Dec 31, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Darren Waller (88) catches a touchdown pass as Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Jamerson Love (5) defends in the first half of the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Waller was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 draft by the Ravens. He played college football for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2011-2014). In his freshman year, Waller was predominately a back up wide receiver who also played on special teams.
During his next two seasons Waller played in 26 games, making 14 starts. Over those two seasons, Waller amassed 529 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns. Waller’s senior year was his most productive, when he caught 26 passes for 442 yards and scored six touchdowns.
Waller is a huge receiver who has the speed to be very effective downfield. His size and strength make it difficult to bring him down and he will be a matchup nightmare for defenses when he’s in the slot or down in the red zone. Waller can physically dominate defenders and is great in 50/50 situations, showing determination and toughness.
So who will win the competition?
I think if Marlon Brown can find the form from his rookie season he will probably be the number three receiver.
If it was up to me, I would split snaps between Brown and Waller, who is a very intriguing player. Waller is a monster of a receiver who will be a handful for a lot of defenses. He has a very high ceiling and posseses unreal speed for a player of his size. Darren could even play at tight end, as he has the size for it.
The Ravens also have receivers Jeremy Butler, Aldrick Robinson, Daniel Brown and Cam Worthy on the team who will also be trying to prove their worth this offseason. All 11 receivers have the talent to make the final 53-man roster, so we will just have to keep an eye on OTA’s and see what happens. As we found out last year, the job is truly and legitimately up for grabs.
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