Ravens don’t draft a single WR after trading Marquise Brown
The Baltimore Ravens made a total of 11 selections over the course of the last three days, and despite trading away wide receiver Marquise Brown, the Ravens didn’t add a single new wideout to their roster.
That’s not to say the Ravens didn’t have an incredibly successful and impactful draft — far from it. In fact, the Ravens have been receiving near-universal praise for a draft class that could land the organization a number of franchise cornerstones.
But the fact that the Ravens didn’t draft a single wide receiver is, at the very least, surprising.
The Ravens drafted multiple tight ends, a punter, and a running back, yet they didn’t feel the value was there with a wide receiver. That’s certainly left some fans scratching their heads.
Is it a problem that the Ravens didn’t draft a wide receiver?
The Hollywood Brown trade caught many off guard, but given the circumstances, it’s safe to say that the Ravens made the best out of a potentially bad situation. But after trading Brown, it seemed destined that the Ravens would draft at least one wide receiver.
However, pick after pick went by, including six in the fourth round, and the Ravens never picked one up. They simply didn’t feel the value was there.
Now, it’s not as if they ignored the offense. They drafted two tight ends, an offensive tackle, and a running back. Lamar Jackson should be a happy man despite his lack of wide receiver help.
Charlie Kolar and Isaiah Likely give the Ravens much-needed tight end depth and both players, especially Likely, could be split out wide if need be. The Ravens added pass catchers.
Even running back Tyler Badie could help in that respect as the Missouri standout was extremely productive as a receiver last season, finishing with 54 catches for 330 yards and four touchdowns in the air.
If the Ravens didn’t think the value was there to draft a wide receiver, then it’s better not to reach for need. That seemed to be the theme of the Ravens’ draft strategy this year. Best player available, regardless of the position.
Only time will tell if this strategy works out in the long run. The Ravens could always explore the free-agent market to add some depth to the position.
It’s hard to be upset about the haul the Ravens landed, but most would have at least been a little more comfortable with a wide receiver addition.