The Ravens bought themselves some time to iron out the future of their receiving corps by signing former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith in March. However, he turns 35 years old in May—he's not going to be a long-term fixture on the field.
Wide receiver is a pressing need in this draft, but it's one the Ravens can afford to leave to the third round considering how deep this soon-to-be rookie class runs at the position.
What they need is a reliable mid-range receiver who runs strong routes and can complement tight end Dennis Pitta. LSU's Jarvis Landry fits this mold perfectly and could still be on the board when the team picks in the middle of the third round.
Landry caught 77 passes for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2013, doubling his yardage and touchdown totals from the previous year. He's a possession receiver who works out of the slot, with the requisite toughness and good route running for the position.
As Bleacher Report's Ryan McCrystal notes, he was also a "reliable checkdown option at LSU," which could help improve Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's completion percentage in short-yardage passes. Landry might not be the fastest receiver, but that won't matter when he's paired up with Torrey Smith.
The Ravens need to round out their receiving corps with a player like Landry. Should he make it to the third round, they will find in him a reliable receiver who can make Flacco's life easier and streamline the transition from an older player like Smith.