Ravens Are Super Bowl Contenders

There isn’t quite as much Ravens news for today’s Out to Lunchso I thought it was appropriate to wish a happy belated birthday to the Gus Bus!

Gus Edwards turned 27 on Wednesday, and I want to take the chance to highlight how lucky the Ravens are to have them in their backfield. It’ll be fantastic to see him back on the field this fall, once again demoralizing defenses in the second half of Baltimore wins.

Here’s to 27 being a healthy, happy, and fruitful year for Edwards.

Contenders!

The former Rutgers RB is one of many players the Ravens will be returning in 2022. ESPN‘s Mina Kimes commented on this earlier in the week, calling Baltimore a “sleeping giant” in the AFC. I also feel the team is being criminally underrated this season, but hey, that’s how we like it.

Dan Orlovsky did shine more light on the Ravens on Wednesday, however, claiming the team is a bonafide contender this year.


McDuffie at 14?

Orlovsky did have a few fair questions, but I think most Ravens fans have the same ones entering this season. Stanley’s health and its impact on the Draft is an interesting one, especially with Mel Kiper, Jr releasing a two-round Mock Draft on Wednesday.

Kiper is always an interesting analyst to follow, not only because he’s so experienced, but because he is a Baltimore fan. In this rendition, he has the Ravens selecting Trent McDuffie and Channing Tindall, two defensive players.

I do really like McDuffie’s fit in the Ravens’ defense, especially given their current needs. A versatile player, the former Washington CB could be moved around the defense and put in positions to succeed alongside a strong starting secondary. McDuffie can play the slot, outside corner, and safety, and as RSR’s Dev Panchwagh sums up well, that makes him extremely valuable for the Ravens:

I joined the RSReplay podcast this week to discuss my draft thoughts, including some on McDuffie, with Nikhil Mehta. A great listen overall, Mehta and I talked strategy while going head-to-head in a Mock Draft Duel to see who could select the better 2022 Ravens rookie class.

Trent McDuffie

Browns and Potential Draft Day Nemesis?

Along the way, there were a few spots where trades seemed probable, as the Ravens always manipulate their draft capital to get the prospects they covet. That may be even more important this year, as Ken McKusick notes, given that the Cleveland Browns select one spot ahead of Baltimore on three different occasions.

I have no doubt that the Ravens will make moves across Draft weekend – with the number of picks they have and a division rival in front of them, they should not take chances by hoping their guy drops.

If I had to put a number on it, I’d say DeCosta makes three trades in this year’s NFL Draft.

I can’t wait to see what they leave us with.

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