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!
Happy Birthday Gus❗️ pic.twitter.com/ltX8T2OwHO
– Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 13, 2022
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.
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.
But, he has three concerns.
One being: “Hollywood Brown can’t average 11 yards per catch. They didn’t draft him in the first round to average 11 yards per catch. ” pic.twitter.com/mCZwqEBgOH
– Bobby Trosset (@bobbytrosset) April 13, 2022
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.
In Mel Kiper Jr.’s annual two-round NFL mock draft, he has the Ravens going heavy on defense, which is expected to be the theme of Baltimore’s 2022 draft.
1st round: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
2nd round: Channing Tindall, ILB, Georgia
Full mock here: https://t.co/yo9A7LHE2m
– Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) April 13, 2022
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:
An interesting scenario – @abukari pointed out – McDuffie can play 3 different positions depending on Peters’ status. Obviously he can play slot but also outside CB & S too. And I’m starting to come around on the idea of Stephens working w / Williams, so Clark is the dime. #Ravens https://t.co/4phHTyspx3
– Dev Panchwagh (@devpanchwagh) April 13, 2022
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.
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.
# 44 before #Ravens # 45
Who are the Ravens at risk of losing to the Browns at those spots?
1-spot trade up possible like in 2006? pic.twitter.com/UpZpI9MwLn
– Ken McKusick (@FilmstudyRavens) April 13, 2022
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.