Subscribe to our newsletter

The Pitfalls of Pick 14

Baltimore Ravens pick 14
Photo Credit: USA Today Sports
Share
Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Reading Time: 3 minutes

The Ravens Conundrum

The 2022 NFL Draft is nearly upon us. Roughly 250 collegiate players who have worked diligently to fulfill a dream, will receive a call from an NFL GM this week. And when it happens, lives can and do change.

Some athletes will be able to discover financial security that may have eluded them and their families since birth. And with that comes more responsibility, more pressure and greater competition. Success will not come so easily because now they’ll have to achieve it going up against the 1700 best players in the world.

As draft eligible players come off the draft board, theirs will not be the only emotions that are triggered. Draft enthusiasts and analysts will peg many of the picks as “steals” or “reaches” before they ever step onto an NFL field. Ravens GM Eric DeCosta once said, “we try to make the draft a science but it may be more like art.”

Teams evaluate players and try to project how they’ll fit their respective teams, from a schematic perspective. Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they don’t. But because the evaluations vary, because a player’s body of work has been somewhat skewed by the pandemic, and because some teams will elevate need so much that they lose patience and select a player prematurely, this particular draft board could fall all over the place.

And just maybe, that will push a player the Ravens really covet down to pick 14.

[Related Article: Pick 14 ~ Picking The Pick]

I must admit, that I am a bit concerned about that pick 14. There are a couple of edge guys and a couple of corners that are really good fits for defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald’s defense. But if they’re gone and the Ravens are left to choose from players like Trevor Penning or Tyler Linderbaum, color me concerned. Penning is raw and isn’t exactly fundamentally sound. He’s gotten by because he’s a superior athlete competing against schools in the Missouri Valley Conference – not exactly the SEC or Big Ten. Penning is a bit of a project and a project isn’t desirable at pick 14.

As for Linderbaum, he’s not a schematic fit. The Iowa Hawkeye is a player who works well in space but lacks the size the Ravens prefer in their gap blocking schemes. At pick 14, the player and the center position, feel like a reach.

If these two players are among the best on the board, the Ravens are likely to trade back and given the teams that are looking for wide receivers such as the Packers and Chiefs, maybe even the Cowboys, if Alabama’s Jameson Williams is still on the board, either of these teams could look to pick 14 as a desirable spot to jump up into, in front of the Eagles, who are also said to have interest in Williams.

The Ravens could add some more picks and get better value than to stay at 14 and pick Penning or Linderbaum. Keep in mind that the Ravens are unlikely to get any compensatory picks in 2023 so it would surprise no one to see DeCosta unload say a 2022 fourth round pick for a 2023 third.

Last season only 6 of the Ravens 8 draft picks, made the final 53-man squad.

A similar logjam could unfold in 2022 where quality should trump quantity.

pick 14
The history of pick 14 in the NFL Draft since the Ravens inception in 1996.

 

Ravens v. Bills color rush
Street Talk

GAMEDAY 411: Ravens v. Bills

The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) host the Buffalo Bills (2-1) at M&T Bank Stadium for a showdown featuring two of the AFC’s top teams. This marks …

Read More →
Jason Pierre Paul at practice
Injury Report

Injury Report: Ravens vs. Bills – Friday/Game Status

Game Status Ravens DOUBTFUL: OL Patrick Mekari (ankle); OLB Justin Houston (groin); QUESTIONABLE: T Ronnie Stanley (ankle) Bills OUT: CB Christian Benford (hand); WR Jake …

Read More →
Lamar Jackson in color rush OTL
Out To Lunch

OTL: Can Color Rush Dominance Continue?

Saying it’s a big week in Baltimore would be the understatement of the century. The 2-1 Buffalo Bills come to town this Sunday, and after …

Read More →
Tua Tagovailoa concussion
Lombardi's Way

Safety And The Fraudulent NFL

We’ve all seen it. Last Sunday v. the Bills in Miami, Tua Tagovailoa was thrown to the ground and in the process he hits his …

Read More →
Bills at Ravens
Bold Predictions

Bold Predictions: Can the Ravens Take Down Buffalo?

The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) host the Buffalo Bills (2-1) at M&T Bank Stadium – the Ravens’ fourth-straight game against an AFC East foe. This showdown …

Read More →
J.K. Dobbins and David Ojabo
Injury Report

Injury Report: Ravens vs. Bills – Thursday

Note: The Ravens placed NT Michael Pierce (biceps) on IR Ravens Did Not Participate: OL Patrick Mekari (ankle); OLB Justin Houston (groin); FULL Participation: RB …

Read More →
Street Talk

GAMEDAY 411: Ravens v. Bills

The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) host the Buffalo Bills (2-1) at M&T Bank Stadium for a showdown featuring two of the AFC’s top teams. This marks …

Read More →
Injury Report

Injury Report: Ravens vs. Bills – Friday/Game Status

Game Status Ravens DOUBTFUL: OL Patrick Mekari (ankle); OLB Justin Houston (groin); QUESTIONABLE: T Ronnie Stanley (ankle) Bills OUT: CB Christian Benford (hand); WR Jake …

Read More →
Out To Lunch

OTL: Can Color Rush Dominance Continue?

Saying it’s a big week in Baltimore would be the understatement of the century. The 2-1 Buffalo Bills come to town this Sunday, and after …

Read More →
Lombardi's Way

Safety And The Fraudulent NFL

We’ve all seen it. Last Sunday v. the Bills in Miami, Tua Tagovailoa was thrown to the ground and in the process he hits his …

Read More →
Bold Predictions

Bold Predictions: Can the Ravens Take Down Buffalo?

The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) host the Buffalo Bills (2-1) at M&T Bank Stadium – the Ravens’ fourth-straight game against an AFC East foe. This showdown …

Read More →
Injury Report

Injury Report: Ravens vs. Bills – Thursday

Note: The Ravens placed NT Michael Pierce (biceps) on IR Ravens Did Not Participate: OL Patrick Mekari (ankle); OLB Justin Houston (groin); FULL Participation: RB …

Read More →
Don’t Miss Anything at RSR. Subscribe Here!
Latest posts
Join our newsletter and get 20% discount
Promotion nulla vitae elit libero a pharetra augue