Ebony Bird round-table: Picking our favorite Baltimore Ravens draft pick
Mike Reid: Devin Duvernay
Eric DeCosta and the Ravens brass continued their stellar ways in late April, like they do every year, with another loaded draft class. DeCosta seemed to be playing a different game than most of the other GM’s across the league over the course of the 3 draft days. The Ravens’ draft class is 10 players deep, with starting talent and value all across the board. It is difficult to pick just one player that is my favorite. I can see many of these players contributing as rookies and growing into fantastic pros. That being said, there is one guy who I actually got right in mocking to the Ravens, so that makes wide receiver Devin Duvernay my personal favorite draft pick.
In my final mock draft, I had the Ravens taking the speedy former Longhorn receiver in the 4th round. It was more wishful thinking putting him that late as his production and ability was considered a day-two talent. That is exactly where the Ravens got their guy and selected Duvernay at #92 overall.
I reason I thought Duvernay was a great fit for the Ravens was his fantastic hands, his blazing 4.39 speed, and his yards after catch ability. Those three traits were very much need in the Ravens wide receiving group. I think he compliments Hollywood Brown and Miles Boykin really well as he is can be a dangerous slot machine over the middle. Duvernay will see the field as a rookie and I think we create a lot of splash plays for this Ravens offense. He will also be able to learn from veteran Willie Snead this year on how to be a pro slot receiver. By year two, Duvernay can take over Snead’s spot and be the starting slot for Lamar Jackson.
I think a really great player comparison for Duvernay is Golden Tate. Tate has been a very productive NFL slot receiver for multiple teams. He is sure-handed and great after the catch. Duvernay is smaller in height like Tate, but also built like a running back and runs through contact like one. Duvernay has the hands, YAC ability, and speed to become the Golden Tate of the Ravens offense.