Ravens NFL Draft Picks Recap 2022
Last season marked the first time since 2015 that the Baltimore Ravens put up a losing record, finishing the year at 8-9. The team’s underperformance could be chalked up to bad injury luck, though much needed to be done for this team to compete in the AFC North.
Baltimore made a few key signings early in free agency, with the biggest being a 5-year, $70 million deal struck with star safety Marcus Williams. Baltimore also brought in OT Morgan Moses to fill in the hole left by the retirement of Alejandro Villanueva.
Still, Baltimore needed a successful draft to keep pace with the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals and the retooled Cleveland Browns. With some great selections up and down their draft board, many felt that the Ravens were the biggest winners of the draft.
With lots of help on the way, Baltimore should have a great chance to return to the playoffs in 2022.
Ravens NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 1, Pick 14 (14th Overall): Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
- Round 1, Pick 25 (25th Overall): Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
- Round 2, Pick 13 (45th Overall): David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
- Round 3, Pick 12 (76th Overall): Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut
- Round 4, Pick 5 (110th Overall): Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
- Round 4, Pick 14 (119th Overall): Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB, Alabama
- Round 4, Pick 23 (128th Overall): Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
- Round 4, Pick 25 (130th Overall): Jordan Stout, P, Penn State
- Round 4, Pick 34 (139th Overall): Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
- Round 4, Pick 36 (141st Overall): Damarion Williams, CB, Houston
- Round 6, Pick 18 (196th Overall): Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri
Heading into the draft, the Ravens were set to be the first team with nine selections in the first four rounds since 2016. They ended up with 10 in all after a few draft day deals, including one that sent wide receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals (to the displeasure of Lamar Jackson).
While many viewed that trade as a win for Arizona, there was no doubting that Baltimore made the most of its selections. Kyle Hamilton was viewed as a top-5 selection at points during the pre-draft process and could be the second coming of Ed Reed in that secondary.
The Ravens also addressed their needs on the offensive line, drafting Tyler Linderbaum late in the first round to be the successor to Bradley Bozeman. One of the most interesting selections came in the second round, as Baltimore took a chance on Michigan’s David Ojabo, who would’ve been a Day 1 pick if he hadn’t torn his Achilles during his pro day.
Drafting a punter in the fourth round may have been a stretch, but DT Travis Jones, OT Daniel Faalele, and TE Charlie Kolar could all see significant action during their rookie campaigns. This is a deep and talented draft class that should set the Ravens up well for the years ahead.
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Note: The Ravens NFL Draft predictions below were published before the 2022 NFL Draft.
Pre-Draft Ravens NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022
- Round 1, Pick 14 (14th Overall): George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue
- Round 2, Pick 13 (45th Overall): DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M
- Round 3, Pick 12 (76th Overall): Luke Goedeke, G, Central Michigan
- Round 3, Pick 36 (100th Overall): Zakoby McClain, ILB, Auburn
More Possible Ravens Draft Targets: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa; Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington; Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis
Pre-Draft Ravens Team Needs 2022
1. Offensive Line
Baltimore needs to draft a starting interior offensive lineman and more depth at offensive tackle. The Ravens lost starting center Bradley Bozeman in free agency and fill-in tackle Villanueva via retirement.
Villanueva was crucial as a backup offensive tackle, as star left tackle Ronnie Stanley has missed the majority of the past two seasons. With a quarterback as mobile as Lamar Jackson, Baltimore needs to do everything it can to give him time to make plays.
The need for cornerback depth in Baltimore was put on display last season when Joe Burrow threw for 525 yards against the Ravens in a single game.
Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey should return as solid starters, but both sustained injuries last season that required major surgeries. Jimmy Smith has been a staple of the Ravens defense for a decade now, but will turn 34 before the 2022 season begins.
Should all three of the top corners in Baltimore stay healthy, the team should have the luxury of drafting corners that they can be patient with and develop. Multiple rookie corners would be ideal for their current situation.
3. Defensive Line
The Ravens need an effective pass rush if they want to keep Burrow and Deshaun Watson in check. They almost addressed this with the signing of Za’Darius Smith, but their deal fell through, leading to Smith signing with the Vikings.
Ravens May Also Consider Drafting: Wide Receiver, Linebacker, Nose Tackle