The Ravens travel to New York to battle the Jets in the season opener. Find out what happened as Around the Block breaks down the important action!
The Baltimore Ravens kicked off the 2022 season with a trip to New York against the Jets. The stories around this game and the Ravens themselves abounded. Would the Lamar Jackson contract situation distract the team? Would the numerous starters out for Baltimore affect the team? Could this be Joe Flacco’s big revenge game? There were many questions but they could only be answered by playing the game. Follow along as we break down this Week 1 matchup of the Ravens vs Jets.
Ravens vs Jets Recap: First Half
Things got started the right way for Gang Green, as the first play went for 19 yards by running back Michael Carter on the outside edge. However, the Ravens would put pressure on Flacco on back-to-back plays, including forcing an intentional grounding to bring up the game’s first fourth down.
The Ravens didn’t fair much better on their first offensive drive. After a handful of short yardage gains, Kenyan Drake got stuffed on 3rd and 2, forcing the Ravens to punt. Rookie punter Jordan Stout booted a nice punt to put the Jets on their own 11.
The following Jets possession would create a spark for the Ravens. A deep pass by Flacco would be picked off by Baltimore’s big offseason acquisition, safety Marcus Williams, who would take the ball back to the New York 14.
Despite the positional advantage, the Ravens were unable to capitalize. Receiver Demarcus Robinson would shake a Jets defender for a gain of eight yards on 2nd down, but that’s as much offense as could be mustered by the Ravens. An incomplete pass on 3rd down would force the Ravens to take a field goal. One Justin Tucker attempt later and Baltimore would have the first lead of the game, 3-0, with 3:16 left in the 1st quarter.
The start of the 2nd quarter began with a pass to receiver Rashod Bateman that was dislodged by a Jets defender, forcing the Ravens to punt. The ensuing drive by the Jets looked promising for New York. The Jets would drive all the way to the Baltimore 27 before Greg Zuerlein missed a 45 yard field goal to keep the Ravens lead at 3-0.
Following a New York punt, Jackson would take a deep shot to Robinson that would fall incomplete. However, Robinson would draw a pass interference call that would move the Ravens up to the New York 30. The next play would see Jackson launch a 25-yard pass into the endzone to receiver Devin Duvernay for the first touchdown of the game. A Tucker extra point would give the Ravens a 10-0 lead with 3:45 left in the first half.
The Jets wouldn’t go quietly into the half. A 22-yard run by Michael Carter would put the Jets on Baltimore’s 48-yard line. The Jets would get down to Baltimore’s 28-yard line before a forced fumble on tight end Tyler Conklin, recovered by the Jets, would halt yet another promising drive. Greg Zuerlein would boot a 45-yard field goal to cut into Baltimore’s lead right before the half, 10-3.
“I feel like it was just us feeling it out, out there. We didn’t play in preseason. I didn’t play in six games last year. Not much really.” Jackson said of his play in the first half and the offense’s slow start during the post-game press conference. “We got back in the swing of things and came out better in the second half and started putting points on the board.”
Ravens vs Jets Recap: Second Half
Getting the ball to start the second half, the Ravens hoped to conjure up more offense than in the first. A shifty eight-yard run by Jackson on 3rd down would give the Ravens a first down. That would be as far as the offense would go. A run for no gain and two incomplete passes brought up a quick 4th down. A 65-yard punt by Stout would negate any hopes the Jets had of getting great field position.
A quick Jets possession followed by a short punt saw the Ravens with the ball at the New York 44 to start their next possession. A handful of chunk plays would put the Ravens in the redzone. On a 3rd and 10, Jackson would find Devin Duvernay yet again for their second scoring connection of the day. Halfway through the 3rd quarter, the Ravens found themselves up 17-3.
The next Ravens possession would be a whirlwind of emotions. Mike Davis would fumble the ball after a nice run for a first down. A lucky bounce would let the Ravens keep possession. The very next play, Lamar would throw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Rashod Bateman. That would give the Ravens a 24-3 lead.
Starting the 4th quarter, the Jets conjured up their best drive of the day. A handful of plays that went for 10-plus yards would put the Jets at the Baltimore 22. That would be as far as the drive would go. Safety Chuck Clark would force a fumble on rookie running back Breece Hall, and corner Marlon Humphrey would quickly recover. Unfortunately, the Ravens would be unable to turn the gift into points and punted.
Joe Flacco and the Jets would not go quietly into the night. Converting on 4th down twice, the Jets would drive down to Baltimore’s 6 yard line. Needing a touchdown to have any hope of staying in the game, the Jets lined up for a third 4th down attempt on this drive. This would not be the charm, however, as Flacco’s pass fell incomplete and the possession would switch.
Though the outcome of the game was a forgone conclusion, it wasn’t without its fireworks. Jackson would throw an interception to give the Jets solid field position. Flacco would then again drive the Jets to the Ravens redzone. The Jets would finally cross the goal-line, as Flacco found Tyler Conklin for a late touchdown pass. The ensuing extra point would be no good. Those would be the final points of the game, as the Ravens take a Week 1 victory over the Jets 24-9.
