Round 4, 119th Overall, Ravens: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
The Ravens may not see the linebacker position as a drastic need, but it’s clear they’re still looking at ways to upgrade. What happens if they don’t land Bobby Wagner, however?
The draft could be an ideal route to upgrade the position. A player like Penn State’s Brandon Smith has the athletic ceiling the Ravens look for in their linebackers.
At 6-foot-3, 241 pounds, Smith has good size for the position that he blends with otherworldly athleticism. Some even consider Smith a better overall athlete than his former Penn State teammate, Micah Parsons.
He’s a bit rough around the edges and the learning curve will be steep, but Smith has the potential to become a really, really good player down the line. Drafting Smith and bringing back a player like Josh Bynes would help complete the Ravens’ linebacker room for 2022.
Round 4, 128th Overall, Ravens: Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
One of the sneakier needs the Ravens need to address this offseason is their tight end depth. Mark Andrews proved to be maybe the best tight end in football in 2021, but the depth behind him is lacking.
Nick Boyle’s injury history is a major concern and Josh Oliver was a complete non-factor this past season. Adding a player like Jelani Woods would go a long way toward bolstering that depth.
Woods is an exciting tight end prospect with excellent size at nearly 6-foot-7, 259 pounds. A former high school quarterback, Woods is an exceptional athlete for a man his size with the length and frame to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.
While he’s still a work in progress as a blocker, his size gives him an advantage in that area. Woods is a very intriguing target on Day 3 of the draft.