Steelers drafted Calvin Austin one pick before the Ravens would have

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The Steelers scored a win over the Ravens on the third day of the 2022 NFL draft.

Pittsburgh selected wide receiver Calvin Austin in the fourth round with the 138th overall pick, and the Ravens, with the 139th pick, were set to take Austin if the Steelers hadn’t.

Peter King was inside the Ravens’ draft room for this week’s Football Morning in America, and he heard how much the Ravens wanted Austin to fall to them at No. 139.

Gotta be kidding me,” someone blurted out in the Ravens’ draft room when their biggest rival got the player they wanted.

Austin caught 74 passes for 1,149 yards and eight touchdowns at Memphis last season, and he also competed on Memphis’s track team and ran a a 4.32-second 40-yard dash. Austin has the athletic profile of a player who could go a long way toward replacing what the Ravens lost when they traded Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to the Cardinals. Instead the Ravens will have to face him twice a year.

15 responses to “Steelers drafted Calvin Austin one pick before the Ravens would have

  1. I’d love to hear about all these types of scenarios. I’m sort of a draft nerd, I guess. I like back stories more than the actual event (I just watched the movie Breach and can’t wait to learn more about the details about what went on).

  2. This should be shown to anyone that thinks a team picked a player too early, like the Patriots. Trade up or make the pick a round earlier than what the “experts” say. If you want a player, you get him. You can’t just hope they fall to you.

  3. Calvin Austin said “Thank god!” When he heard this news also!

  4. Going back to the 2015 draft, the exact same scenario (reversed) was speculated on in regards to Maxx Williams. The pundits claimed the Steelers were going to take Williams in the 2nd round. The Ravens, being the perpetual trolls of the NFL, traded up to snatch Williams before the Steelers pick, giving up their 2nd and 5th picks for the move. After the smoke cleared, the Steelers adamantly denied wanting Williams and claimed that Senquez Golson was their pick the entire team. The move by the Ravens was lauded at the time, as is every Ravens pick for some reason. Neither pick worked out in the long run and both players had forgettable careers. Long story short, do not covet what thine neighbor has.

  5. I wanted the Pats to snag him so bad with pick 137….. I just think the kid, if used properly, is gonna be something special…..I thought he’d be a great slot/gadget guy & occasionally used as an outside deep threat…
    Think the Steelers got themselves a steal with that pick…..

  6. With a QB who runs 90% of the time and throws to the TE the other 10%, what’s the point of drafting a WR anyhow?!

  7. The Ravens has 4 picks in the 4th round before the Steelers took Austin. They took Punter with one of them. If they wanted Austin, they had many opportunities to take him. For them to act shocked and disappointed when a guy the passed over 4 times in the 4th round gets taken one pick before them is just ridiculous.

  8. I understand why. There’s tape out there of there of Austin smoking the great Sauce Gardner on several occasions during their match-up. Doesn’t show up in the stat sheet because the Memphis QB was either rushed or couldn’t make the throw (sacked). I believe Gardner said Austin was his toughest match-up.

  9. The Ravens seem to get the guys the Steelers are targeting all the time. Mostly defensive players because they look for similar styles of play.

  10. Austin commented that he didn’t like the way the ravens were planning on using him and asked for a trade to Arizona to play with his good buddy Kyler.

  11. No prob for Ravens, who believe they can win if they run 90% of the time. I’m actually surprised they didn’t draft 3 RBs and an Option QB.

  12. Austin wouldn’t of helped much in replacing Hollywood Brown as Austin is nowhere near as good as Hollywood is. The only thing they have in common as talents is both have elite explosive speed.

  13. charltonhestonsvest says:
    May 2, 2022 at 7:59 am
    Going back to the 2015 draft, the exact same scenario (reversed) was speculated on in regards to Maxx Williams. The pundits claimed the Steelers were going to take Williams in the 2nd round. The Ravens, being the perpetual trolls of the NFL, traded up to snatch Williams before the Steelers pick, giving up their 2nd and 5th picks for the move. After the smoke cleared, the Steelers adamantly denied wanting Williams and claimed that Senquez Golson was their pick the entire team. The move by the Ravens was lauded at the time, as is every Ravens pick for some reason. Neither pick worked out in the long run and both players had forgettable careers. Long story short, do not covet what thine neighbor has
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    Big 6”5 Maxx Williams has been a very good TE when healthy. Williams is arguably the best run/pass blocking TE and an above average receiving TE, he was on pace for a huge season receiving last year before a dirty low hit right directly on the side of his knee injured that knee and ended his season. Now fully healthy when the season kicks off he’ll probably be mostly just a blocker w/ some receiving duties but that’s only because he’s part of one of the best TE rooms in the NFL with AZ having an Elite receiving TE Zac Ertz n AZ drafted the best TE in the Nation in Mackey award winner 6”5 TE Trey McBride who’s a YAC monster and a beast of a receiving TE.

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