After trading Hollywood Brown to Arizona for the 23rd overall pick, the Ravens moved back to 25 and selected Tyler Linderbaum, center out of Iowa.
For the Ravens to get the best player in the draft at 14, and the guy I kept mocking to them at 14 at 25… wow.
— Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) April 29, 2022
RSR staff react to the selection here:
While this pick would have been disappointing at 14, it’s less of an issue at 25. But he still doesn’t fit what the Ravens do, so you have to wonder what their long-term plan is.
For the second straight year, the Ravens come away with two first round picks. That’s a lot of high-end talent under contract for a long time. Here’s hoping they make the most of it.
What’s up with Jermaine Johnson? As the ESPN guys are discussing, obviously there is something going on that we are not privy to. I would have been ecstatic with him here. The Jets took him 26th. This will be interesting to look back upon in a few years.
In what can only be described as the craziest night in Ravens draft history outside of 2018 when they traded back into the first round to draft Lamar Jackson, Eric DeCosta put on a master class of shakin’ and movin’. First, a top 5 prospect in the whole draft falls to them at 14 in Kyle Hamilton. Then, they move a wide receiver on the verge of his first big pay day and get their future at center in return, Tyler Linderbaum. The Ravens simultaneously went “best player available,” and filled a massive need with one fell swoop.
Oh, and they picked up some extra mid rounders in the process. Bravo to the front office on an incredible night 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft.
I’m not excited about the Linderbaum pick, but I’m glad it was at 25 and not 14. I still have concerns about his fit in the Ravens scheme. I trust the Ravens know more than me so in EDC we trust. There were other players on the board that I thought were better options at positions of need.
The Ravens traded Hollywood Brown and the pick they got for David Culley for the 23rd pick and then dropped back two spots and picked up their SIXTH 4th round pick and pick 25th.
I had heard earlier in the night that Jermaine Johnson was off the board because of character issues, so I wasn’t expecting him there but I did think Ebikitie was possible.
Instead, they took Tyler Linderbaum, the guy regarded as the top C in the draft. I am surprised they didn’t go pass rusher but they probably figure they can still get one, maybe even tonight if they choose to trade into the first round with all the artillery they have at their disposal. They must feel that the difference between Linderbaum and the next iOL is much larger than the difference in edge rushers.
I wasn’t expecting the center there, but it makes sense. They landed the top-ranked safety and center this evening, and though they aren’t rated as prime positions, they are important ones. They have a ton of ammo left over the next two days to add a playmaker on offense, so I’m not stressing that yet. But I am growing a little concerned about corner and defensive-pressure guys. There’s still time, but that’s what I’m going to be sweating about tomorrow waiting for Night 2.
I understand the pick, and I think I’ll warm up to it in the coming days. My immediate reactions, though:
- Positional value of a selecting a Center in the first still makes me wince.
- The company line from Harbaugh and EDC that they were comfortable having Mekari start the season at Center sounds like a whole lot of hooey now.
- When your starting QB immediately tweets out “Wtf” after a pick is submitted, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.
- In a vacuum, trading away a 1,000-yard receiver and your franchise’s WR1 for a Center (and a rookie, no less) feels like a loss.
But enough negativity. This is a deep class and we have a lot of firepower later. Let’s see how the roster fleshes out before I say the sky is falling.
I’m on record hating Tyler Linderbaum as the pick at 14, but I can’t complain with him at 25. Books will be written about the Ravens’ smokescreening of their draft plans this year, and this completes a crazy first-round haul as the Ravens walk out with the class’s best center and safety. Two foundational pieces – one on offense and one on defense sounds like a good round 1 haul to me!