Ravens fix their defense, add top OL prospect in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft
By Justin Fried
The Baltimore Ravens 2021 season came to an end in disappointing fashion as the team lost their final six games to fall to 8-9 and out of the playoffs. But that’s all in the past now.
The Ravens are shifting their focus to the offseason where the team will have a number of important decisions to make. Of course, the most fun part of the offseason is always the NFL Draft.
With a projected 10 picks, the Ravens should have plenty of draft capital to fill the holes on the roster. We attempted to do just that with the help of Pro Football Network’s mock simulator.
How did we do? Let’s take a look at our results.
Round 1, 14th Overall, Ravens: Ikem Ekwonu, OL, NC State
Perhaps the most important position the Ravens need to address this offseason is the offensive line. Fortunately, we had one of the best prospects in this class fall to us at No. 14 overall.
NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu has been receiving legitimate top-10 buzz which is why it was a little surprising to see him still on the board here. Nonetheless, this was the obvious pick.
Ekwonu has experience playing both guard and tackle and that versatility should go a long way in the NFL. He could realistically step in as the Ravens’ Week 1 starting right tackle or, if they’re not comfortable with him there, they could slide him to left guard.
At 6-foot-4, 320 pounds, Ekwonu is one the toughest linemen in this class and someone who should be a day-one starter in any offensive scheme. This is a heck of a pick at this spot.