Having not made any moves at the trade deadline, at the moment the Baltimore Ravens would enter the 2022 NFL Draft with 11 total picks — including nine in the Top-150.
With a considerable amount of picks at their disposal, barring any trade prior to the draft, the Ravens would have the opportunity to address their biggest needs while having the chance to add depth at some crucial positions.
For this Mock Draft, I used Pro Football Newtork’s Mock Draft Simulator, which decides the pick order by utilizing the most recent NFL standings.
Round 1, Pick 29: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
Addressing the offensive line will be of the Ravens’ biggest priorities during the offseason. Orlando Brown Jr.’s departure and Ronnie Stanley’s season-ending injury, to go along with many others injuries to offensive linemen, highlighted once again how important it is to have depth and talent along the offensive line. Ohio State product Nicholas Petit-Frere would be a perfect addition in the first round for the Ravens.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, Petit-Frere has experience both at left and right tackle as a technically sound player who can also count on above-average athleticism. The redshirt junior is a rock-solid pass protector, thanks to his quick feet and ability to maintain blocks. Petit-Frere is also a people-mover as a run blocker, which is a pretty important trait for a run-heavy team like the Ravens. His athleticism allows him to also be a factor at the second level. Petit-Frere’s maturity could see him have an impact right away in the NFL.
Round 2, Pick 61: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
Veteran pass rushers Calais Campbell and Justin Houston are set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. So, adding more pass rushers to the mix will be one of Baltimore’s biggest priorities during the offseason. Notre Dame edge rusher Isaiah Foskey could very well not be available in the backend of the second round, but given the depth of this class, seeing some EDGE prospects unexpectedly falling shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Foskey is a prospect with a sky-high ceiling given his athleticism. A redshirt sophomore, he didn’t play as a starter until this season, in which he’s quickly emerging as one of the best pass rushers in the country. He’s evolving from a technical standpoint, and his combination of motor and athleticism gives him a solid floor both as a pass rusher and as a run defender.
Pairing Foskey with Odafe Oweh would give the Ravens a lethal duo of young pass rushers.
Round 3, Pick 95: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
Safety DeShon Elliott set to become free agent at the end of the season, and the Ravens could ultimately not have enough money available to give him a new contract. Therefore, Baltimore could be forced to move on and add Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker.
Brisker is a versatile playmaker who has experience playing both free and strong safety. Given his versatility, playing under defensive coordinator Don Martindale could help him reach his ceiling. Brisker is a solid athlete with very good long speed and an immense range. He’s also an extremely reliable tackler who factors in as a run defender and occasionally on blitzes.
Round 3, Pick 101: Phidarian Mathis, DT/NT, Alabama
Starting defensive tackle Brandon Williams is another starter who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2021 season, that’s why the Ravens could set their eyes on Alabama product Phidarian Mathis with their second third-round pick.
Mathis is a rock-solid run defender who profiles as a 2-technique in the NFL. Mathis displays tremendous power that allows him to be disruptive against the run. He has the tools to grow as a pass rusher, an area in which he needs to improve to stick around as a three-down defensive tackle. Mathis could be an impact player right away given his physicality, maturity and ability as a run defender.
Round 4, Pick 110: Brian Asamoah II, LB, Oklahoma
Considering, at least currently, their five fourth-round picks, it would make sense for the Ravens to add depth at crucial positions from now on while keeping their eyes on potential high-potential prospects. Oklahoma linebacker Brian Asamoah II is one of them.
Asamoah II would add to the Ravens defense intriguing versatility and athleticism. Don Martindale likes to have at his disposal athletic chess pieces able to put the opposition’s offenses in complete chaos. Asamoah II is a rangy linebacker who’s a solid tackler, reliable in coverage and dangerous on blitzes. Working on inconsistencies would help him reach his potential, something very much achievable under Martindale.
Round 4, Pick 133: Dohnovan West, OG, Arizona State
Arizona State offensive guard Dohnovan West would bring to the Ravens much-needed versatility and depth on the offensive line, especially with center Bradley Bozeman and do-it-all lineman Patrick Mekari set to become free agents (even though Mekari will be a restricted FA).
During his college career, West has played at right guard, left guard and center, displaying a tremendous combination of raw power and hand usage as an athlete with a wrestling background. West displays quick feet and solid balance to be effective both in pass protection and run blocking.
Round 4, Pick 134: Akayleb Evans, CB, Missouri
Veteran cornerbacks Anthony Averett and Jimmy Smith will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season and with Marcus Peters coming back from a torn ACL, adding a cornerback through the draft would make sense for Baltimore.
Akayleb Evans is an experienced college starter who has size, athleticism and technical refinement to become a starter in the NFL. Evans also displays an high football IQ, patience and he’s aggressive at the catch point. He has an all-around solid package of traits.
Round 4, Pick 137: Myron Cunningham, OT, Arkansas
Former JUCO and now Arkansas prospect Myron Cunningham would add even more depth to a crucial position. Born in 1997, Cunningham has experience but he’s still a work-in-progress as a prospect, especially from a technical standpoint.
Cunningham has impressive length and once he has his hands sets on the opposing pass rusher, he just locks him down. The Razorbacks’ starting tackle has experience playing both at left and right tackle. Cunningham displays great footwork and solid lateral agility, he’s very reliable in run blocking but still needs to improve in pass protection. Cunningham has often issues facing explosive pass rushers and needs to work on his hand placement.
Overall though, Cunningham has fairly intriguing upside.
Round 4, Pick 138: Jadon Haselwood, WR, Oklahoma
The Ravens invested quite a lot on the wide receiver position in the 2021 draft, adding both Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace. With veteran receiver Sammy Watkins set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, though, adding a young, big-bodied wideout with upside could be the right move for Baltimore.
While Bateman is set to take Watkins’s spot as a starter, redshirt sophomore Jadon Haselwood would add depth. At 6-foot-3, 202 pounds, the Sooners product is athletic and reliable on contested catches. He also offers some underrated yards-after-the-catch ability. Haselwood needs to improve as a route runner and has never produced in a big way for Oklahoma, but he has room to grow.
Round 6, Pick 181: Keaontay Ingram, RB, USC
J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards both suffered season-ending injuries in 2021 and veterans Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell are all set to leave the team at the end of the season. Adding a fresh force in the backfield late in the Draft could be an interesting investment.
Keontay Ingram transferred from Texas to USC and he’s putting together a solid 2021 campaign. Ingram is a home-run hitter who could be a solid change-of-pace back in the NFL. Ingram also has solid hands, offering intriguing traits and reliability in the passing game. His vision and solid long speed could be very useful in the NFL, as he would probably be a rotational back behind Dobbins and Edwards.
Round 7, Pick 246: Smoke Monday, S, Auburn
With their last pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the Ravens could look for adding some more depth to the secondary. Auburn’s do-it-all safety Smoke Monday is a versatile chess piece with plus athleticism and physicality.
Monday is really solid in coverage and he has also been used to cover opposing slot receivers. At 6-foot-3, 199 pounds, Monday is also a reliable tackler and a factor against the run. His athleticism and all-around skillset could turn him into a situational impact player playing under Don Martindale.