Speaking on Jackson’s play during the Ravens post-game press conference, head coach John Harbaugh had this to say: “Lamar [Jackson] played outstanding. He played a patient, veteran quarterback game. He was in control of everything, he did a great job at the line, handled the clock really well…He played a really veteran, winning quarterback type of a game.”
The Ravens (1-0) have their home opener next week (09-18). They host the Miami Dolphins (1-0) in a pivotal early season tilt.
The Ravens have been searching for a playmaking tight end opposite All-Pro Mark Andrews for a few years and they may have found one in rookie tight end Isaiah Likely. A fourth round pick in this past draft, Likely has been the talk of camp so far and his first preseason game seemed to confirm the hype. Likely showed off his shiftiness following a quick dump off a few yards behind the line of scrimmage. Despite being surrounded by multiple defenders, Likely juked and wiggled his way to a first down without a finger touching him. He did have two holding penalties on him showing he still has ways to go as a blocker. Still, it’s hard not to get excited for Likely to take the field.
Shemar Bridges, WR
There is a race among several undrafted free agent receivers to be the fifth wideout in Baltimore and Shemar Bridges may have just lapped his competition. The 6’4, 210 pound receiver made a handful of tough catches look routine. Bridges opened a lot of eyes after scaling up for a beautiful lob from quarterback Tyler Huntley for a touchdown right before halftime. Bridges finished with four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. If he keeps making impressive grabs, the fifth wideout spot is his to lose.
Steven Means, EDGE
Means was signed by the Ravens back in June to give the team some needed depth at outside linebacker. However, no one thought he offered much beyond veteran camp fodder. His play against the Titans might have earned him more than that. Means was locked in throughout the first half, recording three tackles, one for a loss, and a sack. More than that was the relentless pressure Means was applying. The eighth-year veteran looked like a defender fighting for a roster spot. With how thin the Ravens are at outside linebacker, Means could carve out a nice role for himself.
Geno Stone, DB
Stone was a heatseeking missile for the Ravens late in the game. The former seventh-round pick out of Iowa was all over the field. Stone recorded two tackles, defending two passes and hauling in an interception. He also nearly got to the Titans quarterback on a fourth and goal at the end of the game to force an incompletion. Ravens fans have been clamoring for Stone to receive more playing time over the last few years as he has lit up the preseason time and again.
Many pundits said the Ravens knocked the first round of the NFL draft out of the park. Kyle Hamilton and Tyler Linderbaum were seen as the best prospects at their respective positions. Entering Day 2 of the draft, the Ravens looked to build on their successful first day by having a great round 2 and 3. Let’s take a look at how they did.
Ravens Take David Ojabo at 45
David Ojabo was a popular pick mocked to the Ravens throughout most of the draft process. The pairing made sense. Ojabo was a ferocious pass rusher for Michigan. The Ravens desperately needed more talent at EDGE. Baltimore’s newest defensive coordinator, Mike MacDonald, recently coached Ojabo at Michigan. Of course, there is the Harbaugh connection to top it off. And then Ojabo tore his Achilles at Michigan’s Pro Day.
That injury dropped Ojabo from a Top-15 hopeful down to the second and third round range. Day 1 passed and Ojabo did not hear his name called. But he wouldn’t have to wait long on Day 2 to realize his dream. The Ravens never lost interest in Ojabo, and wasted no time in turning in their card with Ojabo’s name on it.
There is some apprehension among the Ravens faithful concerning Ojabo’s availability. His Achilles tear is a serious injury, and the most optimistic reports have Ojabo returning to the field sometime in October at the earliest. He hardly solves the Ravens immediate issue at EDGE, but there is no denying what he can bring down the line. Ojabo is a perennial top-15 talent and grabbing him at pick 45 could end up being one of the biggest steals of the draft.
Ravens Land IDL Travis Jones at 76
There have been few players who have risen as fast in the draft process as UConn defensive lineman Travis Jones. Jones has opened a lot of eyes over the last few months, and for good reason. At 6’4, 325 lbs, Jones has tremendous size and plays with terrifying power.
An absolute defensive wall, Jones is nearly impossible to push around and run through. Though he isn’t known as a pass rusher, there is certainly some untapped potential in that area. There were even whispers that Jones could hear his name called during the first round.
Jones had to wait until the third round to be selected, but he goes to a great situation in Baltimore. Though the Ravens brought back Calais Campbell and Michael Pierce, the team needed to get younger along the defensive line. Jones adds immediate depth while learning from some of the best defensive linemen in the league.
The Ravens set themselves up for success on Day 2 of the draft. With several picks going into Day 3, the Ravens will look to build on an already highly touted draft class.
The first round of the NFL Draft was unpredictable in so many ways. We saw everything from trading picks, to trading super-star players. Round one is fun, but teams are made in the later rounds. Follow along here for a live analysis for all your favorite teams.
