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Ravens won’t hesitate to take a wide receiver in the first round

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Among the players that have visited with the Ravens in the pre-draft process have been wide receivers Mike Williams and John Ross, which comes as little surprise given the way the offseason has played out thus far.

Steve Smith retired and Kamar Aiken left for the Colts as a free agent, leaving the team with little on the depth chart behind Mike Wallace and Brett Perriman. During a Wednesday press conference, assistant G.M. Eric DeCosta said he thought Williams and Ross were both worthy of a grade that put them in the mix for the 16th overall pick and put Corey Davis and JuJu Smith-Schuster as being somewhere in that range as well.

That may not mean the Ravens turn in a card with one of those names come April 27, but General Manager Ozzie Newsome said that having taken Perriman in the first round two years ago won’t preclude them from adding another one early this year.

“No, that would have [no bearing],” Newsome said. “If we feel like the best player at 16 is a wide receiver, and we feel like he’s going to come in and help Joe [Flacco] and help the other guys, we’ll turn that card in in a hurry.”

With needs in the secondary and a desire to add to their pass rushing options, the Ravens aren’t likely to be locked in to a receiver in the first round but picking one may wind up making the most sense.

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21 Responses to “Ravens won’t hesitate to take a wide receiver in the first round”
  1. ceejayb says: Apr 6, 2017 8:42 AM

    Brett Perriman, you say?

  2. ilovemyravens says: Apr 6, 2017 8:45 AM

    As someone who is not a close friend of the organization, I’ll greatly pray that Mike Williams falls to us.

  3. jaycitie says: Apr 6, 2017 8:48 AM

    If we pick a WR at 16 it has to be either Corey Davis or Mike Williams. Don’t feel like we need another speedster in John Ross, but I wouldn’t be completely against it. Otherwise wait until round 2 or 3 to get a WR and help our secondary or pass rush with the 16th pick. I don’t see him getting out of the top 10, but boy would I love to see us draft Corey Davis.

  4. spreadems says: Apr 6, 2017 8:51 AM

    Who is Brett Perriman?

  5. hehateme2 says: Apr 6, 2017 8:56 AM

    You cant relay on Mike Wallace-that’s a given

  6. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 6, 2017 9:00 AM

    god no

  7. jasongould04 says: Apr 6, 2017 9:05 AM

    Brett Perriman isn’t an NFL player Breshad is!

  8. rexdarteskimospy says: Apr 6, 2017 9:06 AM

    I just don’t trust any wide receiver named Mike Williams.

  9. guitarkevin says: Apr 6, 2017 9:08 AM

    The only way to break a curse is to keep trying. Am I right?

  10. bassplucker says: Apr 6, 2017 9:14 AM

    Mike Williams would be a great fit in their offense, but not sure he’ll still be there at 16.

  11. jjackwagon says: Apr 6, 2017 9:29 AM

    One thing you can take to the bank…whoever a team “says” they are looking at on April 6th is NOT the guy they will draft on April 27th.

  12. jacktheraven says: Apr 6, 2017 9:30 AM

    Brett is Brshard’s father.

  13. peckerneckfred says: Apr 6, 2017 9:33 AM

    Why can’t the Ravens develop a wide receiver Josh Alper? I guess it is an Unsolved Mystery!

  14. mountaingirl39 says: Apr 6, 2017 9:37 AM

    Brett is the evil twin who isn’t always hurt.

  15. magnumpimustache says: Apr 6, 2017 9:55 AM

    If I was the GM I would think outside the box and look for a basketball player.

    Basketball players are great at Jump Balls

  16. fullbacksarepeopletoo says: Apr 6, 2017 10:00 AM

    “If I was the GM I would think outside the box and look for a basketball player.

    Basketball players are great at Jump Balls”

    Joe hasn’t been “Jumpball Joe” in at least 2 years. Baltimore has been criticizing him for the dink-and-dunk plays that he’s been running for the past two seasons. If his primary isn’t open, he’s passing to the check down. I’d kill for Jumpball Joe right now.

  17. nhpats says: Apr 6, 2017 10:29 AM

    The Ravens should not hesitate to find a new QB. Not going to win anything with Flacco

  18. swatteamsherman says: Apr 6, 2017 12:07 PM

    Nhpats – They’ve won a SB with Joe. Also won in Fauxboro plenty of times. You’re just mad because this is Tommy’s last year, hence BB going all in, and after that the fun is over. Back to being nobodys. Even the great Roman empire fell, nothing lasts forever.

  19. THX 138 says: Apr 6, 2017 12:13 PM

    Drafting a WR or a RB in the early 1st Rd is usually a wasted pick.

  20. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Apr 6, 2017 12:16 PM

    Its amazes me how so many teams fail to address the WR position when the NFL has turned into a heavy passing league.

    It also amazes me how the NFL has devalued RBs and hyped overrated DEs who have proven time and again do not impact substantially the Win Total

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 6, 2017 1:40 PM

    Mike Williams is injury prone. Ravens should Go with Malachi Dupre in later rounds. Dupre has more TDs at LSU than Odell Beckham. Amazing feat given LSU’s offense revolved around Fournette and a no name QB.

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