Ravens projected to trade for speedy NFC wide receiver

Ravens, Scotty Miller (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Ravens, Scotty Miller (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens revamped a number of positions on their roster this offseason, but one position that remains unproven is the wide receiver spot.

Following the Marquise Brown trade, the Ravens opted not to address the wide receiver position in the draft. The result is an inexperienced, unproven crop of young players at the position entering the summer.

That’s why many believe the Ravens could make a move for a wide receiver prior to the start of the 2022 season. One such individual is Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton who recently suggested that the Ravens “should trade” for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Scotty Miller.

Miller was mostly an afterthought in the Buccaneers’ offense last season, but he’s proven in the past that he can contribute to an NFL offense.

"“Miller’s lack of impact was shocking, considering the success he found with Tom Brady in their first year together. The speedy 5’9″, 174-pounder averaged 15.2 yards per catch and totaled 501 yards and three scores in 2020. He’s stuck behind the deepest receiving corps in the league but would catch on in Baltimore with his ability to get open quickly.Baltimore opted against adding another quality receiver despite moving Marquise Brown during the NFL draft, creating a massive hole that Miller could fill for a much cheaper price.”"

Scotty Miller is a feasible trade target for the Ravens

A sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Miller played sparingly with the Bucs as a rookie before becoming an important part of the team’s offense in 2020.

The former Bowling Green standout hauled in 33 catches for 501 yards and three touchdowns in his second NFL season and helped lead his team to a Super Bowl victory after some impressive postseason performances.

But for whatever reason, Miller found himself sliding down the depth chart this past season. He was hampered by a toe injury that forced him to spend time on the injured reserve, but even when he was healthy, he struggled to find playing time.

Miller caught just five passes for 38 yards while playing just over 20 percent of offensive snaps. He was even rendered a healthy scratch at a point later in the season.

Entering the 2022 season, Miller once again finds himself buried on the depth chart. He’s very much someone who needs a change of scenery, and given the Ravens’ obvious need at wide receiver, this swap does make some sense.

Wharton suggested that the Ravens could send a fifth-round pick to Tampa Bay in exchange for Miller, but I’d be willing to bet that he could possibly be had for even less. After all, he’s entering the final year of his rookie contract and isn’t even a lock to make the final roster.

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If the Ravens want to trade for a wide receiver this summer, they could so worse than the speedy Scotty Miller.