The Baltimore Ravens boast among the best beginning inside defensive traces within the league when wholesome. That wasn’t the case for chunks of the 12 months in 2020, as a result of Pro Bowl veterans Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell missed a mixed seven regular-season video games resulting from accidents and COVID-19.
In a current look on the Lounge Podcast by way of the staff’s official web site, lately re-signed veteran defensive deal with Derek Wolfe went on an unprompted rave about Justin Madubuike. He believes the way forward for the Ravens’ defensive trenches is in nice palms with the 2020 third-rounder, who was drafted 71st total out of Texas A&M.
“This man is a monster, he’s a beast,” stated Wolfe. “He’s bought the flexibility to change into an All-Professional soccer participant. He’s every thing you could possibly ask for in a younger soccer participant and he’s simply going to get higher and higher and higher.”
Wolfe went on to precise his degree of pleasure about with the ability to assist Madubuike develop going ahead and referred to as him a sponge that soaks up all of the data he can from his coaches and veteran mentors.
As a rookie, he registered 19 whole tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and a pair of quarterback hits in 10 video games, together with three begins. In two playoff video games, he recorded two solo tackles, three mixed, and batted down a move on the line of scrimmage.
A delicate tissue harm he suffered in coaching camp delayed his debut to begin the season, however as soon as he bought wholesome and acclimated, he got here on very sturdy for the Ravens down the ultimate stretch of the season. He stepped up and carried out admirably when Brandon Williams and Campbell had been out. In some video games, he was borderline dominant because the staff made their push for the playoffs.
Wolfe believes that the 23-year-old is tailormade to play defensive deal with within the Ravens’ 3-4 hybrid scheme and has all of the athletic traits to excel dominate on the place
“He’s bought a lot explosiveness and power and quickness and every thing you could possibly ask for from a three-technique. He’s the proper three-technique. You couldn’t construct him higher.”
Madubuike wears his 6-foot-3 and 304-pound body very nicely and bodily resembles Campbell who performs defensive finish/five-technique. His bodily dimensions will permit him the positional versatility to be utilized in each spots and because the Ravens hardly ever run their base protection, he might recurrently rotate in at both one.
He solely performed 24 % of the Ravens’ defensive snaps final season—260 in whole—however was nonetheless capable of earn a stable 72.1 total grade from Professional Soccer Focus. Popping out of school he was praised for his upside as an inside move rusher, which he flashed a number of instances as a rookie even when the stat sheet didn’t again it up. Nevertheless, he confirmed super enchancment as a run defender with the extra reps and expertise he acquired.
He’ll seemingly be in retailer for one more 12 months as a rotational piece, however since defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale likes to maintain his gamers each younger and seasoned recent, it can basically be like being a part-time starter.
Wolfe is beneath contract by the period of the Madubuike’s rookie deal after signing for three-year and $12 million final week. He’ll have a front-row seat for his mentee’s maturation into what he and the group wholeheartedly imagine shall be a perennial Professional Bowler and All-Professional. Solely time will inform however his profession is off to a promising begin.