Ravens Rumors: Baltimore 'Definitely Targeting' WR in Round 1 of 2021 NFL Draft

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2021

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws a pass for an interception during the second half of an NFL divisional round football game against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills won 17-3. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
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The Baltimore Ravens are "definitely targeting a wide receiver" with one of their two first-round picks in the 2021 NFL draft, according to Todd McShay of ESPN.

The Ravens already had the No. 27 pick, but they now also have No. 31 overall after a trade that sent tackle Orlando Brown to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"I'd be very surprised if a WR isn't one of those two picks," McShay added. "The other one could address the edge rush or offensive tackle."

Baltimore also has the option to package the two picks to trade up higher in the first round, potentially addressing the need at receiver with an even better prospect. Top prospects Ja'Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle will likely be long gone before the Ravens are on the clock.

There could be other options available at the end of the first round. Bleacher Report's Scouting Department had Rashod Bateman, Elijah Moore, Dyami Brown, Terrace Marshall Jr. and Rondale Moore inside the top 40 players in its latest big board.

Adding any help at receiver makes sense for the Ravens, who finished dead last in the NFL in passing yards last season. While it was a run-heavy offense that led the league in yards on the ground, there was still limited production from the wideouts even when they got the opportunity.

Marquise Brown led the team with 769 yards in 2020, while no other returning receiver had more than 300 receiving yards. The team replaced Willie Snead with Sammy Watkins in free agency, but the latter has been limited by injuries throughout his career and hasn't played a 16-game season since his rookie year in 2014.

Watkins finished last season with a career-low 421 receiving yards with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The offense could still use more weapons to help out Lamar Jackson as he tries to lead the squad to a Super Bowl title.

Even if Baltimore can't get one of the top playmakers in the 2021 class, there is still plenty of talent available that would help the team next season and beyond.


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