2022 NFL Power Rankings: Baltimore Ravens
Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Here is where the Baltimore Ravens rank in terms of average, best and worst:
- Average ranking: 9.4 (9th)
- Best ranking: 6 (USA Today)
- Worst ranking: 11 (NFL.com)
Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Ravens in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.
ESPN -- Rank: 11
Player who benefited most from draft: WR Rashod Bateman
Bateman is the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver for Lamar Jackson after the Ravens traded Marquise "Hollywood" Brown to the Cardinals and then didn't use any of their 11 draft picks on a wide receiver. Bateman, Baltimore's top pick from a year ago, showed flashes of becoming a go-to target as a rookie and has put the time in to build a connection with Jackson with their frequent throwing sessions this offseason. Now he will get plenty of opportunities with the departure of Brown, whose 146 targets ranked 10th in the NFL last season. -- Jamison Hensley
NFL.com -- Rank: 10
The Ravens are just good at this. Disappointments connected to an injury-ravaged 2021 season aside, Baltimore has remained an AFC power player for the better part of two decades thanks in large part to an uncanny knack for knowing who to pick and when. The team's two first-round selections this year -- safety Kyle Hamilton and center Tyler Linderbaum -- profile as Day 1 starters and instant difference-makers, while the move to select highly skilled outside linebacker David Ojabo -- who tore his Achilles tendon in March -- could pay big dividends in 2023. Meanwhile, the trade of Marquise Brown to Arizona for a first-round pick was more ace maneuvering by GM Eric DeCosta. Brown wanted out and never lived up to his own first-round status. Comeback szn approaches in Charm City.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 11
They expect Lamar Jackson to revert back to his MVP form this season, which will make them a contender for the AFC North again. They had a great draft, which will only help those chances.
USA Today -- Rank: 10
Baltimore, which started 5-1 in 2021 with wins over the Chargers, Chiefs and Colts, had its annual stellar draft and should rise up the AFC again with newfound talent and an influx of depth that should protect this roster better in 2022.
The Athletic -- Rank: 10
The Ravens missed the playoffs last year after a string of terrible injuries, but we're optimistic Lamar Jackson and company will get back on track in 2022. The Ravens climbed eight spots since our last round of voting, thanks to free agency additions like safety Marcus Williams and defensive tackle Michael Pierce, and draft picks like safety Kyle Hamilton and center Tyler Linderbaum.
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