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1. Torrey Smith
After a breakout campaign, Smith will be even more effective in 2014 thanks to the other weapons that will draw attention and free up Smith for some one-on-one opportunities.
The former Terrapin has improved every offseason, so there is no reason to expect anything different this time around. Expect a more well-rounded Smith to show up by the time the new season rolls around.
2. Steve Smith
At 34 years old, some are questioning what Steve Smith still has in the tank. The answer is plenty to excel in the role he’ll play for Baltimore.
Smith won’t be asked to make big plays but the contested, intermediate catches that move the chains. He has the toughness and veteran savvy to get the job done, and he’s just the type of security blanket that Joe Flacco has always needed (from Derrick Mason to Anquan Boldin to Smith).
3. Marlon Brown
Marlon Brown was a revelation in his rookie year and has the talent and size to be the third receiver ahead of Jacoby Jones. Realistically, Jones and Brown will get the same amount of playing time, but Brown gets the edge on this depth chart because he has more upside.
4. Jacoby Jones
Jacoby Jones’ primary value is as an All-Pro returner, but he is a big-play receiver for Joe Flacco’s cannon arm and showcased a greater route-running tree over his limited action last year.
5. Deonte Thompson
Deonte Thompson won’t have a big role in the receiving corps, especially if the Ravens add a receiver like many are projecting, but he’s a great No. 5 option with the speed to blow the top off the defense from the slot or outside the numbers.
6. Aaron Mellette
Aaron Mellette was sidelined by an injury for his entire rookie year, and as a small-school prospect he figures to benefit from a year of coaching and practicing with the team. It’s unlikely that he sees the field in 2014, but you should keep an eye on how he develops.