Ravens fix their defense, add top OL prospect in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft

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Round 2, 45th Overall, Ravens: Christian Harris, LB, Alabama

This was the pick here in our last mock draft, and it still makes a ton of sense. The Ravens should be eyeing another linebacker this offseason, even after seeing some promising development from Patrick Queen in 2021.

Alabama’s Christian Harris has the potential to be a true three-down linebacker at the next level and someone who could start for a long time alongside Queen.

Harris is one of the best athletes in this class with the sideline-to-sideline range to cover tight ends and running backs. He’s also a physical presence in the run game and more than holds his own shedding blocks.

Harris might get overshadowed by the likes of Nakobe Dean and Devin Lloyd, but he has the raw skill set to become an All-Pro by his year season.

Round 3, 76th Overall, Ravens: Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama

What’s better than one Alabama front-seven prospect? How about two Alabama front-seven prospects. Phidarian Mathis is a bruising, experienced defensive line prospect who can help the Ravens get younger up front.

At 6-foot-4, 317 pounds, Mathis has the size of a prototypical 3-4 defensive end and could help replace Calais Campbell if he retires or Derek Wolfe if the Ravens decide to cut ties.

He’s a bit more polished than Justin Madubuike was coming out of Texas A&M and comes built with a ready-made run-stopping skill set as well as the athletic traits to make an impact as a pass rusher.

Mathis is one of those mid-round interior defensive line prospects who should be able to come in and start early which is something the Ravens desperately need with a rebuilding defensive line.