Safety, Notre Dame, Round 1, Pick 14
Kyle Hamilton is a surprise because the Ravens already had their starting safeties. But Baltimore is a team that trusts its board and Hamilton was surely the highest-graded player, and it could have been by a large margin. He's a big-bodied, versatile safety who stands in at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds who many thought he would easily be a top-10 pick before he ran a slower-than-expected 40-yard dash. But the tape doesn't lie. Hamilton can be a difference-maker at every level. New Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald can deploy him next to new rangy free safety Marcus Williams. The Ravens suddenly have arguably the best safety room in the NFL.
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Center, Iowa, Round 1, Pick 25
Tyler Linderbaum started the draft process as a popular pick for the Ravens at No. 14, but they got him at No. 25. He's regarded as the top center prospect to come out of the draft in quite some time. The Ravens said they like big centers, but Linderbaum is the smallest offensive lineman in the draft at 6-foot-2, 296 pounds. His talent is too good to pass up, however. Linderbaum dominated at Iowa and makes up for his smaller size with physicality and excellent quickness. He comes from an Iowa program that has produced numerous excellent offensive linemen, including one of Linderbaum's mentors and Ravens legend Marshal Yanda. Lamar Jackson's pass protection just improved dramatically and Linderbaum will help take Baltimore's run game to another level.
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Outside Linebacker, Michigan, Round 2, Pick 45
David Ojabo would have been a top-15 pick had he not torn his Achilles at his Pro Day. Instead, the Ravens got an ultra athletic pass rusher at No. 45 in the second round. A latecomer to football, the Nigerian-born Ojabo broke out last year with 11 sacks playing for Mike Macdonald at Michigan. Now they reunite in Baltimore with a chance to wreak more havoc. Ojabo will need time to rehab his injury, but many Ravens have come back strong from Achilles injuries. Once Ojabo does, he has the talent to form a dynamic pass rushing duo opposite Odafe Oweh, a player with a similar backstory.
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Defensive Tackle, UConn, Round 3, Pick 76
There was buzz before Thursday night that Jones could be a surprise first-round pick. Surprise! The Ravens got him in the third. The Athletic's Dane Brugler had Jones ranked as his 34th-best prospect in the entire draft and he went at 76. Travis Jones was the best player on a struggling UConn team. He'll join the Ravens looking to win. Baltimore was leapfrogged by the Philadelphia Eagles for hulking defensive tackle Jordan Davis in the first round. Jones isn't as big as Davis, but at 6-foot-4, 325 pounds, he's not too far off. Jones may offer more as a pass rusher, as he logged 8.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss the past two seasons. Eric DeCosta said he wanted to add youth to the defensive line, and Jones provides an explosive option to pair with Calais Campbell, Michael Pierce, and Justin Madubuike.
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Offensive Tackle, Minnesota, Round 4, Pick 110
Daniel Faalele towers at 6-foot-8, 384 pounds -- by far the biggest man in the draft. In 2018, Baltimore drafted another huge human in the third round with Orlando Brown Jr. and helped mold him into a Pro Bowler. The Ravens will hope for the same with Faalele, who isn't as polished as Brown but has some similar traits. The former Australian rugby player has unique size, play strength and movement and can be coached to turn into a starter down the line. For now, he provides more depth.
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Cornerback, Alabama, Round 4, Pick 119
This is Anthony Averett 2.0. The Alabama product has good size at 6-foot-1, 197 pounds and speed (4.39 40-yard dash). Jalyn Armour-Davis has the tools to develop into a starter. The question is whether he can stay healthy, as he missed his entire first season because of a knee injury and four games as a junior (hip), including the Iron Bowl, SEC championship and national championship. He only allowed one catch over 25 yards in all of 2021 and is a strong press corner.
Tight End, Iowa State, Round 4, Pick 128
Charlie Kolar is a big-bodied tight end who is good insurance for Mark Andrews and more depth in the room after the departure of Eric Tomlinson. Kolar stands in at a huge 6-foot-6, 252 pounds and was a productive receiver with 23 career touchdowns and 2,181 yards over his four-year career. Kolar could improve his blocking, but he has the size to do it.
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Punter, Penn State, Round 4, Pick 130
Jordan Stout was the top punter in this year's draft and will presumably replace longtime veteran Sam Koch in Baltimore. Stout has a big leg and excellent hangtime. He also handled kickoff duties at Penn State and holds the record for the longest field goal in school history.
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Tight End, Coastal Carolina, Round 4, Pick 139
Isaiah Likely is another pass-catching tight end added to Baltimore's arsenal, with both he and Kolar coming off the board in the fourth round. Likely has great size at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds and was very productive as a receiver, registering 912 yards on 59 catches and 12 touchdowns last season, earning Second Team All-American honors. He averaged 15.4 yards per reception over his college career. He ran slower than expected at his Pro Day with a 4.82 40-yard dash, but his tape shows a dynamic playmaker as a receiver.
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Cornerback, Houston, Round 4, Pick 141
The Ravens hope this is a Tavon Young-like pick with a 5-foot-10, 182-pound slot cornerback. He is sticky in coverage and a good run defender. Damarion Williams was a no-star recruit coming out of high school who went the JUCO route to prove himself. He led the country with 17 pass breakups and seven interceptions at Highland Community College. He was a leader at Houston after transferring in, and had 63 tackles, 10 passes defensed and one interception last season.
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Running Back, Missouri, Round 6, Pick 196
Tyler Badie was ultra productive in his final season at Missouri, rushing for 1,604 yards and 14 touchdowns and catching 54 passes for 330 yards and another four scores. After his family was family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Badie spent much of his childhood in Randallstown, Md., where he started playing youth football.
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