What kind of priority are the Ravens putting on finding a wide receiver?
It’s a question that Ravens general manager
will surely get this afternoon when he meets with reporters on the second full day of the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
While much of today’s focus will be on quarterbacks
, who are tentatively scheduled to meet with the media today, wide receivers will also interview, both with reporters and interested teams.
It’s clear that the Ravens will add another outside weapon for quarterback
, especially with the assumption that
and his sizable contract won’t be back next season. What’s less than clear is how they’ll acquire that player and how high they’ll shoot.
Are they looking for a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver, who would move
to the slot and work opposite speedster
? Or are they just looking for another No. 2 veteran wide receiver type, confident that Smith will emerge quickly as a No. 1 wide receiver? And is it possible that they eschew an extremely promising free-agent wide receiver market and get their guy in the draft?
The Ravens aren’t going to reveal their plans for all to hear, at least not two months before the draft. It’s been my opinion that they consider rebuilding their offensive line the bigger priority, along with doing contract extensions for Flacco and running back
. I’d even consider getting another pass rusher as a bigger need, though I know a lot of you will disagree.
Either way, I would think addressing all those things would make it really difficult for them to still have room under the salary cap for a top free-agent receiver like a
. I would think a couple of the second-tier free agent receivers, say a
, would be more realistic, or a veteran coming off a disappointing season like
. Wayne was roommates with Ravens safety
at the University of Miami, which has prompted the natural speculation that he could come to Baltimore this offseason.
While it’s almost being treated like a formality that they will go offensive line with the 29
pick in the draft, the Ravens could also fill their wide receiver need early in the draft. If a guy like Notre Dame’s
or South Carolina’s
or LSU’s Rueben Randle or perhaps even Rice’s buddy,