Round 2, 45th Overall, Ravens: Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
After missing out on the top options in free agency, the Ravens enter the 2022 NFL Draft with a pretty sizable hole at edge rusher. Tyus Bowser is recovering from a torn Achilles and Justin Houston is a free agent leaving second-year pro Odafe Oweh to hold down the position.
That’s why adding a player like Minnesota’s Boye Mafe on Day 2 of the draft makes plenty of sense. Mafe is a high-upside pass rusher prospect with the pathetic traits to develop into a perennial 10-sack guy down the line.
At 6-foot-3, 261 pounds, Mafe is a twitched-up athlete with impressive explosiveness and bend, but he’s far from a finished product at this stage.
Mafe’s best role would probably be as a rotational pass rusher early in his career as he continues to develop his overall game. But by year three, the Ravens might just have one of the most dangerous pass-rush duos in the NFL in Mafe and Oweh.
Round 3, 76th Overall, Ravens: Ed Ingram, OG, LSU
The Ravens can’t afford to ignore the offensive line in this year’s draft, especially after losing Bradley Bozeman in free agency. One player who can help solidify their interior offensive line is Ed Ingram.
A four-year starter at LSU, Ingram has 35 career starts under his belt and enters the NFL with a pro-ready skill set. At 6-foot-3, 307 pounds, Ingram is a scheme-versatile prospect who should be able to contribute early in his career.
Ingram is a strong and willing blocker with the competitive drive to match up against defensive linemen that are bigger than he is.
The Ravens are looking for additional interior offensive line depth and Ingram could join the competition for the starting right guard job while also providing hope for the post-Kevin Zeitler life at right guard seeing as he’s not getting any younger.