Baltimore Ravens: Out to Lunch

Happy Friday, Flock Nation! It’s been a week since the 2022 NFL Draft, and my excitement about the Ravens’ rookie class has only grown after a week of interviews and watching film.

I still can’t believe Kyle Hamilton fell to the Ravens at 14, and apparently, neither can Eric DeCosta.

Everything pointed to the Ravens taking Jordan Davis before the Eagles sniped him, but the run on wide receivers left one consensus top-10 player on the board: Hamilton. Apparently, both on Ravens Twitter and in Baltimore’s war room, Hamilton was a no-brainer pick, even for a team that has plenty of safety talent.

The Ravens also got a positive update from second-round pick David Ojabo, who told Sports Illustrated that he could be back as soon as October from the torn Achilles he suffered in March.

The Ravens will likely be cautious in bringing Ojabo along after last year’s injury struggles, but there’s plenty of reason to think he’ll adjust to the NFL quite quickly.

Ojabo’s familiarity with defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald from Michigan will help him learn the Ravens defense quickly, while his likely early role as a designated pass rusher will act as a natural limit on his snaps.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Ravens’ rookies will look to hit the ground running with rookie minicamp, the NFL’s version of your first day of school.

Missouri running back Tyler Badie became the first to sign his rookie contract with the Ravens, a four-year deal for $3.7 million. That could be a steal for a back who could be ready to start by his third year.

But the Ravens are still searching for another wide receiver after trading away Hollywood Brown, and RGIII thinks that the focus on tight ends and running backs in Greg Roman’s offense is what’s keeping them away.

Still, the Ravens could look for a veteran on the free agent market as a reliable, Sammy Watkins-esque signing to bring more experience to their wide receiver room.

Jarvis Landry and Julio Jones are at the top of most fans’ wish lists, while Emmanuel Sanders could be an option as well.

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