The Ravens have the No. 14 pick in the NFL draft. Here are five potential targets.

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The Ravens’ season ended short of the playoffs Sunday. Now their top pick in April’s NFL draft could be as early as it’s been in years.

After a 16-13 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens have the No. 14 overall pick, their best draft slot since they took left tackle Ronnie Stanley at No. 6 overall in 2016. According to ESPN, the Ravens entered Sunday with only 8% odds of landing the No. 14 pick, the highest in their range of possibilities; they were strong favorites (57%) to end up with No. 18 overall.


With compensatory draft picks yet to be awarded, the Ravens have seven selections entering the predraft process: No. 14, No. 45 (second round), No. 76 (third round), three fourth-round picks and a sixth-round pick. They’re due a compensatory third-round pick for the Houston Texans’ hiring of former assistant coach David Culley and two mid-round picks for the offseason departures of pass rushers Yannick Ngakoue and Matthew Judon.

But no Ravens selection this spring will be as scrutinized as their first-rounder. Last year, general manager Eric DeCosta took wide receiver Rashod Bateman and outside linebacker Odafe Oweh at Nos. 27 and 31 overall, respectively. Here are five players at positions of need who could be targets at No. 14:


Mississippi State offensive tackle Charles Cross: After allowing six sacks and 33 hurries as a redshirt freshman last season, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Cross allowed just two and 14, respectively, in 2021, according to Pro Football Focus. As an athlete, he’s strong, lean and explosive. As a competitor, he plays with brute-force physicality in both pass protection and as a run blocker. Cross played left tackle in college, but he’s a good enough prospect to project as a right tackle. Given Ronnie Stanley’s injury history, that’d be an asset for the Ravens.

Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green: The 6-4, 325-pound junior has started since he was a true freshman. Just as impressive, he’s started everywhere but center along the offensive line. The versatile Green, an impressive run blocker, projects as a guard at the next level and could be the Ravens’ answer at left guard. But he’s also shown his potential out wide, starting at left tackle in the Aggies’ upset win over Alabama. After allowing no sacks and five quarterback hurries last season, according to PFF, Green gave up one sack and seven hurries this season.

Georgia defensive lineman Jordan Davis: It’s hard to miss the 6-6, 340-pound senior. Davis has been an immovable run defender for Georgia’s top-ranked defense this season, and he was honored last month with the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the sport’s best defensive player. On a Ravens defense committed to stopping the run, he’d be a natural successor to Brandon Williams up front. Davis’ pass-rush ability is limited, however. He has three sacks in 14 games this season, but just 15 quarterback hurries over three years as a starter.

Texas A&M defensive end DeMarvin Leal: The 6-4, 290-pound junior finished the season with 58 tackles, most among Southeastern Conference linemen, including 12 ½ for a loss and 8 ½ sacks, all career highs. A three-year starter with impressive speed and power, Leal has disruptive potential as an edge rusher and interior presence. Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher has praised him for establishing the program’s culture, but Leal was reportedly arrested last month and charged with possession of marijuana.

Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad Gardner: “Sauce,” as he’s known, did not give up a single receiving touchdown over his college career. The 6-3, 200-pound Gardner allowed a passer rating of 26.1 in coverage as a junior this season, his third straight year under 40.0. His impressive physicality and athleticism would fit well in the Ravens’ man-to-man-heavy coverage schemes. Even with Marlon Humphrey signed long-term, the defense needs reinforcements at cornerback. Marcus Peters is recovering from a torn ACL, and Jimmy Smith and Anthony Averett might have played their last game in Baltimore.

With 14 teams headed for the postseason, here’s how the top of the draft order shakes out:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. Detroit Lions
  3. Houston Texans
  4. New York Jets
  5. New York Giants
  6. Carolina Panthers
  7. New York Giants (via Chicago Bears)
  8. Atlanta Falcons
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks)
  11. Washington Football Team
  12. Minnesota Vikings
  13. Cleveland Browns
  14. Ravens
  15. Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami Dolphins)
  16. Eagles (via Indianapolis Colts)
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. New Orleans Saints