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3 Most Likely Ravens Draft Targets With the 14th Overall Pick

Devon Platana
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Baltimore Ravens with the No. 14 overall pick, including Charles Cross, Kaiir Elam and Kenyon Green.
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Baltimore Ravens with the No. 14 overall pick, including Charles Cross, Kaiir Elam and Kenyon Green. / Andy Lyons/GettyImages

The second half of the 2021 NFL season did not go as the Baltimore Ravens planned. After a promising 8-3 start to the year, the Ravens lost their finals six games of the campaign and missed out on the playoffs in the process.

With no more games left on their schedule, the Ravens now turn their attention toward the 2022 NFL Draft. Barring any trades, Baltimore has the No. 14 pick heading into the draft and will need to use it to find someone who'll help them bounce back next season.

Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft

1. Charles Cross, OT (Mississippi State)

Charles Cross
The Ravens must better protect Lamar Jackson this year, which is why they should take Charles Cross at No. 14. / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages

One reason why Baltimore's offense was ineffective this season is because the offensive line couldn't protect Lamar Jackson. The fourth-year QB was sacked a career-high 38 times despite playing his fewest games as a starter (12). A big offensive lineman like Mississippi State's Charles Cross would help solve that problem. A lot of mock drafts have him projected going somewhere in the middle of the first round even though he's one of the better linemen in the draft. He only allowed 16 pressures on 719 pass-block attempts this year, which is the type of player that the Ravens need to keep Jackson safe.

2. Kaiir Elam, CB (Florida)

Kaiir Elam
The Ravens' secondary needs some serious improvements and Kaiir Elam would help them a lot. / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages

The Ravens need to shore up their secondary after allowing an NFL-worst 278.9 passing yards per game in 2021. Injuries played a major factor and highlighted the need for depth. Someone who can help in that regard is Florida Gators cornerback Kaiir Elam. The 20-year-old is one years removed from being the SEC's passes defended leader (11 in 2020) and was one of the better shutdown corners this season as well. Elam was targeted 33 times this season, giving up just 165 yards on 18 receptions. He may not be that dominant in his first NFL season, however, he's the type of player who could be a core piece in the Ravens organization for years to come.

3. Kenyon Green, OL (Texas A&M)

Kenyon Green
Kenyon Green would help improve Baltimore's offensive line. / Ron Jenkins/GettyImages

Another prospect who could help protect Jackson is Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Kenyon Green. The former five-star recruit demonstrated some incredible versatility this past season, playing every o-line position except center at one point or another. The 6-foot-4, two-time All-American also has speed that can catch his opponents off guard, making him one of the more coveted players at his position. With how crippling injuries can be in the NFL, Baltimore should consider going for the player who can fill in anywhere they need him and do it all. If Green is available at No. 14, the Ravens should really consider drafting him.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.