Baltimore Ravens: 3 ways to get better in the NFL Draft
The 2017 NFL Draft is virtually just a month away and it is going to be crucial for the Baltimore Ravens.
The early stages of free agency have been far more eventful for the Ravens than the organisation and fans are used to and it has brought some high-profile and seemingly great changes to the roster, however, holes still remain. So how can the Ravens make sure they continue on their upward trajectory following free agency through the draft?
Add More Versatile Receivers
As it stands, the Ravens wide receiver room has a few nice pieces but lacks much diversity in skill set. In Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace they have two nice deep threats, Michael Campanaro is a nice ball carrier and slot receiver and then they have a decent mix of young players who could fill basic roles.
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They do have a very deep tight end group, all of whom can fill more of a possession/chain mover roll, but another possession receiver or better-rounded receiver would not go amiss.
Though the talent at the top of the wide receiver draft class is possibly not as high as it has been in recent years, this group of incoming receivers is pretty deep. If Mike Williams or Corey Davis fell to the Ravens at #16 in the first round it would be ridiculous to not pick them.
Both players are very talented and would be able to step into a true number one receiver role very quickly, if not immediately. They are both big bodied, aggressive receivers who can go up and get it and offer great after the catch ability.
Plan B At Wide Receiver:
After the first round is where real value comes in. Alongside the 5 receivers that we have already mentioned as possible targets there are a number of intriguing receiver prospects that could blossom into real play makers for this offense.
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Cooper Kupp is the best route runner in the draft. He would immediately be the second best route runner on the team. Along with his routes his hands are very, very reliable and he does an excellent job of catching any pass thrown his way. He isn’t a blazer but he can create big plays and moves the chains very regularly. He may be coming out of FCS Eastern Washington but his production and tape is legit. I compare him to Jarvis Landry and someone like that could be great for the Ravens to compliment the speed they have at the position.
Josh Reynolds of Texas A&M has long been an under the radar player in the SEC despite consistently putting up decent numbers amid QB controversies. Reynolds has 30 career touchdowns in 3-years at A&M and displays excellent ball skills on vertical throws and contested catches. His frame isn’t strikingly big but he could be the type of red-zone threat the Ravens have lacked for several years with his ability to go up and get the ball. He’d be a valuable asset to Flacco and the offense and a great compliment to Wallace and Perriman.