Eric DeCosta: You could draft a starting wideout in fifth round this year

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The depth of the wide receiver class in this year’s draft has been talked about a lot over the last few months and the topic came up again when Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta spoke to reporters on Thursday.

DeCosta followed popular opinion by saying that the group is “kind of stacked” with players who he believes can contribute at the NFL level. That means that the Ravens or another team could strike gold well after the first round has come to an end.

“I think it’s just the amount of really good players in the draft at that position. In most years, you probably expect those players to fill up the first three rounds,” DeCosta said, via the team’s website. “We think this year that there’s a really good chance to get a guy that can probably be a starter for you in the fifth round of the draft.”

DeCosta said he expects former Oklahoma star CeeDee Lamb will be “long gone” before the Ravens are up with the 28th pick. There will likely be others off the board by that point, but Denzel Mims, Laviska Shenault, Jalen Reagor, Michael Pittman Jr. and others should hang around a bit longer.

However things shake out at the top of the first round, it doesn’t sound like there will be too much worry in Baltimore about finding a player to make things more difficult on opposing defenses.

14 responses to “Eric DeCosta: You could draft a starting wideout in fifth round this year

  1. It’s only as deep as the run at the position. If 10 wideouts get taken in the first 2 rounds, the depth isn’t there in the 5th.

  2. The Ravens have been the worst in the NFL at drafting WRs, but Hollywood Brown looks like the first step in the right direction. And yeah, whoever they pick will have to block cause Hollywood at 150 lbs ain’t gonna block much. Little doubt they will probably pick one in 2nd or 3rd round (4 picks total)

  3. allthingshudson says:
    April 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    The Ravens have been the worst in the NFL at drafting WRs, but Hollywood Brown looks like the first step in the right direction. And yeah, whoever they pick will have to block cause Hollywood at 150 lbs ain’t gonna block much. Little doubt they will probably pick one in 2nd or 3rd round (4 picks total)

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    Eh Pats have probably been worse.

  4. “savethebs says:
    April 9, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    Eh Pats have probably been worse.”

    I will try to find a comparison – saw a list once of all Ravens WRs drafted since ’96 and it is scary bad – Torrey Smith may be the best

  5. allthingshudson says:
    April 9, 2020 at 1:26 pm
    “savethebs says:
    April 9, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    Eh Pats have probably been worse.”

    I will try to find a comparison – saw a list once of all Ravens WRs drafted since ’96 and it is scary bad – Torrey Smith may be the best

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    Yeah under Ozzie their track record at receiver hasn’t been stellar but I’m hoping EDC with Brown and Boykin changes that. Will be interesting to see what they do with that position. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a TE come in before a receiver, more likely WR comes after someone to play MLB where they got kinda decimated this year.

  6. Sounds like he’s trying to convince teams drafting ahead of them to wait until the fifth round to get a wide receiver.

  7. Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    April 9, 2020 at 2:03 pm
    Sounds like he’s trying to convince teams drafting ahead of them to wait until the fifth round to get a wide receiver.

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    Exactly what I thought. Red Auerebach used to do this in the NBA. Completely dog a college player only to pick him.

  8. savethebs says:
    April 9, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    allthingshudson says:
    April 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm
    The Ravens have been the worst in the NFL at drafting WRs, but Hollywood Brown looks like the first step in the right direction. And yeah, whoever they pick will have to block cause Hollywood at 150 lbs ain’t gonna block much. Little doubt they will probably pick one in 2nd or 3rd round (4 picks total)

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    Eh Pats have probably been worse.

    9 6 Rate This

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    Laughable.

    Pats system is very complex but additions like David Patten, Deion Branch, David Givens, Wes Welker (UDFA cut by SD, ditched by Miami) making him what he was before he was anything, Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell before his knee issues, etc, were all good or great.

    NE traditionally doesn’t draft high for a WR. 2nd rd Chad Jackson was the highest choice ever and he did fail. We shall see where Harry and Meyers fall.

    But, no one corners the market like overrated and covered for (by Ray Ray and Ed Reed) like Ozzie Newsome, with Perriman being the most recent disaster.

  9. allthingshudson says:
    April 9, 2020 at 1:26 pm
    “savethebs says:
    April 9, 2020 at 1:06 pm
    Eh Pats have probably been worse.”

    I will try to find a comparison – saw a list once of all Ravens WRs drafted since ’96 and it is scary bad – Torrey Smith may be the best

    7 1 Rate This

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    That’s what I was going to say. Torrey Smith. Stokley was good. Identifying WR talent is not Ozzie’s specialty. At all.

  10. This is why the Bills giving up all those picks to get a headcase with a huge salary like Diggs is a very poor decision.

  11. Ravens should be barred from commenting on what it looks like to draft a WR. Other than Torrey they’ve never drafted a number 1 receiver. Just shush about it until you figure out the problem

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