4 sleepers the Ravens could target in 2022 NFL Draft
1. The Ravens could target: Charles Cross, OT, Mississippi State
Okay, so Mississippi State’s Charles Cross isn’t really a “sleeper” prospect. But he is underrated in the sense that he’s not getting discussed enough as a first-round pick for the Ravens.
The elite offensive tackle has been mocked as early as top-five and may very well be taken off the board before the 14th pick, but Baltimore need offensive line reinforcements in 2022, and Cross is the team’s best albeit slightly unreachable option.
Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning has been more commonly mocked to Baltimore given his draft position, but there’s no doubt that Cross offers more plug-and-play ability and is arguably the best pass protector in the draft.
The five-star recruit can make an immediate impact from Day 1, and Lamar Jackson certainly won’t be complaining if the team takes him at pick No. 14.
Yes, the Ravens have other dire needs in the defensive line and the cornerback unit, and Cross would have to fall a bit for Baltimore to have a chance to nab him.
All that said, Cross checks all the boxes as a starting O-lineman and could help the Ravens regain dominance in the trenches this upcoming season.
Don’t sleep on Cross being the unexpected first pick by the Ravens come Thursday.