Ravens land superstar EDGE in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Round 3, 99th Overall, Ravens: Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
We finally address the offensive line here in the third round adding intriguing Penn State offensive tackle Rasheed Walker. Again, we would have liked to have addressed it earlier, but it’s hard to argue with the three defensive studs taken already.
Walker enters the NFL with plenty of experience having started for Penn State at left tackle in each of the last three seasons. At 6-foot-6, 312 pounds, Walker offers a very appealing blend of length and athleticism.
He’s technically refined in pass protection, and while he’s not exactly a people-mover as a run blocker, Walker has good leverage for a man his size.
While he may not be able to immediately start at left tackle (not that he’d be asked to anyway with Ronnie Stanley hopefully returning), he could compete for reps at right tackle and give the Ravens more insurance at offensive tackle.
Round 4, 108th Overall, Ravens: John Ridgeway, DT, Arkansas
The Ravens are likely going to be looking for their Brandon Williams replacement this offseason with both Williams and Justin Ellis set to hit free agency. They need to get younger, and John Ridgeway offers them that opportunity.
At nearly 6-foot-5, 327 pounds, Ridgeway transferred to Arkansas in 2021 after playing four years at Illinois State. And in his lone year at Arkansas, Ridgeway made a strong impression against some of the best offensive linemen in the country.
He’s a plus run-defender who would regularly take on double teams and clog up running lanes. That’s likely where he will be most effective at the NFL level.
Ridgeway is someone who I could see playing an important role early in his career as a two-down run stuffer. That’s exactly what the Ravens need.