Round 2: 33. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select DL Logan Hall
The defending NFC South champions kick off the second round by strengthening their defensive line. With Ndamukong Suh remaining unsigned, the Buccaneers needed to add some youthful depth to their defensive line. At 6’6, 280 lbs, Hall has the size and strength to put his hand in the dirt and get after the ball carrier. A versatile lineman, Hall can play at any spot on the defensive line and that is something new head coach Todd Bowels covets.
34. Green Bay Packers select WR Christian Watson
The Packers move up in the second round to secure Aaron Rodgers an explosive weapon in Christian Watson out of North Dakota State University. At 6’4, 208 lbs and running a 4.36 in the 40, Watson has size and explosiveness that makes him a matchup nightmare. The biggest knock on him is his experience, never playing against top flight talent while at NDSU. He may take a bit to bring along but if he’s given time, he could develop into an elite weapon for Aaron Rodgers. The Packers were aggressive in order to move up and secure Rodgers a much needed pass catcher.
35. Tennessee Titans select CB Roger McCreary
The Titans needed help in the secondary and received in the form of Auburn defensive back Roger McCreary. While he doesn’t have elite length, McCreary plays with tenacity and aggressiveness that teams covet in their secondary. While he best projects as an inside corner in the NFL, McCreary has the versatility to kick it out to the perimeter if need be.
36. New York Jets select RB Breece Hall
The Jets build on their outstanding draft by adding the perennial top running back in the draft in Iowa State’s Breece Hall. The Jets lacked big play makers over the last several years and that is something Hall provides. Blessed with bulk and blazing speed, Hall is difficult to bring down and is hard to chase down in the open field. This pick gives the Jets a much needed bell cow that quarterback Zach Wilson can lean on. With the Bills rumored to be highly interested in Hall, the Jets moved up quick to secure their running back.
37. Houston Texans select DB Jalen Pitre
The Texans pair third overall pick Derek Stingley Jr. with Jalen Pitre. Listed as a safety, Pitre has the versatility to play all over the secondary. While he doesn’t have prototypical size for a safety, he plays bigger than he’s listed. A true Swiss army knife, Pitre can lineup wherever he is needed. Armed with tremendous athleticism and instincts, Pitre can quickly become a leader for the young Houston secondary.
38. Atlanta Falcons select EDGE Arnold Ebiketie
The Falcons move up in order to secure the Penn State EDGE and add some much needed juice to the pass rush. The Falcons have been searching for years for a true difference maker that can get after the quarterback but have come up short. Ebiketie has a chance to come in and excel right away for the Falcons. An explosive defender with great measurables, Ebikietie has all the tools to succeed. Seen by many as a potential first round pick, the Falcons get outstanding value at this spot.
39. Chicago Bears select CB Kyler Gordon
The Bears forgoing adding offensive talent for quarterback Justin Fields and instead reinforce the secondary that is in need of depth. Gordon is big and fast and can matchup with anyone. His biggest knock is that he only started for one full season while in Washington but his measurables and talent make him well worth the risk. New head coach Matt Eberflus is a defensive minded coach who values defensive backs and Gordon fits well into his defense.
40. Seattle Seahawks select EDGE Boye Mafe
The Seahawks boost one of their biggest weaknesses by adding pass rusher Boye Mafe. A late riser in the draft process, Mafe showed off elite measurables that shot him up draft boards. A defender that had a very positive pass rush win rate, Mafe was highly productive while at Minnessota. The Seahawks have been attempting to upgrade their pass rush for the last few years and while Mafe may need some seasoning, he can be a terrific addition to the Seattle defense.
41. Seattle Seahawks select RB Kenneth Walker
No team values running backs quite like Seattle. Walker was highly productive while at Michigan State and reeled off big play after big play. A running back with a high floor as well as a high ceiling, Walker can only help this Seattle offense. While running back may not be a pressing need in 2022, both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny are free agents following the season so Walker was brought in with an eye toward the future. Still, with so many more immediate needs, it is somewhat curious the Seahawks didn’t go in another direction that can help this year.
42. Minnesota Vikings select CB Andrew Booth
The Vikings have been up and down the draft board through the first two rounds and continue to reinforce a maligned secondary. Had his medicals been clear, there could have been serious discussions concerning Andrew Booth being the top corner in this draft. A supreme athlete with size and versatility, Booth is exactly what the Vikings are needing at corner. As long as he stays healthy, Booth could potentially be the top corner in Minnesota sooner rather than later.
43. New York Giants select WR Wan’Dale Robinson
This pick may say more about how this new regime feels about Kadarius Toney more than anything, who is rumored to be on the trading block. Robinson is small at 5’8, 178 lbs but he is an all around weapon with sticky hands. He can quickly become a gadget player with playmaking ability for the Giants and that is something the G-Men were sorely lacking last season. While he does possess big play ability, this may be a round early for Robinson.
44. Houston Texans select WR John Metchie
After trading up to the 44th pick, the Texans chose an experienced wide receiver that can play all over the field. Metchie will be a nice compliment to Brandin Cooks, who has served as the Texans WR1 to this point. He does have some medical concerns, but has always overcame them.
