NFL Draft: Ravens Day 2 Recap

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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

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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

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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.

Recapping the Ravens Day 1 of the NFL Draft

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!

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Final Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft

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!

Georgia DT Jordan Davis is the first pick in this Baltimore Ravens mock draft
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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.

Round 6 (196): Jeffrey Gunter, EDGE, Coastal Carolina

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.

NFL Draft: 5 Players the Baltimore Ravens Could Trade-Up for

Here are five targets the Ravens could target in a trade up

The 2022 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and the Baltimore Ravens have a number of holes on the roster that need to be filled. The team will certainly have its fair share of targets that will hopefully fall to the fourteenth overall selection. However, a certain player could fall down the board that the Ravens may feel inclined to trade up for in order to secure.

Traditionally speaking, the Ravens are unlikely to move up from their fourteenth draft slot. The team has rarely ever traded up from its original first-round draft spot, the last time being in 2009. But with a bevy of mid-round picks this year, the Ravens may be tempted to buck that trend.

Every year, a highly-touted prospect seems to unexpectedly fall. If that were to happen this year, the Ravens just might package a few of their mid-round picks to secure that difference-maker for their roster. Listed below are five players who could fall in the draft and be a target for the Ravens to move up and take within the first three rounds.

Potential Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft Targets

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Derek Stingley, Jr.

There are serious depth issues at cornerback in Baltimore. Even Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said the depth was concerning in an offseason press conference. Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters are the only proven players at the position and both are coming off serious injuries. The Ravens will certainly look to address the issue in the draft. One target is LSU corner Derek Stingley, Jr.

There may not be a more polarizing player in this year’s draft and for good reason. Stingley’s 2019 freshman tape was immaculate. Injuries and subpar play the following two seasons have forced his stock to drop. The big question is which version of Stingley will a team get? That question might have teams shy away from the LSU product. But if he falls out of the top-10, the Ravens just may make a move up.

Stingley has great length for the position and is a top-notch athlete. All things the Ravens covet in their corners. He would provide incredible depth behind Humphrey and Peters as he transitions to the pros.

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Jermaine Johnson

A big question in this upcoming draft is where exactly will Florida State pass-rusher Jermaine Johnson land? Ranging from a top-5 selection to a second-round pick, Johnson’s stock seems to be all over the place. Despite this, if Johnson falls anywhere close to the 14th overall selection, the Ravens should not hesitate to part with a draft pick or two to move up and secure him.

After lighting up the Senior Bowl, Johnson showed that he is a phenomenal all-around defender. With the speed and quickness to rush the passer and the size and strength to stand up against the run, Johnson would be an immediate upgrade to Baltimore’s defense. With Tyus Bowser and Odafe Oweh coming off of injuries, the Ravens are short on healthy players at a premium position.

Johnson can be a force for a team that has had trouble generating sacks in recent years and gives new defensive coordinator Mike MacDonald another weapon to deploy.

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George Pickens

No team has dedicated more draft capital towards wide receivers over the last three years than the Ravens. That includes using the 27th overall pick in last year’s draft on Rashod Bateman. Despite this, the Ravens should not be precluded from taking a receiver like Georgia’s George Pickens this year.

Pickens isn’t mentioned as one of the draft’s top receivers, but that shouldn’t be the case. At 6’3, 200 pounds, Pickens has the size and strength to be a matchup nightmare. That is exactly what the Ravens are lacking. Pickens is a bully who can make contested catches look easy. That is a critical piece the Ravens have been missing since the days of Anquan Boldin.

Seen as a late first-round or early second-round pick, Pickens would be an incredible addition. It would be worth it to move up and secure him to get Lamar Jackson that hard-nosed receiver he has never truly had.

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Daniel Faalele

The Ravens have had some serious problems along the offensive line over the last few years. It is time for Baltimore to start investing in Lamar Jackson’s protection. Despite signing Morgan Moses to be the starting right tackle, the Ravens must do more. Enter Minnesota’s Daniel Faalele. A 6’8, 380-pound monster who is light on his feet, but has every bit of a nasty streak that his size indicates, Faalele should be a massive target for the Ravens.

Some see his size as a detriment, and that could cause him to fall. The Ravens took a flyer on a player with similar labels in Orlando Brown Jr., and he fared well in Baltimore. Faalele may need some time to develop, but there is no denying that he can be a monster in the trenches — if developed properly.

A team may take a chance on him early in the third round of the NFL draft before the Ravens are up, but if Baltimore has the chance to move up to take him, they would be wise to do so.

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Travis Jones

As with virtually every other position in Baltimore, the depth of the Ravens defensive line was challenged due to injuries. Calais Campbell was re-signed and Michael Pierce was brought in for his second stint with the team, but the team must get younger in the defensive trenches. Travis Jones has been a darling of most scouts during the draft process and it is not hard to see why.

While playing at UConn, Jones was an immovable force against the run and showed glimpses of being a solid interior pass rusher. Jones would fit right into Baltimore’s rotation as he learns the ropes behind several established veterans while providing the Ravens longevity on the defensive line.

Jones has been linked to several teams in the second round of the NFL Draft. He may be gone by the time the Ravens pick in the second round, but he could be a big target for a Baltimore trade-up.

Baltimore Ravens sign OT Morgan Moses

Former Jets offensive lineman Morgan Moses has signed with the Baltimore Ravens
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Good day Ravens Flock, OT Morgan Moses is now a Raven!

Now that we have gotten all the initial excitement and reactions out of the way after last night’s signing of the veteran offensive tackle, let’s get into some of the details of this signing and the guy’s playing career.

The 6’6″, 335lb, 31-year-old, eight season veteran out of Virginia has been a consistent player throughout his career. Based on the PFF grading scale, he’s been an average 70’s green guy. Most recently, in his last year with Washington Moses reached a bluish-green 80’s grade. During his one year with the New York Jets, he graded 71.0 — even green.

The thing that’s catching everyone’s eye is:

Last year with the Jets, Morgan Moses had only allowed four sacks, ten QB hits, thirty-five hurries, forty-nine pressures, and only three penalties against him in 679 pass blocks. Overall, that puts him at a 95.9% efficiency in pass blocking.

Moses is also as efficient as a run blocker, and in this run-first offense as you would want him to be. There has only been a handful of times in his career that he’s had a better pass blocking grading than his run blocking.

Listed as follows (All while with Washington):

  • 2019, 69.5 Green.
  • 2018, 68.7 Green.
  • 2016, 75.3 Dark Green.
  • 2014(R), 63.2 Dark Yellow.

We’ll let the rookie year slide because he only got 130 snaps total that year.

Contract Details

Morgan Moses has signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Ravens. The big question most of us have is the layout and exact numbers of this contract. Is it evened out? Is it back-loaded, like most teams usually like to do? Or is it front-loaded? Courtesy of Sportrac, we have some numbers and it goes as follows:

  • $5.5M fully guaranteed
  • 1 year, $5.5M practical
  • Cap Hits
    • 2022: $2.58M
    • 2023: $5.46M
    • 2024: $6.96M

This seems to be very cap and team friendly, especially in year one!

What does this mean for the line-up?

It could mean multiple things. He could end up being our starting RT, or he could be a sure contingency plan in case Ju’Wan James doesn’t work out. Another option is to have him back up Ronnie Stanley if he goes down again.

I prefer Mr. Moses to be the starting RT after this motion, but the coaching staff will make that move accordingly. We still have many days of free agency, and the NFL draft is approaching us very quickly. Their plan is in motion, so the fans need to ride the waves.