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.
We are less than a week away from the 2022 NFL Draft. There are handful of trades as well as a few picks to mimic the craziness we all know and love on draft day. Without further ado, here is my final mock draft of the season!
The Jaguars opt for a high ceiling player with unmatched physical potential to kick of this year’s mock draft. Though he wasn’t the most dominant pass rusher in college, Travon Walker’s physical upside is too much for the Jaguars to pass on and they get a difference maker on defense.
No. 2 Detroit Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
Head coach Dan Campbell gets his tough, gritty defender in the Michigan native Aidan Hutchinson. The former Wolverine has all the tools to excel in the NFL, as he is solid in every facet of the game. His leadership ability makes him a big draw as well.
No 3. Houston Texans: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
The Texans must lay a foundation for their franchise and Evan Neal can help them do that. Adept at playing both left and right tackle, the physically imposing Neal can be a franchise tackle in Houston for years to come.
No 4. New York Jets: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
It wasn’t too long ago that Kayvon Thibodeaux was the conseus top player in this draft, but falls to fourth overall due to unfounded questions of his effort. Robert Saleh made a career off of a vaunted pass rush in San Francisco, and he grabs a dynamic EDGE here for his defense.
No 5. New York Giants: Ikem Ekwonu, OT, NC State
The Giants need serious help along the offensive line in order to help protect quarterback Daniel Jones and open holes for running back Saquon Barkley. Ikem Ekwonu is a phenomenal run blocker who plays with a nasty streak that the Giants will certainly covet.
No. 6. *TRADE* (from Carolina) Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty (Panthers receive 20th overall selection, 52nd overall selection, 2024 first round pick)
Word on the street is the Steelers are enamored with Malik Willis, and it’s not hard to see why. A tremendous athlete with a cannon for an arm, Willis can bring to life a position that has been on the wayside in Pittsburgh the last few years. Though he’ll need time to develop, and he’ll get that behind Trubisky, Willis will be well worth the wait for the Steelers.
No 7. New York Giants: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
New defensive coordinator Wink Martindale prioritizes defensive backs and coverage over pass rush, and hasn’t been shy about saying so. Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner has the size, speed, and swagger that Wink drools over, and would be a perfect fit in the Giants new look defense.
No. 8. Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Davis, IDL, Georgia
The first big shock of this mock draft goes to the Falcons, who stay close to home and are not above taking athletic marvels, even if the position isn’t a big need or matches the value of the spot. At 6’6, 340 lbs and running a 4.78, Jordan Davis is a freak of nature the NFL has never seen the likes of and he should have teams drooling.
The Falcons ranked last in sacks and were sixth against the run, but Davis can elevate those around him. Not to mention, Grady Jarrett is due over $16 million during his final year of his contract and Davis could help ease that eventual loss.
The Seahawks have massive holes at both tackle spots, and it doesn’t matter much who is under center in Seattle until those spots are filled. Trevor Penning has been a fast riser in the draft process due to his athletic testing and his nasty style of play. This may be seen as a reach, but Pete Carroll’s draft board has always looked vastly different from most everyone else’s.
No. 10. New York Jets: Drake London, WR, USC
Getting quarterback Zach Wilson more help should be a high priority for the Jets. They go out and snag a big target for their second year quarterback here. Drake London may not have blazing speed, but he is a big-bodied target with a massive wingspan who makes contested catches look easy. The Jets get a much needed-number one wide-out in New York.
No. 11. Washington Commanders: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
The backend of Washington’s defense needs an upgrade, and Kyle Hamilton is one of the best upgrades a team can have. Seen as one of the top players in this draft, Hamilton has tremendous range, versatility, and overall talent, and fits in nicely with Ron Rivera’s defense.
No. 12. *TRADE* (from Minnesota) Kansas City Chiefs: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama (Vikings receive the 29th and 30th overall picks)
The Chiefs have shown that they are not afraid to go all-in to get players they feel will help Patrick Mahomes, as evidenced by their overhaul of the offensive line last year. Now, the Chiefs need weapons and they grab perhaps the best one in this year’s draft. Jameson Williams is an explosive pass catcher who can play all over the field and keeps the Kansas City offense dangerous.
The Texans need help across the board and are in a prime position to take the best player available. Derek Stingley Jr. is far and away the best player on the board. There were talks of him being a potential first overall pick after a tremendous freshman year at LSU, and while his play has cooled off since then, there is no denying that Stingley possesses unreal talent.
No. 14. Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State
Despite owning a bevy of mid-round picks, the Ravens do the Ravens thing and stay put to let good players fall to them. Jermaine Johnson fills a massive need for Baltimore, as the team has no proven players beyond Tyus Bowser and Odafe Oweh, both of whom are coming off of injuries themselves. Johnson can rush the passer in a variety of ways on top of being a stout run defender.