45. Baltimore Ravens select David OJabo
Some speculate Ojabo may be a first round pick in this draft so getting him at 45 is great choice for the Ravens. Ojabo has a lot of potential and paired with the Ravens new defensive coordinator, has the chance to become a reliable starter in Baltimore.
46. Detroit Lions select EDGE Joshua Paschal
Paschal is a forceful player with a big personality. He is a nice match for head coach Dan Campbell and an improving young team in the Lions. He’s improved tremendously over the years, and is always fighting to make the next game changing move.
47. Washington Commanders select DT Phidarian Mathis
Mathis is a versatile defensive tackle that possess the ability to play under a variety of schemes. He has the speed to intimidate running backs and the force to take over offensive lines. ALongside Montez Sweat and Chase Young, Mathis fits nicely in Washington.
48. Chicago Bears select S Jaquan Brisker
Brisker is an instinctive and technique reliant safety. He has room to improve in consistency when it comes to reading the quarterback and tracking a route, but he is a hard-hitting safety that will fill a small hole in Chicago.
49. New Orleans Saints select CB Alontae Taylor
The Saints are working on patching their secondary after Malcolm Jenkins retired this offseason. Taylor brings unique speed and route-reading abilities during his time in college, but is highly sought-after for his impressive leadership abilities.
50. New England Patriots select WR Tyquan Thornton
The Patriots were expected to prioritize wide receivers this weekend thanks to the state of their wide receiving room. N’Keal harry has long been rumored to be traded and Nelson Agholor may also be on the move. Thornton brings stability and impressive route-separation abilities to a team trying their best to get back to the top.
51. Philadelphia Eagles select OL Cam Jergens
Jergens is a reliable offensive lineman thanks to his experience and athleticism, but has a lot of room to improve. He struggles in pass protection and control, but has the potential to improve. I would imagine he sits for a season to learn and grow, before getting his chance on the field.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers select WR George Pickens
After recently recovering from an ACL tear, Pickens brings a clear drive to play his best football each game. His self-awareness and ability to adjust make him a great candidate to one day be a starter in the league. He fills a big hole for Pittsburgh after losing JuJu Smith-Schuster this offseason.
53. Indianapolis Colts select WR Alec Pierce
Wide receiver is one of the Colts biggest needs. After tradng back a number of times, Indianapolis finally selected Alec Pierce out of Cinicinnatti. Pierce is a bigger than average wide receiver that will pair well with budding superstar Michael Pittman Jr.
54. Kansas City Chiefs select WR Skyy Moore
The Chiefs were in need of a big play receiver after trading away Tyreek Hill and they get a great one in Skyy Moore. The Chiefs brought in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to bolster the receiving core and Moore complements both perfectly. Whether playing outside or in the slot, Moore is a big play waiting to happen that Mahomes will come to love. Moore can absolutely fly and fits in well with this vertical offense.
55. Arizona Cardinals select TE Trey McBride
The first tight end off the board goes to a Cardinals team focusing on upgrading quarterback Kyler Murray’s weapons. The Cardinals shipped their first round draft pick to the Baltimore Ravens for receiver Hollywood Brown and now use their second round pick on McBride. Possessing sticky hands and playmaking ability, McBride is a matchup nightmare that the Cardinals have been lacking from their tight ends for some time. McBride compares favorably to Ravens tight end Mark Andrews and Murray should come to love the Colorado State product in a hurry.
56. Dallas Cowboys select OL Sam Williams
After losing Randy Gregory to Denver in the offseason, the Cowboys needed to upgrade the pass rush opposite DeMarcus Lawrence. Sam Williams can step in right away and help with that. Williams combines great measurables with an undying motor and he hunts opposing quarterbacks like his life depends on it. There are plenty of mechanics in his game that need cleaned up but he immediately upgrades the Cowboys pass rush.
57. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select OL Luke Goedeke
The Buccaneers offensive line is going through a transition following the retirement of Ali Marpet and departure of Alex Cappa. Though he mainly played right tackle while at Central Michigan, Goedeke will most likely kick it to the inside in Tampa Bay at left guard. His ability to play both tackle and guard makes him a valuable addition.
If the Bucs are wanting to run back another championship with Tom Brady, protecting the star quarterback should be of premium importance. Goedeke should give them an instant starter on the offensive line. While this pick won’t “wow” many pundits, this is a solid pick for a team that needed to reinforce the trenches on both sides of the ball.
58. Atlanta Falcons select LB Troy Andersen
There may not be a more versatile player in this entire draft. Andersen has played quarterback, running back, and linebacker while at Montana State and played all of those positions well. He finally settled in at linebacker where he excelled. A vicious tackler with sideline to sideline speed, Andersen gives the Falcons another athlete in their linebacking core.
Andersen was one of the top overall athletes in the entire draft and he can be molded into a phenomenal all around defender in Atlanta. The big downside is that Andersen has not been focusing on playing linebacker for an overly long time and needs work in some areas like his pass coverage. But given time, Andersen can make a difference on defense for the Falcons.
