5 biggest needs the Ravens need to address in the 2022 NFL Draft
5. The Ravens could address the defensive line
Perhaps some of the urgency was removed when the Ravens re-signed veteran Calais Campbell, but the team needs to come out of this draft with a young defensive lineman if not two. Preferably, the Ravens will be able to find a defensive lineman that can assist with their pass rush woes from a season ago.
It would seem that a good philosophy for any team in this draft should be to simply target players from the University of Georgia. If the Ravens choose to address their defensive line they could turn to Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt or Jordan Davis.
Davis was the talk of the Combine when the massive 6-foot-6, 341-pound defensive tackle ran an impressive 4.78 40-yard dash.
Davis’ teammate Devonte Wyatt comes into the draft with a little less hype, but he is ranked as both Mel Kiper and Dane Brugler’s top defensive tackle.
He also ran an impressive 40-yard dash at 4.77. He had a productive 2021 season where he finished with 2.5 sacks, seven (7) TFLs, two (2) forced fumbles, and 39 tackles.
Still, most mock drafts and rankings, have Wyatt being drafted behind Davis in the latter part of the first round. It seems unlikely the Ravens decide to draft Wyatt at 14, but they could decide to trade down.
Other targets could include UConn’s Travis Jones who has received a lot of pre-draft buzz. Most view him as a second-round prospect who could even sneak into the first round.
If the Ravens hope to nab Jones they may have to move up into the early second round or even back into the late part of the first round.
Oklahoma’s Perrion Winfrey, Arkansas’ John Ridgeway, LSU’s Neil Farrell, and Tennessee’s Mathew Butler are players to keep an eye on after the first round.
Another player I find intriguing is Idaho’s Noah Elliss. He is viewed as a true nose tackle and could be a solid developmental player who could eventually fill the void Brandon Williams left (assuming he does not return).