2022 Compensatory Picks Update - Nick Korte
BAL Round 4 Matt Judon
BAL Round 4 Yannick Ngakoue
However, for those who are hoping for teams with 4th rounders to see those picks upgraded to 3rd rounders, that hope is founded, with two possibilities on how it could be fulfilled. One is if the formula considers fewer leaguewide players than last year’s number of approximately 1,944, which is what the 2022 projection is currently using. That precise number will be unknowable until the conclusion of the regular season. The other is if the players in question beat their estimated snap count percentages, an estimation of which the projection uses a snap count average over the past four seasons.
The Ravens could have some concern if Jihad Ward does not get enough playing time in Jacksonville, as they took a chance in signing Sammy Watkins to a CFA worthy contract, with the aim that his signing would offset the departure of Ward. However, if that doesn’t work out, Baltimore would see one of their two 4th/3rd round cusp comp picks projected for the departures of Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue to disappear.
Play style: True X receiver who can beat press coverage and an excellent route runner who can get the ball with physicality.
Scheme: Run option system that uses downfield pass concepts.
The Ravens offense is predicated on option runs, but teams are starting to defend the option more soundly. However, when they dedicate more resources to stopping the option, defenses leave themselves exposed to the pass. Although Jackson has grown in the mental aspect of playing quarterback every season, his accuracy and ball placement could be spotty. Having an X receiver with a big catch radius can be beneficial for Jackson.
Bateman (6-0, 190) has prototypical X receiver size. He has a nice package of releases to get off press coverage, using quick footwork, deceptive shoulder fakes and a sudden first step to burst past defenders. He doesn’t have explosive speed, but he’s smooth in and out of breaks and can run a full route tree. He has strong hands, catches the ball away from his body, isn’t afraid to catch passes over the middle, and can hang on to the ball through contact. Bateman has inside/outside versatility — he’ll give Jackson the big target he hasn’t had on the outside and can also be used in a “big slot” role.
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Ravens: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State (fourth round, No. 131 overall)
Baltimore made it a point to get more technically sound with stronger, steadier more reliable possession receivers for Lamar Jackson. After using its first first-rounder on Minnesota wideout Rashod Bateman, it landed a slightly different style of target, as Wallace has a little big-play burst with the capacity to help well wth quickness and toughness in the slot.
Versatility Is a Trademark of Ravens’ 2021 Draft Picks - Clifton Brown
“One of the commonalities with all these players, or most of these players, is their versatility,” Director of Player Personnel Joe Hortiz said. “With the coaching staff that we have here, the way we can use players and how we move players around, it’s really easy to go out and try to look for those guys and get excited about a guy when you can see him playing multiple positions.
“(Cornerback) Shaun Wade, he’s played inside and outside. Daelin [Hayes], he has his hand in the dirt, he’s up as a SAM ‘backer [and] he’s out in coverage. Ben [Mason], [he] worked some fullback, tight end, a little bit of H-back, everything at Michigan and then down at the Senior Bowl, they used him a lot as a traditional tight end. Having these guys show us that in different platforms, it’s great to see and it’s easy to present it to the coaching staff.”
“You’ve heard me say many times that this is a position-less defense, so we have guys playing all over the place,” Martindale said.
“[Oweh] had a great interview in the process. We’re not one of those defenses with just one front, one coverage. We do some things a little bit differently than most. He understood the concepts of it.”
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 25-27, June 2-4, June 7-8, June 10-11
Mandatory Minicamp: June 15-17
Rookie Minicamp: May 14-16
Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens: Two vastly different styles of offense meet in a clash of contenders that could give both sides a good idea of where they stand among the NFL’s elite.
5) Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
This matchup has consistently produced thrilling contests, and after a year off, the two meet once again in the latest iteration of Lamar Jackson vs. Patrick Mahomes. The Ravens are again gearing up for a deep playoff run, but in order to finally reach their goals, they’ll first have to overcome the back-to-back conference champion.
Kansas City has something to prove, too: Can its defense do enough to shut down Baltimore’s dominant rushing attack? Can the Chiefs bottle up Jackson? And most important: Are they still the kings of the AFC? We’ll learn plenty when these two meet.