This week's SB Nation mock draft gives the Ravens options.
Dan Kadar still has the Ravens taking Ohio State receiver Devin Smith with the 26th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. But this time, Kadar lists two other options the Ravens could take with the selection.
First, why Kadar still has the Ravens taking Smith:
"While Steve Smith can still get it done, but what are the chances he continues playing after his contract is through after 2016? The Ravens need to add talent to a thin receiving corps that saw Torrey Smith leave in free agency."
The Ravens have a clear need at receiver, which makes Devin Smith's selection not surprising in this mock. Of course, the Ravens could go in a variety of directions. Owner Steve Bisciotti recently said he'd prefer to take a cornerback or pass-rusher and that the Ravens aren't desperate for a receiver.
Kadar's other two options for the Ravens are Missouri/Oklahoma receiver Dorial Green-Beckham and LSU cornerback Jalen Collins. Collins makes a ton of sense for three reasons: the Ravens sure could use another corner for depth purposes, Lardarius Webb isn't getting any younger and Jimmy Smith could walk after the 2015 season.
Green-Beckham? The chances of the Ravens drafting Green-Beckham are zero percent, and if it was possible to go lower it would. With the fallout from the Ray Rice fiasco still fresh on the team's mind, the Ravens won't come close to touching this guy. I'd be willing to bet he's not even on their draft board.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Steve Bisciotti says domestic violence has changed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ravens?src=hash">#Ravens</a> draft board and free-agent list.</p>— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ravens/status/583401474144739328">April 1, 2015</a></blockquote>
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With a domestic violence claim attached to Green-Beckham's name, the Ravens won't look in his direction.
Based on what Bisciotti said last week, I'd be willing to bet the Ravens take a corner or pass-rusher with their first pick. The only way a receiver gets taken is if one of the more elite options falls for whatever reason. Therefore, given the options, I'd have to think the Ravens would rather have Collins than Devin Smith.