Vast receivers enjoy to catch, but not all of them enjoy to block.
The Ravens want extensive receivers inclined to do each. As they retool their offense to fit quarterback Lamar Jackson’s abilities, the Ravens have manufactured it obvious they prepare to compliment Jackson’s dynamic jogging capacity.
When it will come to being bodily blockers, extensive receivers will not be excluded. Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman says the Ravens’ prototypical extensive receiver may possibly vary from most teams.
“Guys that can get open up, catch the ball, but I consider a single point which is special – we will need that rough guy too listed here that can go out and block a nickel, block a basic safety and earn that matchup,” Roman claimed. “I consider which is really crucial listed here as we move ahead.”
Normal Manager Eric DeCosta echoed these ideas at his press conference in January. As the Ravens prepare for subsequent week’s NFL merge, no cost company in March, and the draft in April, extensive receivers that block nicely will be on the Ravens’ radar.
Not that Baltimore will disregard less-bodily receivers, especially playmakers. A dependable deep danger at extensive receiver would be a welcome addition, offering the huge-participate in component the Ravens also look for.
And till Jackson’s throwing precision enhances, receivers with certain arms and a extensive catch radius may possibly be a superior fit than these who count on timing routes and pinpoint passes.
The Ravens will very likely have many new targets for Jackson subsequent period. Willie Snead IV (62 catches, 651 yards, a single landing) was the extensive receiver who experienced the finest chemistry with Jackson, and Snead plays with the bodily character the Ravens are looking for.
Following that, there are questions to response at extensive receiver. John Brown is a no cost agent and Michael Crabtree is a probable salary cap casualty. Brown claimed he cherished enjoying with the Ravens and that he was open up to re-signing, but his output dropped sharply after Jackson grew to become the starting up quarterback, and the Ravens may possibly consider they can uncover a superior fit.
Fourth-calendar year extensive receiver Chris Moore (19 catches, 196 yards, a single landing) is a sturdy contributor on exclusive teams, but Moore will have to establish he is completely ready for a bigger offensive job. Two extensive receivers the Ravens drafted very last calendar year are still looking for their initial NFL catch – Jaleel Scott (fourth spherical) and Jordan Lasley (fifth spherical). Scott commit the 2018 period on hurt reserve with a hamstring damage, even though Lasley was inactive all period.
Most scouts rate this as a sturdy draft for extensive receivers. Likely extensive receiver prospective clients being connected to the Ravens in the initial spherical of mock drafts include things like D.K. Metcalf (6-foot-4, 225 lbs) and A.J. Brown (6-foot-1, 230 lbs) of Ole Overlook and N’Keal Harry (6-foot-4, 213 lbs) of Arizona State.
Riley Ridley (6-foot-2, 200 lbs) of Georgia also seems to fit the prototype the Ravens may possibly like, but Ridley’s grade may well not be substantial enough for a initial-spherical select. Former Ravens scout turned NFL Community draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah claimed Georgia extensive receiver Mecole Hardman is the “perfect Raven” due to the fact of his huge-participate in capacity.
Jeremiah thinks pace is the most crucial ingredient to put all-around Jackson due to the fact the Ravens will have to consider advantage of teams stacking the box to cease the run and strike chunk plays when Jackson does throw.
The Ravens are all-in on giving Jackson weapons that go well with what they are striving to build – a bodily offensive team assists him create huge plays with each his arm and his legs. And extensive receivers inclined to block will be part of the method.
“That’s a tough placement, I consider, to draft and to scout and to build for a ton of reasons,” DeCosta claimed.
“But in the stop, I’ve figured out from Ozzie (Newsome) that the guy has to catch the football – initial and foremost. You’d like the guy to have some toughness and some pace, some route capacity, there’s a ton of various items you look for. Blocking as a extensive receiver for us is crucial. It is truly crucial. Again, we’ll hash these guys out in the draft conferences and no cost company and try to uncover the guys that fit us finest, fit our identity that we like.”