The Baltimore Ravens Future Overall Outlook for 2022

Welcome to the Baltimore Ravens’ Future Outlook for 2022. Come take a look on everything & let us know what you think.

Well, it’s been a little over a week since the last Baltimore Ravens ball game. We’re into the heat of the playoffs, and I don’t know about you all, but I wish our Ravens were playing in them. Unfortunately, wishes are not always granted, but we can look towards the future. The Ravens’ future is very bright.

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In the last post-game press conference, Chuck Clark said, “Just watch how we bounce back.” There is nothing more reassuring than hearing that because he’s right. So far, the 2022 season is exciting to look forward to because of so much.

The Baltimore Ravens’ future outlook is one to be excited about

Outside of the obvious, we are finally getting Ravens football back in the spring/summer of 2022 via mini-camps, OTA’s, training camp, etc. There will be the return of the following players from injury:

  • QB Lamar Jackson
  • RB JK Dobbins
  • RB Gus Edwards
  • LT Ronnie Stanley
  • S DeShon Elliott
  • LB LJ Fort
  • CB Marlon Humphrey
  • CB Marcus Peters
  • FB/DL Pat Ricard

And the list goes on and on as far as injured players returning. That’s exciting in itself. Now some of these players are on the free agency market. That’s another topic we can discuss later on — outside of the need to re-sign my guy, center Bradley Bozeman! Extending Bozeman will be an essential key for this offensive line and the offense in general. We cannot break up the bromance of Kevin Zeitler & Bozeman!

Anyways, the Baltimore Ravens’ future, as far as existing personnel goes, is genuinely remarkable nonetheless.

Speaking of personnel, we have to discuss that it’s also draft season! We’ve dove into the draft content a little bit on the newest episode of Around The Flock already but let’s look at the set-in-stone stuff.

The Baltimore Ravens Future Draft Picks include the following.

Ravens media via twitter.
  • 1st Round – No. 14
  • 2nd Round – No. 45
  • 3rd Round – No. 76
  • 3rd Round – Comp pick (David Culley)
  • 4th Round – From New York Giants for Ben Bredeson
  • 4th Round – Normal pick
  • 4th Round – Comp pick (Matthew Judon)
  • 4th Round – Comp pick (Yannick Nqakoue)
  • 4th Round – From Arizona Cardinals in 2021 Draft
  • 6th Round – From Miami Dolphins for Greg Mancz

With a whopping total of 10 draft picks, they’ll be looking to bolster the depth chart with many young quality guys. I’m hoping they do a nice mix of positional needs, but we know the team places the best player available guys first. We’ve been taking mock drafts for the Ravens seriously around here. The Ravens’ future is looking so good here. I can’t wait to dig deeper into this draft class. I know our head contributor TD Hunter has already been diving into it but give me time to research prospects!

The Baltimore Ravens’ Future Opponents has finally been set!

Ravens Media via Twitter

We’ve received the last place schedule for the most part, but come next season, that won’t mean a damn thing. I mean, it will, but at the same time, it won’t. The NFL is a week-to-week league, with anything happening at any time. So looking at the possibilities of going to any games would be slim to none unless I decide to go to the Jungle, Paul Brown Stadium, again when the Ravens come to town. Another option I’m trying to convince my wife of is taking a trip to Jacksonville, FL, whenever the Jags and Ravens play.

That would be an incredible time. Another quick note on the Baltimore Ravens’ Future travel plans is that they get to play at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey twice in one season against the New York Jets and New York Giants.

Overall, I’m happy with this opponent’s layout & the possibilities with the actual schedule. I’m also super excited for this draft season & all the injury returns. 2022 will be an incredible year, and I hope everyone is looking forward to it like I am. As we’ve said many times, the Baltimore Ravens’ future is very bright.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article & remember to follow ATB Ravens everywhere you go!

Cavs Future Series: Collin Sexton

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Player Overview

Collin Sexton is a 22-year-old, 6’1.5”, 183lbs combo guard for the Cavs. He was drafted 8th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft as the pick obtained from the Nets via the Celtics as part of the Kyrie Irving trade. He will become a restricted free agent following the upcoming season. Sexton averaged 24.3 points per game, which ranked 18th in the NBA. He also averaged 4.4 assists per game, which was 44th in the NBA. He averaged 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 turnovers, 1.0 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game. His assist to turnover ratio was 1.57, he had a 57.3% true shooting percentage, and a -9.2 net rating. He ranked 106th in nba.com‘s Player Impact Estimate (PIE) at 11.5. He had a player efficiency rating (PER) of 18.06 which ranks 54th according to espn.com. His PER has increased from 12.10 his rookie year. PIE has defensive metrics in it while PER does not, which is why Sexton, a player who is effective offensively but struggles defensively, is rated higher by PER than by PIE.
cleaningtheglass.com has Sexton’s usage rating increasing from 25.6% his rookie season to 29.6% this past season, with increased points per shot attempt as well, from 1.026 to 1.156, which is 33rd to 71st percentile among combo guards. According to nbcsportsedge.com, Sexton attempted 18.4 field goals per game, 4.4 of which were threes, shooting 47.5% from the field and 37.1% from three. In his career, he is shooting 45.8% from the field and 38.5% from three. Given his decent three-point percentage, a higher field goal percentage would be expected.

