The Baltimore Ravens had to sign Odell Beckham Jr. It not only may help them with the Lamar Jackson situation, but if you look at their depth chart you quickly see why they did this. The room was not looking good, and they were getting too desperate as they entered the 2023 NFL draft.
Now, they are not forced to take someone round one, and if they can make the money work, then why not? With Beckham in the mix, the question becomes how the depth chart will look?
Baltimore Ravens updated wide receiver depth chart
X - Rashod Bateman
Rashod Bateman will still be the X, and when he was healthy he was a big play wide receiver who was ascending in this league. If he can get back that way, this room could really be onto something. Still, the questions with Bateman is why Beckham was so essential.
Z - Odell Beckham
Beckham slots into the Z role. This is good for him because they put him in motion off of the football, which allows him to take handoffs and get the ball in his hands quickly. He can also move in and out of the slot when needed. The duo of Beckham and Bateman sounds great on paper but comes with a lot of health risks.
Slot - Nelson Agholor
Nelson Agholor has moved in and out of the slot through his career. With Bateman almost never moving into the slot, and Beckham just playing there part-time, that appears to be his role. It also makes you wonder if Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Jordan Addison is ahead of Quentin Johnston because of their slot ability.
4. Devin Duvernay
What you may see is Duvernay beat out Agholor for the slot role. Agholor is probably better equipped to play all three roles and will be the emergency fourth guy, while Duvernay is just a slot. Still, the slot snaps may be split between Duvernay and Agholor.
5. Tylan Wallace
The one thing that Wallace has going for him is that he is a four-phase special teams option, and he is not a return man. He brings value to a few units. Still, any draft pick pushes him to six, and they may only carry five wideouts, to begin with.
6. James Proche
We are getting close to the end of the line with James Proche. His skill set is redundant to Duvernay, who is a better wideout and return man.
Depth: Shemar Bridges, Mike Thomas, Andy Isabella