1. The first round of the 2022 NFL draft fell the Baltimore Ravens way
The first round of the 2022 NFL draft could not have fallen any better, and the Baltimore Ravens have to be extremely thankful. Kyle Hamilton was regarded as one of the best players in the draft without hesitation. However, because he played safety, teams went with more premium positions, such as offensive line and wide receiver. This caused Hamilton to fall.
Even the Ravens did not need Hamilton at the time, but he was so far and away the best player that they had to make the pick. He came up bigger than expected as a rookie and this year, he is making a case for All-Pro.
Players taken after him include Kenyon Green, Jahan Dotson, Zion Johnson, Treylon Burks, and Trevor Penning. He is on a different tier than any of those players.
To be fair, Linderbaum is better than all of those players as well. For the Ravens to not only get out of the Hollywood Brown situation before it was time to pay him but turn that into Linderbaum is a masterclass. You build through the trenches, and the Ravens saved money by building through the trenches. The Cardinals currently do not have a future center on their roster.
Linderbaum will be a Pro Bowler this year, and if it were not for big names like Jason Kelce and Creed Humphrey, maybe he would be in contention for an All-Pro nod. Jermaine Johnson has been fine, but other players taken after Linderbaum are Devin Lloyd, Devonte Wyatt, and Cole Strange. The Ravens made the most of each pick and got the best players by far. Fans have to be thankful because this will keep them relevant for years to come.