59. Minnesota Vikings select OL Ed Ingram
The Vikings beef up their offensive line and take former LSU guard Ed Ingram. Starting games at both left and right guard, Minnesota certainly values that versatility. Ingram has incredible strength and underrated lateral movement that allows him to pull, he can be a great blocker to help open up holes for running back Dalvin Cook. His pass blocking could use some refinement but overall, Ingram could prove to be a solid addition to the Minnesota offensive line.
60. Cincinnati Bengals select DB Cam Taylor-Britt
There may not be a more underrated defender in this draft. Taylor-Britt has the body and fluidity of a corner who plays like a head-hunting safety. Taylor-Britt plays with great versatility, having played a variety of different roles while at Nebraska. Fast and fearless, Taylor-Britt can lay a vicious hit down on ball carriers.
A tough, vocal competitor who backs down from no one, Taylor-Britt brings some swagger to the Cincinnati secondary. This pick was certainly made with an eye toward the future but he could pay big dividends sooner rather than later.
61. San Francisco 49ers select EDGE Drake Jackson
The strength of the 49ers defense has been the pass-rush and San Francisco feeds into that strength. Jackson is a great athlete who many felt was a sure-fire first round pick early in the college football season but low production down the stretch dropped him down draft boards.
Jackson has a fearsome first step and plays with elite flexibility but struggles with hand placement and can get overpowered rather easily as a result and can be a liability against the run. Still, Jackson is one of the youngest prospects in the draft and can be molded to become a better all-around defender given time.
62. Kansas City Chiefs select DB Bryan Cook
Cook is a product of an outstanding Cincinnati secondary that featured Sauce Gardner. The Chiefs grabbed Trent McDuffie in the first round to beef up the cornerback situation and now Cook will upgrade the safety room. Cook offers great versatility with great range and technique. Cook has work to do in terms of being able to read an opposing offense and his lack of turnovers throughout college is a bit concerning but given time, Cook can prove to be a solid addition to Kansas City.
63. Buffalo Bills select RB James Cook
The younger brother of Vikings running back, Dalvin Cook, finds a home in Buffalo. James Cook lead the national champions Georgia Bulldogs in all purpose yards and proved to be as dangerous of a pass-catcher as he is a ball carrier. As a runner, Cook displays the patience to allow holes to open up in front of him and then burst right through them.
Buffalo did not have many holes heading into the draft, especially on offense, but running back was certainly one of them. The Bills struggled to run the ball consistently last season and should welcome a solid all-around talent like Cook. Cook has a legitimate chance to be the lead back in Buffalo and is an early dark horse contender for offensive rookie of the year.
64. Denver Broncos select EDGE Nik Bonitto
A team can never have too much pass rush and the Broncos just reinforced theirs with this selection. A terrifying athlete who led all defenders in pass-rush win rate, Bonitto was a highly productive player for the Sooners. Though he is a bit on the lighter side and will need to bulk up, Bonitto is the perfect situational pass rusher in Denver. Sitting behind Bradley Chubb and Randall Gregory, Bonitto can come off the bench and wreak havoc late in games. This is a great get for a team with championship aspirations.
Round 3: 65. Jacksonville Jaguars select OL Luke Fortner
The Jaguars are getting a center prospect that plays quick and fluid. He has many NFL ready traits. At 6’6″ and 300-pounds, Fortner is a strong player on the field but an even better character off.
66. Minnesota Vikings select LB Brian Asamoah
Asamoah is an extremely consistent player with the ability to take on exceptional talent by himself. Coming off of a season with 80 total tackles and 2 forced fumbles, he brings a strong, intimidating presence to Minnesota.
67. New York Giants select OL Joshua Ezeudu
Ezeudu brings an important versatility at offensive line, possessing the ability to play both tackle and guard. If he can learn to play faster and sharper, he could one day develop into a strong starter in New York.
68. Cleveland Browns select CB Martin Emerson
Emerson is primarily an above-average special teamer with strong talents on both kick and punt return. He could improve his timing, but has strong balance. The Browns just extended their CB1, Denzel Ward, for five more years so it’s safe to say they hope to find their next, reliable backup cornerback in Emerson.
The titans defense looked sharp in 2021, racking up nine sacks in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs. Their elite talent should bring strong mentorship for Petit-Frere who needs a lot more experience before becoming the Titans’ next starting linebacker.
70. JacksonvilleJaguars select LB Chad Muma
After finishing the 2021 season with 142 combined tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 pick-sixes per ESPN, it’s clear Muma’s talent shines on the stat sheet. Once he improves his pass rush skills, he will be a player to look out for in Jacksonville.
71. Chicago Bears select WR Velus Jones
The Chicago Bears need a solid wide receiver more than arguably any other team in the league. After relying primarily on Darnell Mooney last year, they now also lost Allen Robinson in free agency. Jones won’t be the next WR1 in Chicago, but he brings some much-needed depth to the windy city.
72. Seattle Seahawks select OT Abe Lucas
The Seahawks offensive line has been the weakest point on their roster for years. It lead to the downfall of their relationship with their franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson, and cost them many games. Selecting Abe Lucas gives the Seahawks some important depth with an offensive tackle that shuts down pass-rushers seamlessly.
