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Baltimore Ravens 2022 NFL Draft Projections, Positions Needed & Mock Draft

Baltimore Ravens 2022 Draft

Injuries throughout the roster led to the Baltimore Ravens‘ 2021 season being a disappointment, to say the least. Baltimore lost its final six games, subletting last place in the AFC North. Despite that, the Ravens still could have made the playoffs had they beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers in their season’s last game.

Baltimore, which saw a three-season streak of consecutive playoff appearances snapped, needs to find a way to keep quarterback Lamar Jackson healthy. Jackson only played in a dozen games last season. When he did play, he regressed from previous seasons, passing for 2,882 yards with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. What will help Baltimore most is finding Jackson some support.

Baltimore Ravens 2022 NFL Draft Projections, Positions Needed & Mock Draft
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Jackson was also Baltimore’s leading rusher last season, carrying the ball 133 times for 767 yards. The Ravens had a bevy of veteran running backs behind him, but never quite found the recipe. Baltimore suffered when it lost both J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards to season-ending injuries.

Baltimore has some room in which to maneuver, as in about $19 million in cap space. That figure, coupled with fewer trips to the infirmary and a bit of roster tinkering could get the Ravens back to the playoffs.

Players Leaving the Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore center Bradley Bozeman and the team are reportedly far apart in contract talks during the offseason. While there is a willingness for both teams to get a deal done, Bozeman still may leave if he can’t get his number.

Tackle Alejandro Villanueva decided to retire this week after a seven-year career.

Defensive back Tavon Young has a high ($6 million) cap hit, but the Ravens may let him go unless they can work out a restructured deal. Young started seven of 17 games last season, intercepting a pass and defending three others (four tackles for a loss and two sacks).

Linebacker Jaylon Ferguson is also likely to be headed to another team. The Ravens have depth at the position and Ferguson saw his role fall off significantly last season. Ferguson only recorded six tackles, appearing in 10 games

Positions Needed by the Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore desperately needs to protect Jackson. The Ravens’ quarterback has a lot of mobility and spends much time out of the pocket as it is. Baltimore doesn’t need the line to be the reason Jackson takes unnecessary big shots. The Ravens could use help, especially at tackle where Baltimore struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness.

Building more depth at defensive tackle is also vital. The Ravens’ had Justin Madubuike and Calais Campbell on the inside of their defensive line last season and they recorded two and 1½ sacks, respectively, last season. Finding some other players to create havoc will be important for the defense.

The Ravens could also use help at cornerback. Baltimore only intercepted nine passes last season, five of which were by cornerbacks. Anthony Averett (team-leading three interceptions) was the only corner who grabbed more than one.

Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft

Baltimore has 10 draft picks in 2022. With the Ravens’ first pick, No. 14 overall, Baltimore will pursue Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker. Walker, at 6-foot-5, and 275 pounds, is turning pro after a strong junior season with the national-champion Bulldogs.

Walker finished with six sacks last season among his 37 tackles, 19 of which were solo. Walker also recovered a fumble and defended two passes. In the second round, Baltimore can add some secondary depth by drafting safety Jaquan Brisker from Penn State. Brisker defended five passes and had a pair of picks during his senior season with the Nittany Lions. Brisker also made 63 tackles, including 38 solos.

In the third round, Baltimore can look at a linebacker, perhaps Chad Muma of Wyoming. Muma intercepted three passes and scored two touchdowns. Muma also had 142 tackles, including 85 solos. As a senior, Muma nearly doubled his output from the year before.

Also in the third round, Baltimore could take another Penn Stater in tackle Rasheed Walker. He is 6-foot-6 and 312 pounds, pass blocks well, and is agile. He could still use some seasoning with run blocking, though but would get plenty of experience with Harbaugh’s offense. Check Ravens’ NFL Draft odds and NFL Odds.

2022 NFL Draft Event Information

  • Date: Thursday, April 28t(Round 1) | Friday, April 29 (Rounds 2-3) | Saturday, April 30 (Rounds 4-7)
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET (Thursday) | 7 p.m. ET (Friday) | Noon ET (Saturday)
  • Location: Allegiant Stadium, Paradise, NV
  • TV Channel: ABC | ESPN | NFL Network
  • NFL Draft Live Streaming: NFL Game Pass

2022 NFL First-Round Draft Order (with 2021 records)

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Detroit Lions
  3. Houston Texans
  4. NY Jets
  5. NY Giants
  6. Carolina Panthers
  7. NY Giants (via Bears)
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Seattle Seahawks (via Broncos)
  10. NY Jets (via Seahawks)
  11. Washington Commanders
  12. Minnesota Vikings
  13. Houston Texans (via Browns)
  14. Baltimore Ravens
  15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins)
  16. Philadelphia Eagles (via Colts)
  17. LA Chargers
  18. New Orleans Saints
  19. Philadelphia Eagles
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers
  21. New England Patriots
  22. Green Bay Packers (via Raiders)
  23. Arizona Cardinals
  24. Dallas Cowboys
  25. Buffalo Bills
  26. Tennessee Titans
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  28. Green Bay Packers
  29. Kansas City Chiefs (via 49ers)
  30. Kansas City Chiefs
  31. Cincinnati Bengals
  32. Detroit Lions (via Rams)

Teams with no First Round Pick

  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Denver Broncos
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Miami Dolphins

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