Shooting

Cleaningtheglass.com gives Sexton’s shooting breakdowns. Sexton makes 61% of his shots at the rim, which makes up 34% of his shots taken, which are 64th and 83rd percentile respectively. Sexton was assisted on 55% of his shots at the rim, which is just the 25th percentile among combo guards, meaning he is shooting an above-average finisher while creating an above-average amount of those shots himself. Sexton makes 44% of his shots from mid-range, which is 64th percentile, but shot 44% of his shots from there, which is 93rd percentile. Just 31% of those mid-range makes were assisted, which is 46th percentile, Generally, mid-range jumpers aren’t assisted on, and Sexton is no exception, which makes an already inefficient shot even more ineffective. This high percentage of shots taken is a large part of his lower field goal percentage. If he can decrease the frequency of mid-range jumpers, as well as go from above-average to good in terms of shooting efficiency, he can not only greatly increase his field goal percentage, but also his true shooting percentage. He makes 38.5% of his threes on his career, which ranks in the 50th percentile, but he is assisted on 68% of those, which is the 76th percentile. Given him being an average shooter for combo guards with most of his threes being assisted on, his three-point shot is also a key area for him to improve.

Playmaking

The Cavaliers average 90.3 points per 100 possessions in the half-court (16th percentile for combo guards), of which they were in 80.9% of the time (46th percentile) according to cleaningtheglass.com. The half-court offense will be lower for any Cavs player given the lack of surrounding talent, but it should be better than that, but it is representative of Sexton’s struggles with passing and creating for others, which after defense is the most needed area of improvement. In terms of his playmaking, his assist percentage has increased from 15.4% to 21.8%, which is a jump from the 4th percentile to the 64th percentile. This is a massive jump and shows promise going forward. His assist to usage rate has also increased from 0.6 to 0.74 despite a significant increase in usage. His turnover rate has slightly decreased, going from 12.3% to 11.7%, both of which are middle of the road.

Defense

Defensively, Sexton is still not a proficient on-ball defender. He does have the length necessary despite only being 6’1.5”, given his 6’7.25” wingspan and an 8’2.5” standing reach. The +5.75” wingspan helps with getting into passing lanes, and the standing reach is below average but still should be enough to contest shots decently well for a guard. It is definitely on the lower end, but there are guards with even shorter standing reaches that can be proficient defensively.

Sexton’s Role

Sexton is a starting-caliber player with the upside to be more. As it currently stands, his number one weakness is his defense, especially if he is to continue playing next to Garland. Coming out, his defensive upside was thought to be better than what he currently is playing at, and improvement is possible. His playmaking still needs to improve a good amount despite significant improvements already. This need could also be alleviated by putting him next to an elite playmaker. His shooting still needs improvement despite being above average. If he is to be a key player for a team’s offense, shooting threes off the dribble is a necessary component, and he currently mainly shoots catch and shoot. Again, if he is put with an elite playmaker, this would not be an issue given he would play mainly off-ball. His shot selection needs to improve as well. Cutting out the massive amount of mid-range pull-ups would be very beneficial in helping Sexton operate efficiently in the half-court. Sexton does well finishing despite his size. Sexton is solid at catch-and-shoot three-pointers and plays with a lot of effort.

Sexton’s Future

Sexton’s best fit is most likely not with Garland unless both can improve defensively and also as playmakers. Given Sexton’s impending restricted free agency after this next season, the Cavs need to make a decision sooner rather than later. They are in a great position to replace one of them, especially if Evan Mobley goes at 2 to the Rockets. That would leave both Jalen Suggs and Jalen Green on the board. Suggs could fit with either guard and would be best with Sexton given his off-ball ability, while Green does not fit as well with either, but does fit better with Garland. If they were to go in a different direction such as Scottie Barnes or Jonathan Kuminga, or if Evan Mobley were to still be on the board, they could begin to build the team around the backcourt pairing of Garland and Sexton. Barnes would add the playmaking that both guards lack while being a quality defender at multiple positions. Kuminga has perhaps the highest upside in the draft. Mobley can be a high-quality big man for the Cavs. The decision on what to make of Sexton isn’t easy but needs to be made before the draft. He provides a lot of positives, but still has work to do, but if he can improve upon his weaknesses could eventually be an All-Star caliber player. More likely than not, Sexton will be a long-time quality starter in the NBA and is very valuable. However, he is not the type of player who can be the main guy on a championship team, and therefore, if the Cavaliers believe in one of the guards in this draft as that type of player, they should be willing to move on. If the fit between their draftee and Sexton can work, he is worth keeping, and his value would be hard to get back in a trade package that would work well for the Cavaliers. If they draft Jalen Green, who would play shooting guard for the Cavs as well, they can move Sexton to the bench, but at that point trading him would be the best option given they have to pay him soon and he would still get plus-starter money. The decision should be to draft the best player available and deal with the consequences of the fit after the fact. If the Cavs believe that player to be anyone except for Jalen Green, there is no reason to get rid of a good player in Sexton. Sexton’s future with the Cavaliers is dependent on who they draft in the upcoming draft.