The Baltimore Ravens have several needs to address in the offseason. With the 2022 NFL Draft quickly approaching (Apr. 28-30), analysts are fine-tuning their mocks for each of the 32 teams. NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah recently released his latest mock draft, and he believes Derek Stingley Jr. would be a great fit in Baltimore.
The LSU Tigers standout is one of the most talented players in the upcoming draft class, regardless of position. Jeremiah doesn’t expect Stingley’s injury history to cause him to fall too far, with the Ravens nabbing him at No. 14 overall.
With a clean bill of health, Stingley could end up being a game-changer in the NFL for years to come.
Daniel Jeremiah mocks Derek Stingley Jr. to the Ravens with 14th pick in 2022 NFL Draft
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah is one of the most well-respected draft analysts in the industry right now. He released his latest mock draft via NFL.com and made some interesting selections.
Jeremiah projected the Baltimore Ravens to select LSU star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. with the No. 14 overall pick.
“The Ravens need to address the offensive line, but they usually stick to a best-player-available philosophy,” he said of the pick. “Stingley is coming off a foot injury, but he’s immensely talented and plays a premier position.”
The NFL Network analyst knows the Ravens organization very well. He worked for the team from 2003 to 2006 as a personnel assistant and talent scout. Jeremiah has enjoyed success predicting Baltimore’s draft picks recently. He correctly mocked LSU linebacker Patrick Queen and Penn State edge rusher Odafe Oweh to the Ravens in 2020 and 2021.
If general manager Eric DeCosta does go after Derek Stingley Jr., that would make three in a row for Daniel Jeremiah.
The LSU product would be a perfect fit for Baltimore’s defense
Derek Stingley Jr. is the definition of a high-upside NFL prospect. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana native seemingly only scratched the surface of the player he could become during his time at LSU.
Stingley played under head coach Ed Orgeron for three seasons. He starred as a freshman, recording 38 tackles, 15 passes defended, and six interceptions. The Tigers standout earned first-team All-SEC and consensus All-American honors. Stingley was an integral part of the 2019 National Championship team that featured Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and Justin Jefferson.
The Baltimore Ravens struggled to stop the pass in 2021. The unit finished dead last in pass defense, allowing 278.9 yards per game through the air and 31 touchdowns on the season. Injuries played a massive role in Baltimore’s woes, as cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey and safety DeShon Elliott suffered season-ending injuries.
Peters and Humphrey are returning in 2022, but the 2021 season proved that the Ravens need depth at the cornerback position.
Stingley could be an immediate impact player in Mike Macdonald’s defense. The 20-year-old possesses elite athleticism and ball skills, making him a can’t miss prospect. His length and physicality align perfectly with Baltimore’s defensive identity historically.
If Derek Stingley Jr. is still on the board when the Ravens pick, it would be hard to pass up on a generational talent.
Other options Eric DeCosta could pursue in the 1st round
The Baltimore Ravens certainly won’t be lacking options at No. 14 overall. Since taking over for Ozzie Newsome, general manager Eric DeCosta has put together some solid draft classes. Expect more of the same from the front office during the 2022 NFL Draft.
As Daniel Jeremiah suggested, Derek Stingley Jr. would be a surefire selection. However, DeCosta and the Ravens could also choose to go in a different direction.
If Baltimore wants to take a cornerback in the first round, two other names make sense — Cincinnati’s Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and Washington’s Trent McDuffie. Both are gifted players who could fit well within the Ravens’ scheme. There’s also a chance either player is off the board when Baltimore picks.
The Ravens have other needs to address in the draft, including offensive line, linebacker, and interior defensive line. These players could also be on DeCosta’s radar when the draft rolls around:
- LB Devin Lloyd, Utah
- OT Charles Cross, Mississippi State
- OT Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
- DT Jordan Davis, Georgia
While all of these players would fill a need for the Ravens, Derek Stingley Jr. projects as the type of player who can change the trajectory of a franchise.