The Baltimore Ravens have had a busy offseason without making any notable additions, however, the 2023 NFL Draft will offer the franchise a chance to address weaknesses and improve upon a 10-win team this month.
Last season was very frustrating for the Baltimore Ravens. Not because they finished toward the bottom of the division and underperformed, but because a productive year was essentially wasted. The team won 10 games and was in the running for the AFC North title for much of the season. However, a knee injury to QB Lamar Jackson severely hampered their offense and the unit lacked the sorts of impact skills players to pick up the slack in his absence.
That is why heading into this year’s NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens need to use their limited amount of picks on trying to land game-changer talent on offense. It would be preferable to select some much-needed weapons for Lamar Jackson, but if he isn’t under center in Week 1, the same holds true for his replacement.
While the Ravens have holes to fill on defense — especially if Marcus Peters leaves in free agency — expect the offense to be a priority early in the 2023 NFL Draft. With that in mind, let’s take a look at when Baltimore will be on the clock this month, and the players they will likely select when their turn comes in the annual event.
Baltimore Ravens draft picks 2023
Here are the Baltimore Ravens’ draft picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.
- Round 1: 22nd overall
- Round 3: 86th overall
- Round 4: 124th overall
- Round 5: 157th overall
- Round 6: 199th overall
Baltimore Ravens draft needs 2023
After NFL free agency, here are the Ravens’ draft needs entering the 2023 NFL Draft.
- Wide Receiver
- Running back
- Defensive Tackle
Baltimore Ravens mock draft
First round, 22nd pick: Quentin Johnston, WR TCU
While this year’s NFL Draft may not have can’t-miss talent at wide receiver, there are still very talented options when the Baltimore Ravens are on the clock for the first time at 22. Of the various prospects that could still be on the board at that point, TCU star Quentin Johnston would be a great choice.
The 6-foot-3 talent has the sort of size and athleticism any team will be looking for in a future star at the position. He has the sort of speed to separate from defenders and his size gives him a large catch radius. He is far from perfect but he has legitimate WR1 potential and would be a strong addition to the receiver corps. in year one.
Third Round, 86th pick: Andre Carter II, EDGE Army
With the defensive great, and locker room leader, Calais Campbell no longer in Baltimore the team could kill two birds with one military stone in Andre Carter II as a third-round selection. The West Point cadet will surely bring character to the roster, but the former receiver and tight end is a gifted athlete and showed his versatility on the defensive line with Army.
Carter II’s high motor will be his calling card as he enters the league and Ravens coaches work on refining his pass rush fundamentals, however, he has upside and could easily turn into a steal in the third round.
Fourth Round, 124th pick: Eric Gray, RB Oklahoma
The Baltimore Ravens are likely to look at the available running backs in the 2023 NFL Draft class. When they are on the clock in Round 4 at pick 124, Oklahoma RB Eric Gray could be a fantastic option if he is still on the board at that point.
It took four seasons and transferring from Tennessee before Gray finally had a breakout season, but when he did he left a lasting impression. In 2022, he averaged a career-best 6.4 yards per carry and rushed for over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Sooners. In an era where teams are looking for reliable starters on day three, Gray makes a lot of sense for the Ravens.
Fifth Round, 157th pick: Anthony Johnson, CB Virginia
Virginia cornerback Anthony Johnson is large at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. When it comes to cornerbacks in the NFL, size does matter. In his senior season, he showed some nice ball skills as he posted 12 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2022. That followed a 2021 campaign with five breakups, three interceptions, and 44 tackles.
Baltimore will have to add a corner in this year’s draft and Johnson would be a very sound choice if he is still available in Round 5.
New York Giants 7-round mock draft
- Round 1, 22nd overall – Quentin Johnston, WR TCU
- Round 3, 86th overall – Andre Carter II, EDGE Army
- Round 4, 124th overall – Eric Gray, RB Oklahoma
- Round 5, 157th overall – Anthony Johnson, CB Virginia
- Round 6, 199th overall – Jake Bobo, WR UCLA