73. Indianapolis Colts select TE Jelani Woods
2022 has a strong tight end class and the Colts’ decided to maximize on that with this pick. Next to Mo-Allie Cox, Woods has the ability to turn into an incredibly strong TE2 in Indiana. He brings a speed element that the Colts’ are lacking and fits in nicely to a developing receiving corps.
74. Atlanta Falcons select QB Desmond Ridder
This quarterback class has been unpredictable, at best. Just the second quarterback off the board, Ridder has found his new home in Atlanta. He is predicted to sit behind Marcus Mariota this season, eventually taking over as Atlanta’s next starting quarterback.
75. Houston Texans select LB Christian Harris
Harris is plays fast-football and finds it hard to play a controlled game. This may result in some struggles as he gets adjusted to the NFL. His size and build leave room for optimism if put in the right system.
76. Baltimore Ravens select Travis Jones
It’s slightly surprising to see Jones available in the third round. He is a powerful lineman who, thanks to his size, will require top talent to guard him. He has room to grow but could develop into an elite talent. Jones fits in nicely with the other elite defensive talent taken by Baltimore this weekend.
77. Indianapolis Colts select Bernhard Raimann
Though he lacks experience playing football, Raimann is a highly intriguing prospect for the Colts. Most had Raimann pegged as a dark horse first round candidate but instead he slips to the late third round and the tackle-needy Colts scoop him up. He has a lot to work on in terms of technique but Raimann could be a long-term answer at left tackle for Indianapolis.
The Colts are doing all they can to surround Matt Ryan with offensive help and its going to make this a better football team in the short and long runs.
78. Cleveland Browns select EDGE Alex Wright
At 6’7, 270 lbs, Wright is a monster on the edge opposite Myles Garrett. Wright combines speed with power to be stout against the run as well as a solid pass rusher. He is need of some seasoning to clean up a few mechanical issues but he should prove to be a stout defender. The Browns have been wanting to sharpen its edges for some time and Wright can be developed to be a solid compliment to Garrett.
79. Los Angeles Chargers select S JT Woods
The Chargers add some speed to the back end of their secondary and some insurance behind Derwin James. The Chargers added JC Jackson in the offseason but clearly Brandon Staley wanted more depth in the defensive backfield. At worst, Woods is that pivotal third safety that more and more teams are relying on for their defenses.
At best, he can step in and be a solid starter in case there are injuries to either James or Nasir Adderley. For a suddenly explosive AFC West, the Chargers can’t have too many talented defensive backs.
80. Denver Broncos select TE Greg Dulcich
The Broncos add a solid pass catching tight end for Russell Wilson in Greg Dulcich. Dulcich is stoutly built like Mike Gesicki and can be a solid move tight end. The hope is he will pair well with Albert Okwuegbunam and replace the now departed Noah Fant. Dulcich is a solid pick but won’t move the needle much on offense.
81. New York Giants select CB Cordale Flott
This is a pick based purely off of athleticism and speed, which Flott has plenty of. His lack of size is concerning but he held up well playing in the competitive SEC. He has the versatility to play both inside and outside but in terms of technique, he needs a good deal of coaching. Many had a late Day 3 grade on Flott and the Giants could have waited to take the LSU corner.
82. Atlanta Falcons select EDGE DeAngelo Malone
The Falcons double dip at EDGe for good reason. The Falcons are desperate for a consistent pass rush and use two Day 2 picks to upgrade this massive position of need. Malone has a scary first step and can bend the edge well. He is an athletic marvel and should pair well with Arnold Ebiketie. Reinforcing Atlanta’s front seven was obviously a high priority for the Falcons and they get a solid second pass rusher.
83. Philadelphia Eagles select LB Nakobe Dean
No one could have foreseen this slide for the Georgia Nakobe Dean. Once seen as the top linebacker prospect, it came out soon after the draft started that Dean refused surgery on his shoulder and that created red flags for several teams, causing a fall. If he is healthy, the Eagles got a massive late third round steal.
Touted as the leader of the national championship Georgia defense, Dean is a passionate player who simply makes plays. The Eagles have a massive hole at linebacker and Dean should step in right away to be a playmaker for this defense.
84. Pittsburgh Steelers select DL DeMarvin Leal
Leal came into last season with a great deal of hype, and for good reason. The former five star recruit was a penetrator up front who couldn’t be slowed. But consistency and technique issues caused many teams to cool on the former Aggie. He has all the physical potential in the world and if he can be coached up, he can be a great rotational piece for the Steelers. Pittsburgh already possesses a top-flight defensive line and Leal just adds to that.
85. New England Patriots select CB Marcus Jones
The Patriots have landed an extremely versatile cornerback in Marcus Jones. He is incredibly fast and intimidates even top talent wide receivers.
86. Tennessee Titans select QB Malik Willis
Just the third quarterback taken in the 2022 draft, the Titans have taken Malik Willis at 86th overall. Willis was projected to go in the first or second round, but it’s clear that the NFL as a whole wasn’t impressed with this year’s quarterback class. After sitting behind Ryan Tannehill for a few years, Willis should have a strong opportunity to go far in Tennessee.
