The Baltimore Ravens 2018 season is more than half-way over, and at 4-5 many fans are starting to look forward to the 2019 NFL Draft.
The annual need for the Baltimore Ravens always has, and seemingly always will be, wide receiver. Headed into the 2019 NFL Draft, the need for receivers isn’t as pressing as it has been in year’s past. Thanks to some free agent signings and draft picks, the Ravens wide receiving core isn’t half-bad. Of course, there are always room for upgrades, especially considering there’s about to be major turnover on offense.
It’s presumed that Lamar Jackson will be there Ravens starting quarterback in 2019, so adding a true no.1 receiver for him through the 2019 NFL Draft is extremely ideal. The top receiver in this draft class has to be Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry. Harry, a 6’4″ 213-lbs. junior, has been ultra-productive from day one in Tempe, Arizona. Thus far in his career as a Sun Devil, Harry has recorded 26 touchdowns (not including a passing touchdown in 2017) while showing off incredible athleticism and play-making skills after the catch. Harry is a receiver like nothing Baltimore has seen before.
A.J. Brown of Ole Miss was one of the more hyped up players headed into 2018. While he hasn’t blown up expectations, he has maintained the pace that put his name at the top of draft boards headed into 2018. Brown is a big-bodied receiver at 6’1″ 230-lbs. who wins the 50-50 ball match-ups 9/10 times. Brown is quicker than he looks and has no problem getting into the ed-zone, as evident by his 16 receiving touchdowns since 2017.
Marquise Brown has put on a show at Oklahoma in 2018 with Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Kyler Murray. Dubbed “Hollywood” because he went to a Junior College in California (Thanks, Gus Johnson), the nickname suits him well because of the star-power he brings to an offense. Brown has a legitimate claim as the fastest player in college football and is exactly the kind of receiver Baltimore salivates over. The numbers speak for themselves , but Brown is an explosive player who can take it to the house whenever he touches the ball. Oh, and for what it’s worth his cousin is Antonio Brown.
Similarly to A.J. Brown, Stanford’s JJ Arcega-Whiteside is a big-bodied touchdown maker with the Cardinal, scoring 25 touchdowns in his college career. Deebo Samuel is the other need to know name in this class. Samuel looked like a first round talent in 2017 before a leg injury ended his season abruptly. While he hasn’t been as flashy in 2018, that could just be him recuperating.