I am looking at possible scenarios for the Ravens in Round 1 and how a selection would change the look of the second and third rounds. This exercise assumes the Ravens make no trades in the first round and make the 14th overall pick. The top needs for the Ravens are edge rusher, cornerback, interior defensive line and offensive line.
The Ravens select a defensive back with the 14th pick. The Ravens did not bring back Tavon Young, Anthony Averett or DeShon Elliott, and Jimmy Smith is still a free agent. The Ravens addressed the safety position by signing Marcus Williams.
Who could it be?
• Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
• Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson
• Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
• Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
So, who would the second-round targets be?
The Ravens could target an offensive lineman, EDGE or interior defensive lineman in Round 2. Here are some options for each position of need in the second round.
Interior Defensive Line:
• Travis Jones, Connecticut
• Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma
• DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
• Logan Hall, Houston
• Sean Rhyan, RT/OG, UCLA
• Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
• Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
• Dylan Parham, OG, Memphis
• Cameron Thomas, San Diego State
• Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
• David Ojabo, Michigan
Offensive tackle gets thin fast in this draft. Yes, there are players who could develop, but the middle of Round 2 is where surefire starters stop in 2022. Cornerback depth is strong in this year’s draft, so if the Ravens decide to go this route, they could double up at the cornerback position. The defensive line has solid prospects through Round 5, just not a ton of Day 3 talent. EDGE is one of the deepest positions in 2022.
In the third round, the Ravens’ options are:
Interior Defensive Line:
• John Ridgeway, Arkansas
• Zachary Carter, Florida
• Phidarian Mathis, Alabama
• Cam Taylor-Britt, Nebraska
• Alontae Taylor, Tennessee
• Coby Bryant, Cincinnati
• Drake Jackson, USC
• Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
• Sam Williams, Mississippi
• Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State
• Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
• Cole Strange, OG/C, Chattanooga
• Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
What if the draft went like this?
14th pick: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
45th pick: Cameron Thomas, Edge, San Diego State
76th pick: Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama
100th pick: Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
In addition, the Ravens would still have six Day 3 picks left to address the other needs. Would this be a solid start to the draft? As a Ravens fan, are you satisfied going into Day 3?
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