87. Arizona Cardinals select DE Cameron Thomas
The defensive end out of San Diego state is heading to Arizona to partner up with All-Pro DE J.J. Watt. After losing Chandler Jones in free agency, defensive end was one of the Cardinals’ biggest needs this weekend.
88. Dallas Cowboys select WR Jalen Tolbert
Tolbert is strong in contested situations, making him a good complement to CeeDee Lamb and the Cowboys’ receiving corps. He is an extremely competitive wide receiver that is sure to please creative offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore.
89. Buffalo Bills take LB Terrel Bernard
The Bills are already in the running for the best defense in the league after their 2021 campaign. Bernard won’t necessarily put them over the hump but, he will provide solid depth. He also shines on special teams, always showcasing his ability to track and chase the football.
90. Las Vegas Raiders select Dylan Parham
The Raiders offensive line was firmly in the bottom-tier of the league in 2021. It was arguably the biggest need of the 2021 offseason, but yet the Raiders hadn’t acquired any new talent. Parham brings a hopeful face to the desert, possessing strong potential to eventually be the Raiders next starting lineman.
91. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select RB Rachaad White
The Bucs have one of the most superior offenses in the NFL thanks to Tom Brady and co. Rachaad White brings some necessary depth to the wide receiver room after they faced a lot of injuries in 2021.
92. Green Bay Packers select OT Sean Rhyan
The Packers offensive line fell victim to the injuries of many in 2021. Should they have those concerns again in 2022, Rhyan’s tape shows he can hold down the fort if needed. He is a powerful, strong player that will develop over the next few years.
93. San Francisco 49ers select RB Tyrion Davis-Price
LSU is known for producing solid running backs and Davis-Price is no exception. He is comfortable on the field, with over 1,000 yards in 2021, and houses an impressive competitive drive.
94. Carolina Panthers select QB Matt Corral
The Panthers made the jump up in order to secure a potential quarterback of the future in Matt Corral. Many had Corral as the top quarterback in the draft until an unfortunate injury dropped his stock somewhat. But he is back healthy now and goes to Carolina where he can potentially compete for a starting spot.
Blessed with a strong arm and great athleticism, Corral has the physical tools that had many believing he could be a Day 1 selection. He will need some time to get acclimated to the pros but Corral could be the coveted quarterback of the future for Carolina.
95. Cincinnati Bengals select DE Zach Carter
Carter is a hard-nosed run defender who has a big frame that allows him to play both inside and outside. His biggest knock is he is not a great pass rusher and won’t be relied upon as someone who will generate a great deal of pressure. But Carter won’t get pushed around and adds some strength to the Bengals defensive line. A versatile piece who can line up everywhere, Carter is a solid depth piece at the very least.
96. Indianapolis Colts select Nick Cross
Maryland’s Nick Cross is a human missile who flies all over the field. Boasting tremendous range, he gives the Indianapolis secondary some much needed speed. His instincts need work and he was not a true ballhawk in college but that can come with some coaching. He’s a prototype at safety and has all the tools to develop into a true difference maker on the backend.
97. Detroit Lions select S Kerby Joseph
Joseph is a solid coverage safety who has outstanding range. Adept at creating turnovers, Joseph is an ideal third safety for Detroit’s defense. The Lions need as much help in the secondary and Joseph offers just that. He can be used in a variety of different ways and should be a boon to the Detroit secondary.
98. Washington Commanders select Brian Robinson Jr.
The Commanders needed to add some bulk to their backfield and do just that with the bruiser out of Bama. While some see him as a one trick pony, being strictly a short yardage and goal line back, Robinson actually wore several different hats in college. A great pass protector and an underrated receiver, Robinson did everything that was asked of him and he did it well. He has a chance to carve out an early role in Washington.
99. Cleveland Brown select WR David Bell
Bell is a big body receiver who had great production for the Boilermakers. He’s far from a burner and his disappointing 40 time may have dropped him but he is still a solid possession receiver for Cleveland. What he lacks in dynamics he makes up for in route running. The Browns add a solid pass catcher to their offense.
100. Arizona Cardinals select EDGE Myjai Sanders
In the pick acquired from the Ravens in the Hollywood Brown trade, the Cardinals add to their pass rush. Sanders’ draft stock has been like a roller coaster in this draft process. His weight is an issue as many feel he’s too light to be a full time pass rusher but there’s no denying his athleticism. Sanders finds a way to disrupt opposing offenses and should be a great situational pass rusher out of the gate.
101. New York Jets select TE Jeremy Ruckert
Ruckert is a big blocking tight end. Ruckert wasn’t asked to play receiver much but he’s underrated in this regard. He has a great catch radius that should help out Zach Wilson. Ruckert won’t blow anyone away with his athleticism or playmaking ability but he is a solid, all around tight end.
102. Miami Dolphins select LB Channing Tindall
Tindall is a great linebacker who may be overshadowed by more well known talent while at Georgia. Tindall can do it all for a defense and has solid instincts to match. He goes to Miami who have a big hole at linebacker. Tindall can come in right away and compete for a starting spot.
