Ravens receive bad news about Matt Judon compensatory draft pick

Justin Fried
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Ravens, Matt Judon Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

The Baltimore Ravens are set to have three compensatory selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, one of which is as a direct result of the loss of Matt Judon in free agency.

Judon left Baltimore this past offseason to sign a four-year, $56 million contract with the New England Patriots ending his five-year tenure with the Ravens.

It was a bittersweet moment to lose a player who had developed into a key part of the team’s defense during his time in Baltimore, but at least the team will receive some compensation for his departure.

The projected compensatory pick they’re set to receive is expected to be a fourth-round pick, although that pick was thought to have the potential to be a third-round pick if Judon was named first-team All-Pro.

Unfortunately, despite putting together a career year in New England, Judon missed out on being named All-Pro.

The Ravens likely won’t receive a boost in Matt Judon’s compensatory pick

The Associated Press revealed their votes for the NFL’s All-Pro selections on Friday and while Judon received three votes, it wasn’t enough to earn him All-Pro status.

Oddly enough, Judon was classified as a linebacker and not as an edge rusher which may have affected his chances of earning the honor. Micah Parsons and Darius Leonard were both named first-team All-Pro at the position.

Now, it should be noted that nothing is certain about the compensatory formula. It’s a formula that the NFL refuses to release meaning that everyone is left to simply estimate what projected picks each team will receive.

But by the looks of things, the Ravens needed Judon to be named first-team All-Pro for that fourth-round compensatory pick to bump up to a third-rounder. That did not happen.

The Ravens are still projected to receive a fourth-rounder for Judon as well as a fourth-round pick for losing Yannick Ngakoue and then a third-round compensatory pick due to the Houston Texans hiring of David Culley.

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That’s still plenty of draft capital, but for Ravens fans hoping to see that fourth-rounder bumped up to a third, it doesn’t appear as though that’s going to happen.