Ravens find Bradley Bozeman replacement in 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Round 3, 100th Overall, Ravens: Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
I would’ve liked to have addressed edge rusher before this spot, but the value just wasn’t there. That said, Cincinnati’s Myjai Sanders has a chance to step in and become an immediate day-one contributor on defense.
Sanders is an explosive pass rusher with ideal length and bend for the position. He’s flexible, long, and plays with a non-stop motor that allowed the Cincinnati coaching staff to fall in love with him.
He’s seen his draft stock fall a little in recent weeks with his weight fluctuating significantly. Following a battle with an illness, Sanders weighed in at just 228 pounds at the NFL Combine.
Ideally, teams would like to see Sanders play closer to 250 and he’s already back up to 247. Sanders has the upside the Ravens are looking for at edge rusher, especially after missing out on Za’Darius Smith.
Round 4, 110th Overall, Ravens: Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama
The Ravens love their Alabama prospects, and they just so happen to have a sizable hole at a position that this Alabam prospect could help fill.
At 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, Phidarian Mathis is a versatile defensive lineman who lined up all over a deep Alabama defensive front. He’s a technically sound run defender with the athleticism to project even more pass-rush production at the next level.
Mathis’ best fit is probably as a 3-4 defensive end who can push for a starting job as a rookie, and the Ravens might just need him to do that with Calais Campbell’s future still uncertain.
Mathis would help continue (start?) the youth movement that the Ravens need to undergo on their defensive line.