(WHTM) — The Baltimore Ravens head into the 2023 NFL Draft with just five picks to capitalize on. The Ravens have the 22nd overall pick, plus one in each round except the second and seventh rounds.
General Manager Eric DeCosta has expressed interest in trying to get more picks in the draft, but has yet to announce any pre-Draft trades to do so.
“Our goal would be to add picks if we can at some point,” DeCosta said in his pre-Draft press conference. “In saying that, I think it’s important to note that we’ve had a lot of picks over the past four-five years. You get to a point where maybe having too many picks isn’t necessarily the right thing. You almost have to have a purge at some point because you have all these young players on the team, and they can’t all make the team if you just keep stacking these huge, massive draft classes.”
2023 NFL Draft Pick List
- Round 1, Pick 22 overall – Zay Flowers, wide receiver from Boston College
- Round 3, Pick 86 overall – Trenton Simpson, linebacker from Clemson
- Round 4, Pick 124 overall – Tavius Robinson, linebacker from Ole Miss
- Round 5, Pick 157 overall – Kyu Blu Kelly, cornerback from Stanford
- Round 6, Pick 199 overall – Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, tackle from Oregon
- Round 7, Pick 229 – Andrew Vorhees, guard from USC
What holes should the Ravens address in the 2023 NFL Draft?
The Ravens have signed Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year contract worth up to $18 million, with the hopes of retaining Jackson by loading the offense with talent.
Even with the impressive addition of OBJ this offseason, the Ravens could still use some help at receiver. The group is headlined by guys like Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay whose health has been concerning.
When TE Mark Andrews could wind up being the teams leading receiver in 2023, adding some depth at wide receiver could give a quarterback (hopefully Lamar) more weapons.
Ravens should address EDGE/DE
As it stands right now, the Ravens have Justin Madubuike (LDE), Broderick Washington (RDE) and Brent Urban (RDE). Former Penn State DE and current Ravens LB Odafe Oweh could play off the edge, but some extra depth is never a bad thing.
It’s a quarterback league, so the number one priority on defense should be bringing down that quarterback.
The 2023 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 and will air on abc27 starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday night. The second round starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and the final rounds begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday.