman performance.
Flacco earned every penny of his massive contract this offseason, but he still has a lot to prove. Can he carry an offense for 16 games? It's something he has yet to do.
That having been said, there are quarterbacks with greater stats who can't carry a team the way Flacco does. He has proven to be remarkably clutch over the years, leading some truly great drives and comebacks.
If Flacco's playoff run transfers to the regular season, he will truly join the ranks of the elite, and the Ravens will remain right in Super Bowl contention.