Ravens Draft: 3 mid-round WRs to compliment Odell Beckham Jr.
By Ryan Heckman
The Baltimore Ravens made the move of the weekend when they signed veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a 1-year deal worth as much as $18 million, with $15 million guaranteed.
The signing came Sunday evening, amidst a past few days that has seen the Ravens threaten going a different direction altogether at quarterback. But, the Beckham signing now makes it seem more of a possibility that quarterback Lamar Jackson sticks around.
Signing Beckham could have a domino effect, bringing Lamar Jackson back to Baltimore on a new contract, but also leading the team to continue adding weapons around their franchise quarterback.
The Ravens' top three wide receivers now include Beckham, Nelson Agholor and Rashod Bateman. But, they could afford to spend a mid-round pick on another one in the 2023 NFL Draft. So, which guys could be worthy of using either their third or fourth-round pick? Let's talk about three particular options.
Wide receivers the Ravens could add in the 2023 NFL Draft to compliment Odell Beckham Jr.: Trey Palmer, Nebraska
While Beckham certainly adds a speed factor, assuming he's healthy, the Ravens still need more of that surrounding Jackson. Agholor isn't going to give the Ravens a lot of that, while Bateman came into the league running an impressive 4.39 in his 40-yard dash. Now, injuries have plagued Bateman, but hopefully he can stay healthy and see an upward trajectory from here.
Nebraska's Trey Palmer would be a solid pick in the fourth round, if he's there. The former Cornhusker stands 6-feet tall and ran a blistering 4.33 at the Combine. So, if you want speed, Palmer's got it.
For those who like the fact that Tyreek Hill competes in track, Palmer is a former High School sprint champion. He has wheels. But, he's more than just speed. Palmer is phenomenal at winning 50/50 balls and uses tremendous athleticism to make it look routine.
He's also great at breaking in and out of routes, allowing him to separate at a high level. If the Ravens want another speedster to give this offense a boost, Palmer is a good value here in the fourth.