If the Baltimore Ravens had the prospect to redo the primary spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft, would they make any modifications?
The 2022 season hasn’t even began but — or preseason, for that matter — however NFL writers are keen to leap the gun and get a head begin on grading first-round picks.
Baltimore got here away with among the finest draft hauls this 12 months, although the crew may very well be criticized for prioritizing participant worth over crew want.
After the draft, the Ravens nonetheless had gaping roster holes at wide receiver and the pass-rush, two positions that stay largely unaddressed this far into the offseason.
So going again to the unique query, would the crew do something in a different way?
Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport re-drafted the primary spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft and had the Ravens choosing Penn State wideout Jahan Dotson with the 14th pick:
“It’s not hard to connect the dots as to why the Ravens might pursue Dotson. After trading Marquise Brown during the draft, Baltimore’s wideout corps is the thinnest in the AFC North and maybe the entire conference.
There’d be a real chance that by the time Week 1 rolled around, Dotson would be Baltimore’s No. 1 receiver.”
Dotson was initially picked by the Washington Commanders at pick No. 16, however a few shifting items modified the Ravens’ thoughts this time round.
For one, prime security prospect Kyle Hamilton obtained taken off the board by the Minnesota Vikings at twelfth total, and different rookies the Ravens had their eyes on have been additionally unavailable by the 14th pick (Jordan Davis, Charles Cross, Derek Stingley Jr.).
The Ravens spring for Jahan Dotson in 2022 NFL re-draft
Davenport notes that the Commanders have liked what they’ve seen from Dotson to this point each on the sector and in the movie room and that Dotson would clearly fill the Ravens’ void at receiver.
Yet, that is most likely one of many least Ravens-like picks that Davenport may have dreamed up.
Given that Baltimore had already drafted a first-round wide receiver, Rashod Bateman, in final 12 months’s draft, anticipating the Ravens to speculate much more draft capital into the place appears foolhardy to say the least.
Yes, the Ravens may use additional receiver depth, however that they had loads of picks in the 2022 NFL Draft and will moderately have snatched up a wideout expertise in the later rounds — this 12 months’s wide receiver draft class was deep sufficient, in spite of everything.
Besides, going into the primary spherical of the draft, Baltimore had wants at just about each different place, and even when Kyle Hamilton wasn’t obtainable, the crew would nonetheless march ahead with their best-value drafting philosophy.
Jahan Dotson because the 14th pick doesn’t precisely match that ethos as Dotson was ranked as a late first-round prospect by most draft boards.
We admire the thought of a 2022 re-draft, however we’ll stick with the unique. Other groups could have lingering regrets, however not the Baltimore Ravens.