2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #25

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Baltimore
Devon Witherspoon
25

Illinois

CB



An inspired Trevor Lawrence made sure the Ravens didn't post five straight wins. During the win streak, John Harbaugh's team was far from dominant, and we should have known that a loss to 'inferior' opponents was a possibility. The Ravens' inability to establish a consistent passing attack limits their scoring opportunities; the first four scores, in Jacksonville, were field goals. Lamar only completed 16 passes against the Jags and only 6 to receivers. It was nice to see DeSean Jackson again, but the 36-year old is no longer a #1 WR.

The offensive line has been solid in 2022 so far and, whilst injuries have plagued the rest of the roster, both guards have been unmoved for all 716 snaps through 12 weeks. Kevin Zeitler, with a PFF grade of 72.1, is signed through 2023, but Ben Powers is a UFA in 2023 and his 61 PFF grade is average. Ben Cleveland is waiting in the wings, but Eric DeCosta would do well to spend extensive time scouting interior linemen.

If DeCosta prioritizes getting defensive reinforcements in 2023, then he must focus on pass rushers or corners. The Ravens have 35 sacks through 12 weeks, which is good for 6th in the NFL. However, 9 of those sacks are from Justin Houston, and 5.5 are from Calais Campbell. It's conceivable that both players don't return in 2023, so a new edge rusher is needed to pair with Odafe Oweh. Oweh, by the way, only has 1 sack on 308 pass-rushing snaps.

- David Payne, DraftTek Senior Analyst

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