• Eric DeCosta is confident in the additions they made during the 2022 NFL draft
  • The Ravens received the highest marks from most observers for their wise selections
  • They are still in need of a veteran receiver, which they could still address soon

Acquiring the best talent through the draft is no easy task, but the Baltimore Ravens did just that during the recently-concluded 2022 NFL draft.

However, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta is not resting on his laurels.

“It wasn't really by design that we wanted to create a hole on the team. I don't look at it that way, but in this business, you pivot, you dodge, you weave – you're always really going to be chasing a need. Every team in the league would tell you that you're chasing needs. That's what you do in this business,” said DeCosta as quoted by the Ravens’ team website.

It seemed as if the franchise was gifted two potential All-Pro talents after selecting Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton and Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum with the 14th and 25th picks respectively.

On Day 2 of the draft, they would add outside linebacker David Ojabo and defensive tackle Travis Jones before selecting key personnel to address their depth across the board in round four with six picks and using their final pick on running back Tyler Badie in the sixth round.

It was a doozy of a draft for the Ravens and many observers believe that the organization has once again been able to steal some of the best players in the draft, with CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco giving them the only A+ grade.

However, the franchise opted not to add to their wide receiver corps with any of their picks and it could see them do one of two things: sign a top receiver or trust the guys in their roster.

Will Fuller V, Jarvis Landry and T.Y. Hilton are the top ball-catchers without a team yet, and the Ravens could make a move for any one of them.

But DeCosta hinted that they may be using their cap space in other ways.

“I said this last year, but we like our receivers. We've seen growth, we've seen our guys mature and develop,” the team executive noted before rattling off praise for last year’s first-rounder in Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, James Proche III and Tylan Wallace.

With a bunch of young talent that can make an instant impact, the Ravens are primed to make a playoff run after last season’s disappointing end.

Adding a dependable veteran wide receiver and possibly another pass rusher to the team certainly will not hurt their chances, but DeCosta’s confidence in his squad already says a lot about their future prospects.

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Kyle Hamilton poses onstage after being selected 14th by the Baltimore Ravens during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. David Becker/Getty Images