The State of the Ravens:
The Ravens were the #1 seed in the AFC until an injury to Lamar Jackson derailed the season, on top of the horrendous injury luck that occurred in the preseason. The team comes into the 2022 draft with their area of needs being pass defense and offensive line.
Finishing in the bottom 10 in EPA per play while in both man and zone coverage, as well as being 28th in Nickel personnel, the Ravens need to stop the pass via the rush and in coverage. Picking higher than expected (14th), the Ravens will have a lot of options.
Lloyd has the speed, aggressive mindset, pass rushing ability, and defensive playmaking ability teams crave in a Will linebacker, and if he continues to hone his craft within the box, he has a very high ceiling.
Excellent in coverage and can run sideline-to-sideline to make tackles. A perfect fit for the Ravens.
With his pass rush ability, strength, and power, Johnson should make an instant impact at the next level, though he needs to become more consistent across all areas of the game to hit his full potential.
Joining a rush of Odafe Oweh and Tyus Bowser, Johnson brings depth and immediate impact.
McDuffie is a fluid athlete who has the speed, quickness, and transition ability to be a solid shutdown corner at the next level, though his size for the outside and limited on-ball production could be what holds him back.
The Ravens still have Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, but injuries proved a lack of depth. McDuffie’s traits make him a future starter and immediate 3rd corner.
Brisker is a polished, ready-made, versatile DB with a well-rounded set of physical, mental, and emotional tools that add up to a high-floor safety in the NFL.
A do-it-all, experienced, immediate starter that can be on the field for all 3 downs.
McCreary projects best as a 3rd corner with good height, speed, and athleticism to play in the slot or out wide, and despite his short arms, he is at his best in press coverage.
Versatility to play in the slot and in press makes him a perfect 3rd corner as he develops to eventually be a starter.
Petit-Frere’s lateral mobility, innate athleticism, hand use, and pedigree are strong traits to bank on at the next level, but he’ll need to improve in pass protection and overall consistency to see time as a starter.
A bit of a bet-on-the-tools pick, Petit-Frere can play both tackle positions well.
Strange has the reactive athleticism to mirror defenders, consistent leg drive to move them, and the nastiness to finish through the whistle, but he’ll need to improve his balance, footwork, and awareness to maximize his potential.
Strange’s experience being a 6-year player is something no other guards possess in this class.
Enagbare has the hand usage, pass-rush technique, and motor to be an effective pass rusher early on, but must get stronger in his lower half and get a little more athletic to be an impact player against the run.
Enagbare’s pass rush comes at a discount due to his lacking run game, which the Ravens can capitalize on to fill their need to stop the pass.
While Tindall never started a game at Georgia, he has the athleticism, man coverage skills, and tackling prowess to be a starter in the NFL and he just needs to improve his power and intelligence to hit his ceiling.
Well-rounded linebacker with coverage skills, another perfect fit!
Sanders has a relentless mindset with the length, repertoire, and hand use to be an effective three-down player, but he’ll need to keep his pad level down and focus on mixing up his pass rush moves in order to hit his ceiling.
A highly effective rotational rusher upon his arrival to the league, an area Baltimore needs.
Bryant doesn’t have elite speed and needs to become a better tackler, but is an intelligent and athletic corner who has the field awareness and ball skills to be a long-time starter at the next level.
For similar reasons as I’ve mentioned before, an immediate depth corner that can eventually be a dependable starter.
Munford is a long, experienced and versatile lineman with good pass protection skills that project better as a reserve guard with his limited flexibility and struggles with finesse.
Experience against top competition makes him a valuable 3rd guard/spot starter.
To learn more about the Ravens and their needs, visit their team page on our NFL Draft website here.