No. 15. Philadelphia Eagles: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
The Eagles are in desperate need of secondary help, and Trent McDuffie offers just that. Though he doesn’t possess prototypical length, McDuffie is an outstanding athlete who has the ability to play both the slot and out on the perimeter.
N0. 16. New Orleans Saints: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Jameis Winston is firmly entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback, so the Saints look to upgrade the talent around him in this mock draft. There is a gaping hole at left tackle after the departure of Terron Armstead, but Charles Cross can help fill that. Seen as the best pass protector in the draft, Cross can step in from Day 1 and be the Saints blindside protector.
No. 17. Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
The Chargers are seriously invested in making a championship run while Justin Herbert is still on a rookie contract. The defense has been massively upgraded and now the Chargers look to upgrade Herbert’s weapons. Chris Olave has tremendous deep speed that complements the other receivers well, and he can immediately take advantage of Herbert’s big arm.
No. 18. Philadelphia Eagles: George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
Philly’s defensive line is in serious need of some youth and George Karlaftis provides just that. Perhaps the best power rusher in the draft, Karlaftis is a stout run defender with a non-stop motor to get to the opposing quarterback.
No. 19. New Orleans Saints: Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
Whatever the Saints need from him, Garrett Wilson can provide. A smooth route runner with sticky hands who can create separation in an instant, Wilson provides a much needed complement to the returning Michael Thomas — himself a former Buckeye.
The Panthers have a massive need at quarterback and are in dire need of draft picks. The trade down with the Steelers in this mock draft nets Carolina solutions to both, as the Panthers snag a second round pick and the quarterback they were targeting all along.
While Kenny Pickett is far from a finished product, he has enough physical and technical ability to give the Panthers confidence that he is their franchise QB going forward.
No. 21. New England Patriots: Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
Even if J.C. Jackson had returned, defensive back would still be high up on New England’s list of needs. But with Jackson’s departure to LA, the Patriots are in need of an influx of talent on their defensive back end. Though there are some medical concerns, Andrew Booth is an astounding athlete and a tough competitor who can play both in the slot and out on the perimeter.
No. 22. Green Bay Packers: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
George Pickens is a big-bodied receiver with deceptive speed who can make any catch thrown his way. Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons, and he will come to love Pickens in a hurry.
No. 23. Arizona Cardinals: Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College
Though there are more pressing needs for Arizona, the team’s top priority should be surrounding quarterback Kyler Murray with talent, assuming he comes back. Zion Johnson is an interior lineman who has it all and can instantly upgrade Murray’s protection, which has been suspect at times.
No. 24. Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Smith, OL, Tulsa
For years, the strength of the Cowboys has been the offensive line. But age, injuries, and free agent departures have thinned out that line. Tyler Smith offers some much needed reinforcements. A violent run blocker with obscene strength and power, Smith can open up holes for Cowboys runners with ease.
Wide receiver isn’t the biggest need for Buffalo but Treylon Burks is too enticing at this spot to pass up. Falling a bit due to disappointing 40 times, Burks is still a big-bodied receiver who complements Stefon Diggs and could quickly become a favorite target of Josh Allen.
No. 26. Tennessee Titans: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
The Titans have a noticeable hole in the middle of their defense at linebacker. Devin Lloyd can come in right away to remedy that. Ultra versatile with sideline-to-sideline speed, Lloyd can be a useful weapon head coach Mike Vrabel could deploy effectively.
No. 27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia
Devonte Wyatt was productive while at Georgia and has all the tools teams want in a defensive lineman, but he’s one of the oldest prospects in the draft. That could cause him to fall. The Bucs need to inject some youth into their defensive line and Wyatt could be a Day 1 starter.
No. 28. Green Bay Packers: Lewis Cine, S, Georgia
The Packers grab a versatile defensive back to strengthen their defensive backfield. Lewis Cine has great range and can play in multiple spots on the defense and would be a needed boost to Green Bay’s secondary.
The Vikings have had a revolving door at corner for a number of years, and it’s not for a lack of trying to upgrade the position. Kaiir Elam has the NFL pedigree and a great combination of size and athleticism to be a standout defensive back.
There’s a new regime in Minnesota and that typically means a new quarterback. While Kirk Cousins is back for one more year, that doesn’t preclude the Vikings from taking a signal caller and getting that coveted fifth-year option. Desmond Ridder is an experienced player with the tools necessary to succeed at the next level.
The Bengals made a surprising Super Bowl run last season and that is no thanks to the offensive line. The Bengals have made much needed additions to that unit and Tyler Linderbaum can be the cherry on top.
