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Baltimore Ravens 2022 NFL Draft Grades

With the 2022 NFL Draft in the books, let’s take a look at a wild weekend. The first round featured many surprises and trades that are sure to shake up the league as we approach the 2022 season. The Tennessee Titans shocked the league and traded star wide receiver AJ Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles for the eighteenth pick in the first round. The Titans proceeded to take wide receiver Treylon Burks as his immediate replacement. Philadelphia not only traded for Brown, but they handed him a four-year extension worth $100 million dollars with $57 million dollars guaranteed.

The Baltimore Ravens entered Thursday night with the fourteenth pick in the first round. The board was falling in favor of Baltimore to draft top talent at fourteen. Teams in the top ten were focusing on premiere defensive players. A few teams drafted their future offensive tackles. Four wide receivers were drafted between picks eight and twelve.

As many Ravens fans had hoped, defensive tackle Jordan Davis was still on the board. The big man from the national champion Georgia Bulldogs was destined to be the next great Baltimore defensive lineman. Then, the Philadelphia Eagles leaped Baltimore. Philadelphia acquired the thirteenth pick and selected the monster defensive lineman. Baltimore then had a choice to make. Go the best player available route or trade down. They ended up staying at fourteen, thankfully.

Round 1 Pick 14 Overall- Notre Dame Safety Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton was consistently graded out as a top-five overall player entering the 2022 NFL Draft. Most fans, including myself, expected Hamilton to be off the board. The rangy safety standing six foot four and 220 pounds fell into the lap of general manager Eric DeCosta. On film, Hamilton moves like a gazelle. His NFL Combine 40-yard dash was “slow” but you cannot deny his game film. He can fly all over the field as a deep zone safety and be just as effective in the box and at the line of scrimmage.

Hamilton has the ideal size to cover tight ends. He possesses the athletic ability to play in the slot and cover bigger wide receivers without missing a step. New defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald has the athletically gifted Kyle Hamilton at his disposal as a “position-less player” We will see Hamilton lined up at strong safety, slot corner, and dime package linebacker. Macdonald ran a lot of three safety sets while calling plays for the Michigan Wolverines last season.

Baltimore will have newly signed free safety Marcus Williams, defensive signal-caller Chuck Clark, and Kyle on the field at once. Hamilton’s presence in the secondary will also allow Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey the freedom to play to their skill sets and utilize their instincts. Grade: A

Round 1 Pick 25 Overall- Iowa Center Tyler Linderbaum

When the NFL Draft kicked off on Thursday night, the twenty-third pick was owned by the Arizona Cardinals. By all accounts, Arizona intended on picking in that spot as the draft went on. Shortly after the AJ Brown-Philadelphia trade was announced, news broke that Arizona and Baltimore had agreed to a trade for the twenty-third pick of the first round. Baltimore eventually traded back to pick twenty-five.

The return? Former first-round wide receiver Marquis “Hollywood” Brown and the 100th overall pick in the third round. This trade stunned the Baltimore and Arizona fan bases. After three years and coming off his first 1,000-yard season, Lamar Jackson’s favorite wide receiver was jettisoned to Arizona to reunite with his college quarterback Kyler Murray.

The Baltimore Ravens addressed a major need. Iowa Hawkeyes center Tyler Linderbaum was regarded as the best pure center in the draft and of the last decade overall. The Ravens needed a replacement for Bradley Bozeman. Bozeman signed in Carolina last month. The need for a new center was pressing.

While Patrick Mekari played admirably at right tackle this past year, his time at center in recent years has been subpar. Linderbaum will be a day one starter and the anchor in charge of protecting franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson. While it isn’t a “sexy” pick, the former Hawkeye will be the man in the middle for Baltimore for the next decade. The organization has a great track record when it comes to drafting Iowa offensive lineman- future Hall of Fame right guard Marshal Yanda to be precise. Grade: B+

Round 2 Pick 45 Overall- Michigan Edge David Ojabo

Leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, experts predicted that David Ojabo would potentially be the first EDGE off the board. Ojabo had a fantastic season at Michigan last year. The former Wolverine logged eleven sacks, twelve tackles for a loss, and five forced fumbles while playing opposite the second overall pick Aidan Hutchinson.

On March 18th, Ojabo tore his Achilles during the Michigan Pro Day. The freak incident cost him millions as he fell out of the first round altogether. No one knows if he will return to his pre-injury form. Baltimore decided to gamble on Ojabo’s potential and selected him in the second round Friday night. If Ojabo can return to his prior form, he will cause havoc opposite 2021 first-round pick Odafe Oweh as a premier edge tandem. Oweh and Ojabo are former high school teammates at Blair Academy in New Jersey. Ojabo will also get the opportunity to reunite with his college defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald. The risk is definitely high, but the reward is far greater. Grade: A-

Round 3 Pick 76 Overall- UConn DT Travis Jones

Travis Jones being available at this point in the draft was a godsend. After missing on Jordan Davis Thursday night, the Baltimore Ravens still needed a defensive tackle. Jones was widely regarded amongst league executives as a top 40 pick. Baltimore has had one of the older defensive lines assembled league-wide. Calais Campbell is 36 this season, Brandon Williams was 33 years old, and Derek Wolfe was 31 this past season. Wolfe missed the entire year due to a back injury. Williams has slowed down the last few years due to injuries. Campbell played far more snaps than he should have this year.

