Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens
Tight end Isaiah Likely #80 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the football after a reception against the Arizona Cardinals in a NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 21, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images


  • Isaiah Likely was held out of the Ravens' final preseason game
  • The Ravens are likely to give him a big role once the season begins
  • Likely is expected to form a monstrous partnership with Mark Andrews

The Baltimore Ravens' front office has prided itself in finding the best unheralded prospects in the NFL draft since the organization was created, and they were able to do so again in the 2022 edition.

With 11 picks under general manager Eric DeCosta's belt, the Ravens used all of them on what appear to be the right players for their hopeful Super Bowl push this season.

Safety Kyle Hamilton, center Tyler Linderbaum and cornerback Daniel Williams have proven they belong on the field at M&T Bank Stadium, but none have shone brighter than tight end Isaiah Likely.

Likely has been a massive part of the Ravens' success in the preseason after putting up big numbers in just two games.

Warren Sharp of Football Analysis noted that Likely is on track to form a two-headed monster at the tight end spot with Mark Andrews after putting up 12 receptions on 12 targets, 144 yards, and one touchdown with an average of 5.7 yards after the catch.

When Likely did not suit up for their final preseason game against the Washington Commanders, the Ravens are pointing towards the No. 139 pick being preserved for the regular season.

The amount of confidence that head coach Jim Harbaugh and the entire organization has in Likely has surprised many because he showed little to no indication of providing an instant impact.

Most observers at the time of the draft believed him to be a prospect that could see starter minutes in his second year.

His performance in the preseason and during training camp has obviously shifted that narrative and is quickly becoming one of quarterback Lamar Jackson's favorite targets.

While most believe Jackson should throw the ball more to their receivers, the organization's emphasis on having a punishing attack from the tight end group is perfect for their run-heavy offense.

With Likely seemingly having secured his spot as Andrews' partner, the Ravens' offense has become that much more unpredictable.

The Coastal Carolina product was ecstatic to have spoken with DeCosta ahead of being selected and is now likely to become a fan-favorite player to watch out for in Baltimore.

Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens
Isaiah Likely #TE12 of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 2, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Michael Hickey/Getty Images