Ravens add help for the secondary, plus at least one offensive lineman who could start right away

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Eric DeCosta felt the Baltimore Ravens were ahead of the curve with their first two draft picks, when they took a cornerback and an offensive tackle.

“It seems like if you’re going to define this draft, it’s the draft of the run,” the Baltimore general manager said. “You saw the quarterbacks in the first round, and then you saw the corners at the end of the first into the second, and at the end of the second into the third, you saw the offensive linemen.”

The Ravens were near the front of those runs. They took cornerback Nate Wiggins of Clemson toward the end of the first round, before four straight cornerbacks were selected early in the second. Then Baltimore picked tackle Roger Rosengarten of Washington late in the second — the start of a stretch in which 10 offensive linemen were taken in a 20-pick span.

Both those players filled needs for the Ravens, who sustained quite a few losses this offseason. Guards Kevin Zeitler and John Simpson exited as free agents and tackle Morgan Moses was traded. Free agency also claimed linebacker Patrick Queen and pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, along with running backs Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.

Baltimore entered the draft needing help on the offensive line, where the Ravens lost those three starters, and depth in the secondary.

It was easy to see how Baltimore's draft addressed quite a few holes. After Wiggins and Rosengarten, the Ravens picked edge rusher Adisa Isaac of Penn State in the third round, wide receiver Devontez Walker of North Carolina and cornerback T.J. Tampa of Iowa State in the fourth and running back Rasheen Ali of Marshall in the fifth.

“More often than not — not in every single case — but the best player was at a position of need,” DeCosta said. “We basically started just checking off boxes, working our way down through each pick.”

Baltimore even drafted a quarterback — Kentucky’s Devin Leary — in the sixth round after backup Tyler Huntley signed with Cleveland. Then the Ravens selected center Nick Samac of Michigan State and safety Sanoussi Kane of Purdue in the seventh.


The Ravens didn't make any trades after the draft started. They entered it with nine overall picks and at least one in every round, and they made each of them.


Coach John Harbaugh said Rosengarten will have an opportunity to start. Moses' departure created an opening at right tackle.

“We’re going to look at him everywhere,” Harbaugh said. "He can play guard, if we needed him to, and he can play left tackle, if we need him to. We’re just going to roll the offensive line out there and let them compete.”

DeCosta said Samac might also be able to play guard in addition to backing up Pro Bowl center Tyler Linderbaum.


Baltimore hasn't had much to worry about at quarterback since drafting Lamar Jackson in the first round in 2018. The Ravens did draft quarterback Trace McSorley in the sixth round in 2019, but Leary is the first QB they've taken since.

Harbaugh said veteran Josh Johnson will be Jackson's backup this season, but the team sees potential in Leary. DeCosta said quarterbacks coach Tee Martin had a significant say in drafting him.

“We gave him a project, basically come back to us and tell us who he thought (were) his favorite backup-type quarterbacks in this year's draft class, and he came back with Devin as one of his very top guys,” DeCosta said. “That was exciting for us to take a quarterback. It's been a few years since we've done that.”


Walker had 41 catches for 699 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games last season at North Carolina. The Ravens took receiver Zay Flowers in the first round last year and Rashod Bateman in the first round in 2021. They've drafted at least one wide receiver in six of the last seven years.