With the presence of third-year defensive tackle Justin Madubuike and nose tackle Michael Pierce returning, Travis Jones adds size and youth to the front four. Jones will most likely spare Calais from taking as many reps and will add a much-needed pass rusher on the inside. Standing at six foot four and 330 pounds, Jones beefs up the middle of the defense in a division featuring running backs Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Joe Mixon, and Najee Harris. Grade: B+

Round 4 Pick 110 Overall- Minnesota OT Daniel Faalele

Eric DeCosta kicked off the team’s third day with a massive human being. Australian-born offensive tackle Daniel Faalele out of the University of Minnesota. Faalele was a steal at this point in the draft. His draft grade ranged from the late first-round to late third-round depending where you looked. The Ravens snagged their future right tackle at the 110th overall.

The six-foot-eight 385-pound tackle joins an offensive line that is already one of the best in the league when healthy. Faalele has the benefit of coming in and getting accustomed to the NFL while learning from a fantastic veteran group headlined by All-Pro Ronnie Stanley and Kevin Zeitler. Faalele has no pressure to start immediately with newly signed Morgan Moses entrenched at right tackle. Grade: B-

Round 4 Pick 119 Overall- Alabama CB Jalyn Armour-Davis

It wouldn’t be a typical Baltimore Ravens draft if an Alabama player isn’t picked by the organization. Jalyn presents an immediate replacement to former Crimson Tide cornerback Anthony Averett. Averett is currently in Las Vegas with the Raiders after four years in Baltimore. Armour-Davis has injury concerns but won’t be thrust into the starting lineup unless Marlon Humphrey or Marcus Peters aren’t ready to play. He excels in press coverage. Jalyn allowed one pass play over 25 yards in 2021. Grade: C+

Round 4 Pick 128 Overall- Iowa State TE Charlie Kolar

The Baltimore Ravens have been searching for a complimentary tight end to Mark Andrews for two seasons. After the 2020 trade of 2018 first-round pick Hayden Hurst, Baltimore has not had a viable second tight end target for Lamar Jackson. Kolar is a big-bodied target for Jackson- 6-foot-6 255 pounds that can get open in zone coverages. Kolar had 23 career touchdown catches at Iowa State. Grade: B-

Round 4 Pick 130 Overall- Penn State P Jordan Stout

Jordan Stout graded out as the top punter in the 2022 draft class. While possessing a booming leg and great hangtime on punts, Stout could potentially alleviate All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker of kickoff duties. Initially, I was scratching my head at this pick. Punter was not in the forefront of my mind as a need for the team. Sam Koch is beloved in Baltimore. He’s one-third of the Super Bowl 47 “Wolf Pack” alongside departed long-snapper Morgan Cox and kicker Justin Tucker. Koch has been a Raven for sixteen years. This pick signals the end of the longest-tenured Baltimore Raven. Hopefully, Stout proves worthy of his lofty draft status. Grade: D

Round 4 Pick 139 Overall- Coastal Carolina TE Isaiah Likely

Baltimore doubled down on the tight end position on day three in the form of Coastal Carolina tight end Isaiah Likely. After selecting Charlie Kolar eleven picks earlier, Likely adds further depth to an otherwise thin position after All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews. While this isn’t the 2018 draft all over again, this pick initially raised my eyebrows. Likely is essentially an oversized wide receiver. He is on the smaller side for the position. Height-wise, he is 6-foot-6 but is only 245 pounds. Likely has the speed and athleticism to make plays in space and pick up yards after the catch. He amassed 918 yards and twelve touchdowns in 2021 while earning Second Team All American honors. Grade: C

Round 4 Pick 141 Overall- Houston CB Damarion Williams

Damarion Williams is a solid value pick at the end of round four. The Ravens doubled down at cornerback to add depth to, arguably, the thinnest position on the team. Tavon Young was released, Anthony Averett signed in Las Vegas, and Chris Westry signed in Carolina. These events left the Baltimore Ravens with one healthy cornerback in the form of Brandon Stephens, who moved to free safety mid-season. All-Pro tandem Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters are recovering from season-ending injuries. Williams is a talented press corner and isn’t afraid to assist in the run game. Grade: C-

Round 6 Pick 196 Overall- Missouri RB Tyler Badie

Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta rounded out arguably his best draft on paper with a local kid out of Randallstown, Maryland. Tyler Badie moved to Baltimore County with his family after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Badie is a great value pick and will add depth to the banged-up running back group as well as special teams. Badie had amassed nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns in 2021 as a Missouri Tiger. He has the “Play Like A Raven” mentality and is explosive with the ball in his hands. Grade: C+

Overall Grade

Baltimore managed to fill needs and land arguably four studs in the first three rounds of the draft. Kyle Hamilton and Tyler Linderbaum are centerpieces of the next phase of Baltimore’s football dominance. Charlie Kolar and Tyler Badie could be the steals of the third day. This was Eric DeCosta’s best offseason yet as the general manager. Overall Grade: A

Undrafted Free Agents

As of this writing, Baltimore has added thirteen undrafted free agents to the roster for mini camp purposes. Baltimore is notorious for finding undrafted gems. The UDFAs:

  1. UTSA LB Charles Wiley

  2. Oregon QB Anthony Brown

  3. Florida ILB Jeremiah Moon

  4. SDSU OT Aaron Johnson

  5. Oregon WR Devon Williams

  6. Auburn LB Zakoby McClain

  7. NC State RB Ricky Person Jr.

  8. NC State WR Emeka Emezie

  9. Navy LB Diego Fagot

  10. Villanova DB Denzel Williams

  11. California DB Trevon Clark

  12. Michigan LB Josh Ross

  13. Canadian QB Tre Ford

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