Ravens select Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman with 27th pick

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Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta said it was insulting to suggest his team didn’t have any receivers.

But even with the faith DeCosta showed in the existing receivers on Baltimore’s roster, he felt like adding to the position with their first-round pick on Thursday night.

The Ravens selected Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman with the 27th overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Bateman is the fifth wide receiver selected in the first round behind Ja'Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, Devonta Smith and Kadarius Toney.

Bateman had just five games played for Minnesota last season, but in his final full year with the team in 2019 he caught 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns in earning first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Bateman joins Sammy Watkins, Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Jaylon Moore and James Proche along options at receiver with the Ravens for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

9 responses to “Ravens select Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman with 27th pick

  1. Yawn. LJ can’t get him the ball anyway, why does it matter? WR’s come he for career suicide.

  2. Anyone who watches knows Jackson is always looking to throw first but has lacked quality targets. Mark my words, with weapons like this at his disposal WRs will be BEGGING to come to Baltimore this time next year.

  3. So glad he didn’t get to the Packers. He’s going to make Jackson want to pass more often.

  4. Great kid, more speed than is given credit for, runs great routes and has good ball skills. Just an all around great player. Ravens fans will love him.

  5. As a Ravens fan I’m happy for Lamar. He deserves top notch weapons like all the other young QBs who have stalwarts to throw to at WR and pretty much catch every throw, errant or otherwise. If you look at the Ravens drop rates, you’ll be astonished. The worst in the league. Hopefully, while this isn’t DeAndre Hopkins, he’ll surely improve upon the catch rates for receivers. I’m happy for Lamar because he won’t have to do it all by himself.

  6. So when Lamar throws for 180 yards again per game and Bateman hauls in a whopping 600 yards next season, will it be Bateman’s fault? The O line? The sun getting in Lamar’s eyes?
    At what point do you run out of excuses and accept the reality that is so painfully obvious: you have a running back playing QB.

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