Ravens Won the NFL Draft According to Mel Kiper's Grades
The 2022 NFL Draft has come and gone, leaving the Baltimore Ravens as one team thrilled with their haul. The Ravens left Las Vegas with 11 new prospects in their cupboard, getting the most possible value out of each of their picks along the way.
ESPN's Mel Kiper is one of the many experts who took notice of the Ravens' impressive draft performance. In fact, Kiper has given Baltimore an A grade for its draft efforts, which is tied with the New York Jets for the top grade.
Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft Grade
Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton (No. 14), Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum (No. 25) and Michigan outside linebacker David Ojabo (No. 45) were each Kiper's No. 1-ranked prospect at their respective positions, contributing to his final grade.
Furthermore, the Ravens also landed UConn defensive tackle Travis Jones (No. 76) and Minnesota offensive tackle Daniel Faalele (No. 110) — two players who were projected to be selected one round earlier than where they were.
The Ravens' 2021 campaign ended with them missing the playoffs after six straight losses, making a successful draft haul much-needed. If those above five players alone reach their potential, Baltimore should remain an AFC contender for years to come.
Kiper added that the only reason the Ravens didn't receive an A+ is that they failed to draft a wide receiver after trading away Marquise Brown to the Arizona Cardinals. Sophomore WR Rashod Batemen is extremely talented, but Baltimore must surround quarterback Lamar Jackson with more pass-catching options sooner than later.
If the Ravens improve their wide receiver depth, their championship odds should reflect those changes. They currently have +2200 odds (T-No. 11) to win Super Bow LVII next season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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