Baltimore Ravens Draft History With Wide Receivers is Not So Good

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Jan 3, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA USA; Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith (82) celebrates with receiver Jacoby Jones (12) after an 11-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter during an AFC wild card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 30-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Since 1996, when the Baltimore Ravens came to be, they have drafted 21 wide receivers in total. Despite their overall draft success over the years, General Manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens haven’t had much success when it come to finding receiver talent.

The Ravens are well aware of the issue, as both Newsome and Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta recently acknowledged that there have been some struggles over the years finding wide receivers who can and will succeed.

The Ravens have a good history of drafting very talented players on defense and at most offensive positions, but things have simply been hit and miss when it comes to receivers. One of the reasons, especially in recent years, could be that there are no top wide receivers available when it’s the Ravens turn in the draft.  Not to mention, the Ravens usually have a best player on the board mentality.

As we gear up for the 2015 draft (hoping that this will be the year we break the trend), let’s take a look at some Baltimore Ravens draft history and the more notable wide receiver picks the team has made over the years.

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