3 wide receivers the Ravens should target on Day 2 of the draft
1. George Pickens
Number one on this list is number one for the Georgia Bulldogs, none other than George Pickens.
Pickens’ technical ability may appeal the Ravens the most — more than any other receiver in his class, Pickens arguably makes the most of his physical traits to create separation between defenders.
That’s not to say Pickens isn’t a naturally athletic player, but he knows what his strengths are and capitalizes on them.
In his senior year at Georgia, Pickens recorded 36 catches for 513 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 14.3 yards per catch. An ACL injury suffered in his sophomore year may cause him to fall down the boards a bit, but he’s still widely considered one of the best remaining receiver prospects and will more than likely get taken on Day 2.
Scouts say there are concerns about Pickens’ character; despite being a receiver, his in-game footage reveals he may more so embody the large personality and nasty attitude of a trash-talking corner.
But Marlon Humphrey gave Pickens his seal of approval, as did Lamar Jackson a week ago.
Given the current state of the Ravens’ wide receiver room, any rookie will have a hard time adjusting to the scheme when the current WR1 is essentially Rashod Bateman.
Pickens may adapt quicker and better than most with his refined skillset, and Baltimore should definitely keep him in its sights on Day 2 of the draft.
Would we prefer the Ravens to trade a significant chunk of draft capital to get Deebo? Probably.
But such is not the tried-and-true strategy for Eric DeCosta, and we should see the team make shrewd moves for young talent at wide receiver, among other needy positions, tonight.