Things were going well at the start of last season for the Baltimore Ravens until injuries to key players decimated the team. Nine players on the Ravens roster experienced season-ending injuries. Fortunately, that type of bad luck should not be able to replicate itself this season.
Having all of these players back for this season gave Baltimore fans a reason to be optimistic this season until the Ravens traded wide receiver Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals for a first-round pick. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is still perplexed about this decision by the Baltimore brass. Let's see if we have the same reaction as Jackson by taking a look at who the Ravens picked in this year's NFL Draft.
Round 1, Pick 14: Kyle Hamilton - S - Notre Dame (6'4", 220 lbs, 35 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, 4 pass breakups).
Hamilton dropped lower than expected in this Draft because he missed about half of the season due to injury. However, he has the capability to make plays all over the field. If he is fully recovered from last season's injury, then he will start immediately.
Round 1, Pick 25: Tyler Linderbaum - C - Iowa (6'2", 296 lbs).
Linderbaum started at center for the past three seasons for the Hawkeyes. He will start at center on Week 1 for the Ravens.
Round 2, Pick 13: David Ojabo - DE - Michigan (6'4", 250 lbs, 12 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles).
Ojabo fell to the second round because he tore his Achilles during the Michigan pro day in March. He may not play this season depending upon his recovery, but he will be wreaking havoc in 2023.
Round 3, Pick 12: Travis Jones - DT - Connecticut (6'4", 325 lbs, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks).
The only reason to watch UConn football games last season was because of Jones. He is able to disrupt what the offense is looking to do on the inside because he brings pressure up the middle. Jones will see some time in the defensive tackle rotation.
Round 4, Pick 5: Daniel Faalele - T - Minnesota (6'8", 384 lbs).
Faalele started at right tackle for three seasons at Minnesota. As you can see by looking at his measurables, Faalele is a large man. He will be given time to develop as a right tackle prospect.
Round 4, Pick 14: Jalyn Armour-Davis - CB - Alabama (6'1", 197 lbs, 3 interceptions, 4 pass breakups).
With all of the injuries to cornerbacks last season, the Ravens had to draft a cornerback. Armour-Davis should see some time off of the bench.
Round 4, Pick 23: Charlie Kolar - TE - Iowa State (6'6 1/2", 252 lbs, 62 receptions, 756 yards, 6 TD).
Kolar was one of the best tight ends in college football. He uses his size well to make catches in traffic. He could see some time as the second or third TE for the Ravens.
Round 4, Pick 25: Jordan Stout - P - Penn State (6'3", 209 lbs, 67 punts, 46 yards per punt, 35 inside the 20, 3 touchbacks).
Stout will be the starting punter if he wins the spot in training camp. Penn State was not so good on offense last season, so Stout had plenty of practice punting in games. Putting at least half of his punts inside of the twenty yard line with only 3 touchbacks is absolutely amazing.
Round 4, Pick 34: Isaiah Likely - TE - Coastal Carolina (6'4 1/2", 245 lbs, 59 receptions, 912 yards, 12 TD).
Likely is a deep-receiving threat from the tight end position. He will definitely see time on passing downs since the Ravens did not draft a wide receiver.
Round 4, Pick 36: Damarion Williams - CB - Houston (5'10", 182 lbs, 63 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 9 pass breakups).
Williams will compete to see some time as a slot corner. His ability to break up passes will help him defend against passes in the slot.
Round 6, Pick 18: Tyler Badie - RB - Missouri (5'8", 197 lbs, 1,604 rushing yds, 14 TD, 54 receptions, 330 receiving yards, 4 rec TD).
Badie could see some time as a third-down back who is able to make plays in space.
The Ravens solidified their secondary and their offensive, but they did not draft a wide receiver. That brings the draft grade down a notch. Grade: C-.