2022 NFL Draft: 4 Players the Ravens Could Target With the No. 14 Overall Pick

The Baltimore Ravens have drafted consistently well in recent years. Former general manager Ozzie Newsome passed the torch to Eric DeCosta, and he hasn’t missed a beat. Baltimore entered the offseason with multiple glaring holes. DeCosta and the front office made a few moves in free agency but must continue building in the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Ravens own the No. 14 overall pick in the draft, and they could go in multiple directions with the selection. The most pressing needs to address early are the interior offensive line, interior defensive line, edge rusher, and secondary.

Here are four players Baltimore could target with their first-round pick.

Iowa's Tyler Linderbaum and Florida State's Jermaine Johnson are NFL Draft targets for the Ravens
Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum blocking against Michigan | Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images; Florida State defensive end Jermaine Johnson looks on during game against Notre Dame | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa

The Ravens desperately need to bolster the interior of their offensive line through the NFL draft. Starting center Bradley Bozeman left to join the Carolina Panthers in free agency. His departure was a massive loss for a unit that was already pretty thin.

If you’re looking for a center replacement in the draft, it doesn’t get any better than Tyler Linderbaum. Pro Football Focus gave the Iowa Hawkeyes standout the highest grade of all FBS players in 2021, regardless of position. Linderbaum may not have ideal size, but he makes up for it with brute strength and polished technique.

With the Ravens being a run-heavy offense, it’s imperative for the front office to get stronger on the interior. They have Patrick Mekari, who can line up in multiple positions along the offensive line. However, Linderbaum was born to play the position.

Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

Eric DeCosta has been on record stating that he wants the Ravens to get younger on the defensive line. Veterans Brandon Williams and Calais Campbell are unrestricted free agents. Williams (33) appears unlikely to return. Meanwhile, Campbell (35) announced he would play in 2022, but it’s still unclear if that will be for Baltimore.

The upcoming NFL draft features a solid group of interior defenders, led by Georgia’s Jordan Davis. The Consensus All-American recorded 90 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and seven sacks in four seasons with the Bulldogs. Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 79.8 for the 2021 season.

At 6-6, 341 pounds, Davis is a mountain of a man. He’s also a phenomenal athlete for his size, as he proved at the Scouting Combine. His combination of size and power make him an immovable object in the middle of a defense. The Ravens boast one of the league’s top run defenses, but adding a young stud up front could take the unit to another level.

Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Cornerback might not be the most dire position of need at No. 14 overall, but the Ravens will want to address it at some point. If a player of Derek Stingley Jr.’s caliber is still on the board at that spot, the front office has to strongly consider pulling the trigger.

Baltimore finished dead last in pass defense in 2021, allowing 278.9 passing yards per game and 31 touchdowns on the season. Injuries depleted the secondary, as starting All-Pro corners Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey suffered season-ending injuries. Getting them back healthy will be a massive boost, but the Ravens must add depth to avoid a repeat.

Derek Stingley Jr. is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL Draft. Injury concerns could cause him to slide, though, which could be an ideal scenario for Baltimore. The LSU product recorded 73 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 20 passes defended, and six interceptions in 25 games. Stingley excels in coverage and possesses elite ball skills. He’s also solid in run support. That would potentially give the Ravens three stars at the position.

Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

The Ravens struck gold when they took Odafe Oweh in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He enjoyed a solid rookie season. However, Eric DeCosta needs to add another stud to bolster the pass-rushing efforts. Tyus Bowser recorded seven sacks in 2021, but the more weapons, the better.

Jermaine Johnson II is one of the fastest-rising players in the upcoming class. He showed out at the Senior Bowl and the Scouting Combine. He was only a one-year full-time starter at Florida State after transferring from Georgia. Johnson registered 70 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles in 2021.

Johnson is still somewhat raw as a pass rusher, but he has all the tools to be a special NFL player. His size and athleticism could make him a dangerous edge-setter. He is also excellent as a run defender. Inserting Johnson into the mix would give the Ravens another much-needed defensive playmaker on the edge.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and College Football Reference

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