Mink: I’m going to lump these two questions together because I think safety Kyle Hamilton would be my biggest shocker that could potentially happen. Hamilton seems to be a bit polarizing considering the range he showed on tape didn’t match the speed he showed in workouts. The Notre Dame star is a big-bodied safety who was dynamic both as an in-the-box tackler and back-end pass defender. He could be an elite matchup weapon in a scheme that utilizes his versatility.
The Ravens don’t have an immediate need at safety with new free-agent addition Marcus Williams and Chuck Clark as the starters. But for a team that places so much value on having a strong secondary, a player as enticing as Hamilton shouldn’t be ruled out. Mike Macdonald could certainly find ways to use him.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer has Hamilton going to the Vikings at No. 12 and The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has him landing with the Commanders at No. 12. 11. That’s not far from 14, where the Ravens would have a very interesting conversation if Hamilton were surprisingly available.
The other potential shocker would be if the Ravens were to draft a wide receiver at 14. There’s obviously way bigger needs, but Drake London, Jameson Williams, Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave are all projected to go right around the middle of the first round. Plus, wide receiver values seem to be skyrocketing around the league. If players at positions of greater need are gone and a wideout is far and away their highest-ranked player, maybe the Ravens could take a first-round receiver for the third time in four years.