Calvin Ridley catches a pass at the NFL Combine

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Wide Receiver Help is Priority of Ravens

April 04, 2018 - 10:09 am

By Austin Medina

It’s no surprise that the Ravens need a spark offensively. After ranking 29th in passing yards last season, Joe Flacco could sure use the help.

The Ravens held the pre-draft luncheon with the media Tuesday and there were many questions about what the Ravens will do with their first-round pick in the upcoming draft.

Baltimore has addressed the situation with free agency, having signed both Michael Crabtree and Josh Brown. They have held workouts for Willie Snead and Michael Floyd. Still, with the 16th overall pick and a solid receiving class, the Ravens may need to look towards drafting their next star.

The receiving core has been a weakness for the past three seasons and the most productive receiver last season, Mike Wallace, is now with the Eagles.

The draft class has players such as Calvin Ridley, Courtland Sutton, and DJ Moore to name a few. Ridley makes the most sense, being the top receiver prospect and playing for Alabama, which Ozzie Newsome loves. Need I remind you of CJ Mosely, Tim Williams, and Marlon Humphrey?

Sutton is a huge threat that the Ravens could target, as he’s listed at 6’4 218 pounds. He ran a 4.54 in the forty-yard dash and could solidify the passing game. His stock has dropped with the likes of Moore and Christian Kirk gaining traction. There have been mock drafts projecting Sutton as a second round pick, not a first-rounder.

DJ Moore is a Maryland product, playing three seasons with the Terps. Having caught eight touchdowns last year, Moore’s speed at the combine has taken scouts by storm.  His 4.42 forty has raised his draft stock and has the Ravens giving a stronger look.

Who’s to say that the Ravens use the first round pick on a receiver? Perhaps they go for an offensive lineman, edge rusher, or even quarterback. Regardless of who is taken in the first round, the depth of the receiving class is deep enough to where the Ravens have their options.