When it comes to the draft, few do it better than Baltimore. Take the Ravens’ past five drafts as an example.
The team has drafted 45 players since 2017. Of that total, 28 are still on the team, including a whopping 15 starters.
That includes the team’s 2021 draft class, which hasn’t done much thus far outside of Penn State Edge Odafe Oweh, one of the team’s two first-round picks. And it factors in 2017, when the team drafted three starters while the other four players are no longer on the team.
To put things into perspective, teams hope to draft at least two rookie starters every year. Baltimore, on the other hand, averaged four starters per draft between 2017 to 2020.
Expect more of the same in the 2022 NFL draft.
Baltimore has been hoarding picks ahead of what’s expected to be a historically deep draft due to the fallout from Covid. As of now, the Ravens have 10 picks, tied for third-most in the league behind Jacksonville (12) and the Los Angeles Chargers (11).
However, Baltimore has more “premium” picks than Jacksonville and Los Angeles, with one pick in the first and second rounds, two in the third and five picks in the fourth round.
Combined with an already solid roster, expect Baltimore to take the “best player available” route throughout the draft. That could mean taking an offensive tackle, cornerback or even another pass rusher in the first two rounds, as the top players at those positions tend to go high.
Need more bodies for the interior of the offensive or defensive lines? Looking for safety help or another running back?
That’s where all those picks in Rounds 3 and 4 will come in handy.
Here’s a look at seven players who could fall to Baltimore:
Watching some college film I have (I'm going to be part of a big draft guide this year so I have to start early lol). Penn State LT Rasheed Walker shows a lot of good things on film. Strong grip, good power, knows how to attack leverage. Think he's a tad stiff but I like him pic.twitter.com/jODgyxbOt4
— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) September 20, 2021
What a play by Avery Young. It’s not the Michigan anyone’s used to seeing this year, but Rutgers isn’t backing down. pic.twitter.com/UMnOftOVkU
— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) November 22, 2020
If there is one thing to like about Nick Broeker, it's his finishing ability. He helps his quarterback keep the final drive of the half alive on this play: pic.twitter.com/COKEa48Lnq
— Cody Manning (@CodyTalksNFL) July 18, 2021
.@AggieFootball DT Jayden Peevy (@JAYDENPEEVY) isn’t flashy but he’s a consistent and dependable run-downs player that can play both 1 and 3-techs. There is a cluster of SEC interior DL on @seniorbowl board and we hope Peevy emerges from that group. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE pic.twitter.com/t6CHVVThIp
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) October 3, 2020
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) September 25, 2021
— Pat Pryor (@PryorNFL) September 27, 2021
Most targets without a dropped pass this season🔥
1. Jalen Tolbert, S Alabama – 19
2. Austin Watkins, UAB – 15
3. Myron Mitchell, UAB – 14
4. Justin Garrett, UTEP – 12
5. Damonte Coxie, Memphis – 11 pic.twitter.com/XJkZS4rxFc
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 15, 2020