Ebony Bird Round Table: The ideal pick for Baltimore Ravens at 22
Richard Bradshaw (Site Expert): N’Keal Harry, WR (Arizona State)
I’ve been talking about N’Keal Harry needing to be the pick for the Baltimore Ravens for months now, and I’m really getting upset that it hasn’t yet. But in less than two weeks, hopefully Harry will finally be rocking the black and purple.
What more could you want in a wide receiver that Harry doesn’t have? Harry tested exceptionally well at the 2019 NFL Combine and had ridiculous stats and tape during his three years at Arizona State University. Harry maintains the body type and overall ability to be a team’s X-receiver from day one, and this is something that the Baltimore Ravens are in desperate need of.
The biggest benefactor that Harry would bring to Baltimore would be his large catch radius. As Lamar Jackson continues to acclimate to the NFL, it is imperative that the Ravens give him tools to improve his weaknesses, with his biggest being accuracy. Having someone like Harry would allow Jackson to throw the ball in his area consistently, and with confidence, knowing that he’ll come down with the ball more often than not.
But more than anything, the Ravens must surround Jackson with offensive weapons to grow with. Baltimore’s biggest mistake during the Joe Flacco era was failing to give him a good enough supporting cast; the team cannot make the same fatal error with Jackson.
Adding Harry gives the Ravens a true no.1 receiver the likes this franchise has never seen before, and will begin creating a nucleus for heavy offensive firepower for years to come.