4 draft picks the Baltimore Ravens gave up on too soon

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1. Matt Judon

A recent entry, Judon signed a contract with the New England Patriots in free agency during Bill Belichick's 2021 spending spree. Judon was already a rock-solid two-way end for the Ravens, but he didn't truly come into his own as a pass rusher until he joined Belichick's project in Foxborough.

Judon has recorded 32 sacks in 38 games with the Patriots, exceeding the 34.5 sacks from his Ravens days it took him 76 games to tally. The Patriots still had solid defenses while Mac Jones struggled at quarterback, and Judon's emergence is one of the main reasons why.

Matt Judon thrived away from the Baltimore Ravens

While the Ravens got incredibly lucky with Jadeveon Clowney and Kyle Van Noy putting together arguably the two best seasons of their respective careers during the 2023 campaign, highly-touted edge rushers Odafe Oweh and David Ojabo haven't lived up to all of their hype, so far.

The Ravens' chances of getting Judon back seem to be slim, as he claimed he would love to finish his career in New England. Letting Judon go seemed reasonable at the time due to his price, but Eric DeCosta might be regretting missing out on his best pass-rush seasons.