No. 32. Detroit Lions: Daxton Hill, DB, Michigan
The Lions close out this mock draft and go Michigan once again with their second first round pick, Daxton Hill. The former Wolverine can line up and virtually any spot in the secondary, which is a relief because the Lions need help in their secondary in a bad way.
We are just a few days away from the 2022 NFL Draft and the anticipation is at an all time high. This year, the Ravens have numerous holes on the roster but own a whopping ten picks to help fill them. Below is my final mock draft of the season for the Baltimore Ravens. Enjoy!
Full Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft
Round 1 (14): Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia
The Ravens must get younger on the defensive line, and they do it in a big way with the selection of Jordan Davis. At 6’6, 340 lbs and running a 4.78, Davis is physical freak of nature the likes the NFL has never seen before. An incredible run stopper, he is nearly impossible to move.
His pass rush needs work and there are questions about his ability to be a three down player, but there is no denying that Davis is a unicorn. He immediately improves the depth of the Ravens defensive line.
Round 2 (45): Roger McCreary, DB, Auburn
Lost amid all of the hype of the top-tier corners is Roger McCreary. Once seen as one of the top corner prospects in the draft, McCreary has been lapped by others late in the draft process, but that is hardly due to a lack of talent.
While he doesn’t possess elite length, the Auburn defensive back has tremendous athleticism and the versatility to play both outside and in the slot. That kind of multi-faceted player is exactly what is needed in a Baltimore secondary that was ravaged by injuires a year ago.
Round 3 (76): Josh Paschal, EDGE, Kentucky
If Josh Paschal falls to them in the third round, expect the Ravens to sprint to turn their card in. At 6’3, 268 lbs, Paschal has the immense size the Ravens like in their pass rushers. Able to play in a variety of spots and use a terrifying blend of speed and power, Paschal would be a massive boost to Baltimore’s pass rush.
Round 3 (100): Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State
It is clear the Ravens are looking to upgrade the middle of their defense at linebacker. Veteran Josh Bynes was brought back on a one-year deal, but Baltimore may look to add some younger competition next to him and 2020 third round pick Malik Harris.
Troy Andersen still needs some fine tuning to his game, but he is a phenomenal athlete who has played multiple positions — both on offense and defense — throughout his collegiate career. He is a versatile weapon the Ravens would love to deploy.
Round 4 (110): Cam Jurgens, IOL, Nebraska
The Ravens have never highly prioritized the center position in the past, but they may have no choice this year. With Bradley Bozeman now in Carolina, the team will be looking for someone to compete with Patrick Mekari. Cam Jurgens may be on the smaller side, but he is a tremendous athlete who punches above his weight. Jurgens could come in and start from Day 1.
Round 4 (119): Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
While the offensive line was atrocious last year, there is reason for hope entering 2022. Ronnie Stanley is slated to come back at full health, and veteran Morgan Moses was signed to start at right tackle. Still, the Ravens should not shy away from adding depth at tackle.
A three-year starter for Penn State, Rasheed Walker has the experience and knowledge to play at either tackle spot if need be. He has solid technique and could start in a pinch if injuries were to creep back into the lineup.
Round 4 (128): Dameon Pierce, RB, Florida
Dameon Pierce is a big back who doesn’t excel at any one thing, but is solid in every facet. Possessing the strength to run between the tackles and the speed and elusiveness to bounce outside, Pierce can do everything that is asked of him. He can even be a factor in the passing game if need be.
With JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards still nursing injuries, having a young back who can do it all to give the team more insurance could go a long way for Baltimore.
Round 4 (139): Zyon McCollum, DB, Sam Houston State
Zyon McCollum has everything a team looks for physically in a corner. At 6’4, 195 lbs, he has the length the Ravens love in their corners and has blistering speed to boot. His biggest knock is that he needs time to develop, but he can have plenty of that in Baltimore.
The Ravens can bring the young McCollum along slowly, and he can eventually take over a starting spot on the outside if all goes right. He requires patience, but that patience can be rewarded handsomely down the line.
Round 4 (141): Chigoziem Okonkwo, TE, Maryland
What can’t Chigoziem Okonkwo do? Taking reps at tight end, wide receiver, and running back during his career at Maryland, the former Terp can be an ultra-versatile weapon that can be used in a variety of ways.
While his blocking needs refinement, Okonkwo could still be the perfect third tight end in this offense. On top of that, Okonkwo has expressed a strong desire to play with Lamar Jackson.
With Odafe Oweh and Tyus Bowser nursing injuries, the Ravens may be wise to double dip at EDGE. Jeffery Gunter needs refinement as a pass rusher, but sets the edge nicely and is strong against the run. He is a work in progress but has plenty of athletic potential to help in a oration.