Baltimore Ravens rookies get their numbers: 3 big things
2. The Ravens have a type at wide receiver:
The Baltimore Ravens have three receivers who aren’t big bodied targets and who aim to get the job done with speed, quickness and good hands. It started last year with Marquise Brown. The Ravens double dipped in the 2020 NFL Draft by drafting Devin Duvernay and James Proche. Brown is listed at 5’9″ and 170 pounds. Duvernay is listed at 5’10” and 200 pounds. Proche is listed as 5’11” and 201 pounds. Brown is number 15. Duvernay is number 13. Proche is number 11. The one big bodied target the Ravens have at wide receiver is Miles Boykin and he’s number 80. It may not have been intentional but the Ravens have their undersized trio with very similar numbers.
The numbers just go with everything the Ravens are trying to build at this spot on the depth chart. When has a team tried to make almost the entirety of their production from the wide receiver position be produced by four receivers who are all in their first or second year in the league? When has a team in the NFL had all but one of it’s notable receivers under six feet tall? Remember, Willie Snead is listed at 5’11” and 200 pounds, putting him in the same exact body type as Brown, Duvernay and Proche. This has a chance to be as revolutionary as what the Ravens have done with Lamar Jackson.
If the Ravens are successful with this group of wide receivers, other teams are going to take note of how they built the group. Just like with the position groups of the offensive line, tight ends and inside linebackers, the wide receiver group is almost entirely built out of recent draft picks. So while their numbers are just something to get excited about as we enter the dog days of offseason, it’s cool that the Ravens young receiving trio all has numbers in between 10-19.