Here’s what the Ravens did in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft:
• Drafted Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton with the 14th overall pick.
• Traded receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals along with the 100th overall pick for the 23rd overall pick.
• Traded the 23rd pick to the Buffalo Bills for the 25th pick plus the 130th pick.
• Drafted Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum with the 25th overall pick.
What KZ says:
Kyle Hamilton was the top player in the draft for me, so to get him at No. 14 is a steal. Best player available will always be the Ravens’ first-round mantra. New defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald can now figure out the chess pieces in the secondary. Tyler Linderbaum was the best center in the draft, and some pundits have called him the best center prospect in the last five years. He is a solid player at a position of need.
The Ravens still have a ton of work to do at EDGE and cornerback for sure in the next two days, but drafting the best players on the draft at their particular position is NEVER a bad thing. I just hope they do not regret passing on Jermaine Johnson II twice.
As for trading Marquise Brown, you can watch my reaction here, but it’s solid work for a team that did not want to play in the crazy wide receiver contract market. Now the Ravens can add a wide receiver in the next couple days and have at least four years with that player. Brown will be missed, but they obviously have trust in Rashaad Bateman and others at the castle.
What they’re saying about the Ravens’ first-round picks:
Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Hamilton — S, Notre Dame
Kyle Hamilton is the best athlete in the 2022 NFL Draft class, full stop. He may not have had the best testing numbers at the NFL Combine back in March, but his football instincts, playmaking ability and versatility is unmatched. The Ravens will be able to ask Hamilton to do whatever they need on defense: play two-high looks next to Marcus Williams, drop into the box and help stop the run or even walk up to the line of scrimmage and help pressure the quarterback. He can seriously do it all and Baltimore’s defense is going to be extremely well-equipped to stop other offenses in the AFC North.
Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Linderbaum — IOL, Iowa
Baltimore has hit a home run so far in this draft by absolutely nailing their two first-round picks. Eleven picks after taking the best athlete in the 2022 NFL Draft class, the Ravens get a phenomenal athlete on the opposite side of the ball. Baltimore needed a center after Bradley Bozeman departed in free agency and they got the best one in the class to replace him in their offensive front.
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Analysis: The Ravens have to be thrilled with Hamilton falling to them. Forget his 40-yard dash time, which drew a lot of poor reviews this spring. Hamilton showed great instincts and intelligence in the Notre Dame secondary. His height and length make him a solid tackler in the open field and his range is excellent. I believe he will be a long-time playmaker in Baltimore.
Trading Marquise Brown to the Cardinals made a lot of sense to me. Gaining the 23rd overall pick in that deal, the Ravens then traded back with the Bills to get another fourth-round pick and the opportunity to select a new center in Linderbaum. I projected the team would trade down in the first round and pick Linderbaum months ago. He’s not a big center, so he’ll need to make sure he anchors well against NFL nose tackles. But Linderbaum’s strong hands, quick feet and intelligence make him an excellent pick. The team has to hope he’s a similar find to former All-Pro offensive lineman Marshal Yanda, who also played at Iowa and was a Ravens third-round round pick in 2007.
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics, Courtesy of Iowa Athletics