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The Baltimore Ravens had one of the more eventful nights during the first round of the 2022 NFL draft. They ended up with multiple first round picks that they used on quality players, while also trading away one of their accomplished young players in the process.
There were plenty of directions that the first round could have gone for Baltimore, but many agree that they came out of it better than when they went into it. While they did create another need for themselves, they took best players available that will be able to slot in on the defensive and offensive sides of the ball, respectively.
Below we grade each of the moves that the Ravens made during the first round of the 2022 NFL draft
Ravens select S Kyle Hamilton at No. 14 overall
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By the time that Baltimore got on the clock at pick No. 14, there was a clear best player available. That was Hamilton, who offers tremendous size and versatility at the safety position, being able to play at multiple spots on a defense.
There was the expectation that Hamilton could go within the top-five picks, so to get him at No. 14 will be considered one of the steals of the draft for a long time. Safety isn’t a need for the Ravens, but they made the right decision by taking the former Notre Dame star
Ravens trade WR Marquise Brown, pick No. 100 to Cardinals for No. 23
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The trade of Brown came as a shock to many at first, but as details started to emerge, the move made sense. He requested a trade out of Baltimore, and general manager Eric DeCosta worked with what he could to get him to a situation that he wanted to be in while also netting the team a solid haul.
Getting a first round pick back for a player who has already played three seasons and will likely get paid upwards of $15m per season was one of the better moves they could have made, considering the circumstances. Trading Brown creates a much bigger need at wide receiver, but they’ll be able to address that in the draft and through free agency if they so choose.
Ravens trade pick No. 23 to Bills for pick No. 25, pick No. 130
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After trading for No. 23, the team quickly flipped it to move down two spots and an additional fourth rounder. It was a shrewd move by DeCosta, who clearly felt there were enough players on his board to move down and still have someone who they felt very highly of available to them.
With the trade, Baltimore now has six fourth-round picks. It feels like they could make a move up with a few of those selections, so they have plenty of ammunition to maneuver up and down the draft board.
Ravens select C Tyler Linderbaum at No. 25 overall
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Linderbaum represented another one of the best players still available in the first round when Baltimore was up to select again, and they decided to snag the center who is regarded as one of the best prospects to come out of college at his position in years.
The scheme fit for Linderbaum in the Ravens’ offense is a bit of a question mark, as is his size. However, you can’t teach skill, and Linderbaum has plenty of that. He puts himself in position to win his one-on-one matchups, can get out into space well, and is an extremely smart football player. He’s a talented offensive lineman, and should be able to have plenty of success in Baltimore. He capped of a great Round 1 for the Ravens, and they’ll be looking to build on that on Day 2 and Day 3