With the 2022 NFL Draft concluding a couple days ago it’s now time to discuss what the Ravens did right and what they did wrong. With that being said, lets breakdown and analyze the Ravens 2022 draft class.
Round 1, Pick 14, Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame
This pick was one of the best in the entire NFL Draft. Hamilton was projected to be a top 3-5 overall pick, but his stock dropped following a slower than expected 40-yard dash time. Last season Hamilton’s stats were 34 tackles, 4 pass deflections and 3 interceptions. Through his collegiate career, he had 140 tackles and 8 interceptions. Overall, this was an amazing pick for the Ravens. His versatility and athleticism make him a great player to add to an already very talented Ravens secondary.
Round 1, Pick 25, Tyler Linderbaum, Center, Iowa
"I'm speechless."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 29, 2022
Inside the call to Tyler Linderbaum 📞
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Linderbaum was a player that a lot of people had the Ravens picking at 14. Linderbaum was seen by many as the best center in the draft and that very well could be true. Some accolades that support that would be, Linderbaum won the Dave Rimington trophy in 2021 for the best center and that same year also got First team AP All-America with only one sack allowed. With former Ravens center Bradley Bozeman leaving this offseason, center was a need for the Ravens. I believe the Ravens filled that need with drafting Tyler Linderbaum.
Round 2, Pick 45, David Ojabo, LB, Michigan
Obviously there are a lot of uncertainties around this pick but I do truly believe this was a good pick and I’ll explain why. Firstly, let’s start with Ojabo’s accolades. In 2021, Ojabo got All-Big Ten first team and that same year also had the most forced fumbles with five and the second most sacks in the Big-Ten with 11. At Michigan’s pro day, Ojabo suffered a torn achilles which dropped his draft stock. There’s no exact date as to when Ojabo will be back but it’s looking like sometime in between August and October from what I’ve seen.
Round 3, Pick 76, Travis Jones, DT, UCONN
Defensive tackle has been a need for the Ravens and the Ravens really gotta get guys that can start at that position long-term. Travis Jones is a guy that is strong at stopping the run. He has shown his pass rush abilities are good enough to pressure the quarterback. Jones was named as the top DT on the National team in the senior bowl and he’s played 33 games over three seasons.
Round 4, Pick 110, Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
With the uncertainty of OT Ronnie Stanley, a lot of people had the Ravens picking an OT in the first round. Faalele was on the All-Big Ten second team in 2021 and in that same year also allowed only one sack in 280 pass blocking snaps. Faalele is also 6-9, 380 lbs and one of the largest prospects in the entire NFL Draft class.
Round 4, Pick 114, Jalyn Armour-Davis, DB, Alabama
After losing DB’s Anthony Averett and Chris Westry in free agency as well as releasing Tavon Young, the Ravens badly needed depth in their secondary. Keep in mind, DB Marcus Peters also is coming off of an injury that ended his season before it really even started so the Ravens needed to get some guys that will be able to come in and play. In 2021, Armour-Davis was named to the All-SEC second team and tied for the team lead of three interceptions.
Jalyn Armour-Davis allowed just 290 yards on 44 targets (27 catches) last season at Alabama, per PFF. First season as a starter. pic.twitter.com/oFKen9NEr9— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) April 30, 2022
Round 4, Pick 128, Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
The TE position has always been a position the Ravens have valued highly. Phenomenal QB-TE connections have long existed in Baltimore (Joe Flacco to Dennis Pitta, Lamar Jackson to Mark Andrews). Kolar seems like a good rotational player who can play TE3 and do all the little things to take the load off of Mark Andrews. In 2021, Kolar was named to the All-Big 12 first team and led the conference in receptions (62), receiving yards (736) and receiving TD’s (6).
New Ravens TE Charlie Kolar grew up in Norman, OK, which means he became a Mark Andrews fan.— Jonas Shaffer (@jonas_shaffer) April 30, 2022
“I’m definitely going to annoy him with how many questions I have.”
Andrews has been a great resource for young TEs, teaching nuances like releases at the LOS.pic.twitter.com/QejY7h8ZiD
Round 4, Pick 130, Jordan Stout, P, Penn State
This pick was the most questionable pick of the draft, pretty much nobody expected it. Could this pick indicate that current Ravens punter Sam Koch is possibly retiring? Koch is 40 years old and was on the team when the Ravens won their most recent Super Bowl. Koch’s versatility has always been something that’s made him one of the better punters in the NFL. In 2021 Stout was named to the First-team All-Big Ten and led the FBS with a 4.34-second hang-time average in that same year.
Now I see why the Ravens reached for Jordan Stout these mfs love their fake punts 😭 pic.twitter.com/8mqkHKOWEy— Ramey (@HoodieRamey) April 30, 2022
Round 4, Pick 139, Isaiah Likely, TE, Coastal Carolina
For a lot of people, a second TE selection left a lot of people puzzled. Isaiah Likely is 6-4, 240 lbs and named to the All-Sun Belt first team. In that same year, Likely. had the second most receiving TD’s of FBS TE’s with 12.
The Baltimore Ravens pick Coastal Carolina TE Isaiah Likely at No. 139 overall.— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 30, 2022
95.1 career PFF grade (highest by any TE in PFF history) ✅ pic.twitter.com/iAm93q4Uk8
Round 4, Pick 141, Damarion Williams, CB, Houston
Similar to the Jalyn Armour-Davis pick, I see this pick as depth for our DB position. Williams has been a two-time team captain and has had 20 pass breakups with three interceptions in three seasons. Damarion Williams is a guy the Ravens can really use, and I expect him to help the roster’s depth to a DB position.
.@UHCougarFB CB Damarion Williams (@FTK2662) on when the @Ravens took him in the 4th round: "It felt great. My adrenaline was running. My body starting getting hot.The head coach (John Harbaugh) asked me do I want to be a Baltimore Raven? It made me feel amazing..That was crazy" pic.twitter.com/cJEGjLcVC0— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 30, 2022
Round 6, Pick 196, Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri
This was the Ravens last pick of the draft and if you ask me, it was a great one. The Ravens RB position was the hardest hit position by injuries last season and Badie will be a good player. I see Badie being the starting RB for the Ravens. In 2021, Badie was named to the AP second team All-America and also was ranked 4th in FBS with 1,604 rushing yards.
Tyler Badie | @Only1Badie | @Ravens— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) April 30, 2022
⭐️ first #Mizzou student-athlete to earn @SEC Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year
⭐️ School record, single-season rushing yards (1,604)
⭐️ First-team All-SEC (AP and coaches')#MIZ 🐯🏈 pic.twitter.com/mQYROmXMHx