Here's what the roster would look like with only players we drafted or signed as an undrafted free agent. Current practice squad is included.
QB: Tyrod Taylor
RB: Bernard Pierce
WR: Torrey Smith
TE: Dennis Pitta
OL: Kelechi Osemele
DL: Arthur Jones
LB: Dannell Ellerbe
Secondary: Jimmy Smith
KR: David Reed*
LS: Morgan Cox
K: Justin Tucker
It's too tough to specify exactly who's a starter now, but the bolded players are what I consider key contributors. Players with an asterisk are on the practice squad or IR/PUP. Not all of these players will be here in a few years, but there's 38 total with 13 starters/"key contributors" (not including special teams).
Consider the previous three drafts before this, 2007-2009. There are seven currently signed players from those drafts.
In 2010, when these draft classes were in their first three years, only five of these players would be considered key contributors (plus add in Grubbs and McClain). That's seven key contributors compared to the current 13. From 2004-2006, the Ravens have only kept Haloti Ngata and Sam Koch.
Better drafting has produced 28 Ravens with two or fewer seasons under their belt on the Active Roster alone. The 13 bolded all see plenty of playing time on offense or defense as part of the 46 active players. About 8 or 9 of the 22 starting positions go to these players. 7 are from the 2007-2009 group, and the rest are older or were brought in through free agency (Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Vonta Leach/Jacoby Jones, Matt Birk, Cary Williams, possibly Ma'ake Kemoeatu.)
Edited by hawkprey, 22 September 2012 - 04:08 PM.