Ravens fans want deep threat WR as Texas star often linked to Baltimore

Ravens fans want a vertical threat out wide badly.
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Once again, the Baltimore Ravens will head into the NFL Draft with a hole at one of their wide receiver spots that needs to be filled. With Odell Beckham Jr. not coming back and Rashod Bateman an uninspiring WR2, the Ravens might use a top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft on a pass catcher for Lamar Jackson.

While the Ravens are picking No. 30 overall in the draft, a deep class could push the likes of Texas' Xavier Worthy, Oregon's Troy Franklin, and Georgia's Ladd McConkey (among others) into Baltimore's range.

If the fans had their way, the Ravens would eschew taking an offensive lineman or pass rusher with their first-round pick. With Lamar Jackson in need of more perimeter talent, the fans are all in on the idea of bringing a premium perimeter athlete to Baltimore.

According to PFF, Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell was Baltimore's most popular selection in their mock draft simulator. While Worthy may be the headline-stealer due to his speed, it's not a hot take to say that Mitchell is the better overall prospect and the player more likely to be destined for pro success.

Baltimore Ravens fans want to draft Texas WR Adonai Mitchell

While Mitchell recorded 55 catches for 845 yards last season, both of which were inferior to Worthy, his 11 touchdowns far exceed Worthy's five. Mitchell did that with a very inconsistent quarterback in Quinn Ewers, who didn't always deliver the most catchable ball in the world.

Mitchell's outstanding Relative Athletic Score (RAS) ranks fifth out of more than 3,100 receivers tested since 1987. At 6-2 and 205 pounds, Mitchell blew up the NFL Combine with a 4.34 40-yard dash, 1.48 10-yard split, and 11-foot broad jump. From a physical point of view, few in the class can even hold a candle to him.

Mitchell may need to work on some concentration drops, but his skills, from a measurable point of view, are simply tremendous. With great vertical speed, ball skills, and route-running all mixed into one package, Mitchell's main sell will be the idea of him sliding right into a starting lineup and contributing immediately.

Even if the Ravens are hopeful Rashod Bateman can put it all together this year, Mitchell is in a class of his own as an athlete. If the Ravens come out of the first few rounds without picking a wide receiver, this fanbase might be a bit irritated by DeCosta's decision-making.