3 most likely teams Commanders can trade back with in 2022 NFL Draft
By Jerry Trotta
2. Baltimore Ravens
Equipped with the No. 14 overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens could stay pat and nobody would bat an eyelash. With a pressing need at cornerback, though, they could justify swapping places with Washington in the name of pursuing Cincinnati’s Sauce Gardner or LSU’s Derek Stingley, the top corners in this year’s class.
Of course, anything can happen in the draft and one (or both) of Gardner and Stingely could be available at pick No. 14. However, nearly all of the latest mocks suggest they’ll be off the board, meaning Baltimore would have to pivot to Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum or the best edge rusher remaining.
At pick No. 11, the Ravens would have much more flexibility. Not only would it increase their chances of drafting Gardner or Stingley, but they could mess around and draft Kyle Hamilton if he’s still hanging around.
In fact, Pro Football Focus analyst Conor McQuiston recently pegged Baltimore as the best fit for the Notre Dame superstar. Blessed with the versatility to fill multiple roles on defense, Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald would love nothing there than to inject Hamilton’s playmaking ability into his defense.
We’re obviously just spit-balling here, but the Ravens are very clearly a win-now team and motivated to rebound after injuries derailed their 2021 season. If they do their pre-draft due-diligence feel as though one of Gardner, Stingley or Hamilton can be had a few picks earlier, Washington could be their match made in heaven.