NFL Draft Grades 2022: Re-grading Ravens' draft two years later

The Ravens knocked it out of the park
2022 NFL Draft - Round 1
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The Baltimore Ravens may not have been in the Super Bowl in recent years despite one of the deepest rosters in the game, but the fact they have built a roster capable of contending year in and year out shows how good GM Eric DeCosta can be at his job.

Even just one year removed, many of DeCosta's picks from the 2023 class seem to be home run selections. The 2022 class, which has produced multiple starters in all phases of the game, might be even better due to their star power. That group laid the foundation for a truly special 2024 season.

The Ravens' 2022 class was heralded at the time for getting tremendous value with their first few picks, and Baltimore seems to have proven the prognosticators correct after so many of them have thrived. When regarding them, so many received exemplary marks.

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Round 1, Pick 14: Kyle Hamilton, SAF, Notre Dame

The fact Hamilton, regarded by many as one of the greatest safety prospects ever, fell to No. 14 overall was a crime against football. The Ravens didn't hesitate to snag him, and the 6-4 defensive back managed to put it all together last year by showing the league he is among the best of the best at his position.

Hamilton was a Pro Bowler and First Team All-Pro performer alongside Antoine Winfield Jr. Hamilton finished the season with 13 passes broken up, four interceptions, three sacks, and 81 tackles. When it comes time for Baltimore to pay him, his contract could reset the safety market.

Grade: A+

Kyle Hamilton was a great draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens

Round 1, Pick 25: Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

Linderbaum was arguably the best center prospect to come into the draft in a half-decade, and the Ravens wasted no time inserting him into the starting lineup after the departure of Bradley Bozeman. Linderbam has rewarded their belief in him with some of the best tape of any interior linemen in the game.

Linderbaum finished seventh in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting as an offensive lineman, which is almost impossible to do. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2023 and has already asserted himself as the one bastion of consistency on a constantly changing Ravens offensive line. Acquiring Linderbaum and Jordan Stout for Kaiir Elam has proven to be a tremendous trade.

Grade: A