103. Kansas City Chiefs select LB Leo Chenal
If you want an athlete at linebacker, Chenal is your man. Chenal is big, strong, and fast and blew away teams with his workouts. A downhill thumper, Chenal is a stout tackler who needs to clean up his coverage but that can come with time. The Chiefs have invested plenty of picks at linebacker over the years but Chenal can make some noise early in Kansas City.
104. Los Angeles Rams select OL Logan Bruss
The first pick made by the Super Bowl champions goes towards reinforcing the offensive line. Burss has great size and athleticism and possesses sound technique and should settle in nicely at guard. He does have plenty of experience at tackle but projects best on the inside. The Rams need more depth on the offensive line and Bruss provides just that.
105. San Francisco 49ers select WR Danny Gray
The final pick of the third round, Gray is a straight burner. Gray has plenty of speed and is a scary vertical threat for this 49ers offense. He needs to work on his hands as he does have concentration drops and his route running needs polished. Still, he has the athleticism that can’t be coached and the 49ers would love to develop him as a big play threat.
Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft is in the books and it was certainly one to remember. A head swiveling day full of trades and rapid picks and the Ravens were in the thick of it. Here is a recap of Baltimore’s picks and trades that you may have missed!
Day 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone and it mirrored the craziness of the NFL off-season that preceded it. Picks were flying off the board in record time and a myriad of trades involving picks and players occurred. The Ravens were in on their fair share of craziness, trading off a high profile player and adding elite talent to a team hoping for a Super Bowl run. Below is a recap of the NFL Draft action for the Baltimore Ravens.
Ravens Land Kyle Hamilton 14th Overall
The Ravens have formed their identity around letting great players fall to them in the draft regardless of position. 2022 proved no different as Kyle Hamilton fell to Baltimore. Once seen as a lock to go in the top 5, Hamilton dropped to 14 and the Ravens did not hesitate to select the star safety out of Notre Dame. Though his stock has dipped in recent weeks, Hamilton may be the most talented overall player in the draft.
Hamilton has tremendous size for the position, good range, and top tier instincts that allows him to read the game better than any other defender in this draft. The former Golden Domer can line up in the slot, as a hybrid linebacker in the box or as a single high safety and that kind of versatility is something the Ravens covet.
Though safety did not top Baltimore’s list of needs, Hamilton’s talent was just too enticing to pass up. Pairing him with Marcus Williams gives the Ravens one of the top young safety tandems in the NFL. A year after finishing 32nd against the pass, the Ravens have now beefed up the secondary in a massive way by adding a true all around play-maker.
Hollywood Shipped to Arizona for the 23rd Overall Pick
In a surprising bit a news, the Ravens sent receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, along with the 100th pick in the draft, to the Arizona Cardinals for the 23d overall selection. While the writing had been on the wall for some time, the departure of Hollywood Brown was a shock to many fan. Brown had scrubbed the Ravens from his social media accounts and was noticeably absent from Lamar Jackson’s workouts with the team’s wide receivers. Unhappy with the run-first scheme the Ravens employ, Brown now heads out west to the Cardinals.
The move reunites Brown with his collegiate quarterback Kyler Murray. The Cardinals were in search of a receiver to compliment DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore. Hollywood is the perfect receiver to put into that fold with his speed a big play ability. His connection with Murray at Oklahoma was electrifying and a major reason the Ravens made Brown the 25th pick in the 2019 draft.
For the Ravens, getting a first round pick for Hollywood was the best case scenario. Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said that Brown had requested a trade at the end of the regular season and the team had been quietly shopping him for some time. Despite an up and down career and an expiring contract for a player that will demand upwards of $20 million per year, the Ravens still managed to fetch a first round pick. While it is sad to see Hollywood go, in the end, this was the right move for all parties.
Ravens Select Tyler Linderbuam 25th Overall
Armed with an extra first round pick, the Ravens sought to fill even more holes on their roster. After trading down to 25 with the Buffalo Bills (and acquiring the 130th overall selection in the process), the Ravens selected the consensus top center in the draft in Tyler Linderbaum. While much has been made about Linderbuam’s less than ideal length and scheme fit, there is simply no denying the overall talent of the Iowa product.
While he is on the shorter side at 6’2 and his arms are shorter than one might like, Linderbaum has everything else a team could look for in a starting center. A three year starter at Iowa, Linderbaum has a tough, in-your-face mentality and doesn’t get bullied easily. Well adept at using technique and leverage, Linderbuam is an elite athlete who many regard as the best center prospect to come out in close to a decade.
Linderbaum’s arrival fills a gaping hole in the middle of Baltimore’s offensive line. With Bradley Bozeman now in Charlotte, it was clear the Ravens needed an upgrade at center. The Ravens expressed confidence in their in house options but that was clearly just a smokescreen. Center has been a position of skepticism in Baltimore over the last few years, and for good reason. Linderbaum should anchor that spot for the next decade. In terms of pure talent, most consider Linderbaum top-10. It is that talent combined with need that made him an easy selection for the Ravens.