With the departure of Steve Smith this offseason, the Ravens have an uncertain future at the wide receiver position. While this year's first round selection Breshad Perriman is assumed to be a dynamo on the field, we haven't even seen him on it yet. Behind Perriman is even more uncertainty, in the form of unproven yet young receivers like Jeremy Butler and Kamar Aiken. Simply put, the Ravens receiver situation is far from ideal.
So who could the team potentially select next year to alleviate the situation? Below are some of the players who look to be the best and brightest that next year's draft class has to offer.
#1: Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
Height/Weight: 6'2" 216 lbs
Treadwell is the number one receiver of this class, despite his gruesome leg injury. It's better to break a leg than it is to tear an ACL. With that fact said, I expect Treadwell to make a full recovery. He is down to 216 pounds from the previous 229. Now the scary part is that Treadwell would've have been the top receiver even weighing 229 pounds. He dominated SEC competition with a style reminiscent of Andre Johnson, using advanced release techniques and sheer power. The lost weight should only resolve questions about his deep speed. Besides that? Treadwell shows no weaknesses.
#2: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
Height/Weight: 6'2, 185 lbs
At this point Boyd is the most likely to contribute imediately. "At this point" being the key phrase. Boyd is a similar player to Nelson Agholor. Pro ready, but not possesing the highest of ceilings. Where Boyd clearly surpasses Agholor is in the jumpball heading. He posesses great timing to come down with the ball. That is Boyd in a nutshell. Good fudmentals with slightly above average athletisicm. I wolud not be surpised if he slighlty slipped down the list in favor of bigger, more powerful receivers.
#3: Mike Williams, Clemson
Height/Weight: 6'4", 220 lbs
Try not to shudder at the thought of another wide receiver named Mike Williams. Williams is what Martavis Bryant would have been had he been the featured wide receiver. He is a smooth, rangy athlete who constantly displays good awareness. Though a taller receiver, Williams easily sinks his hips to get out of his breaks. His route running, however needs polish, as he is too often seen drifting up the field on breaking routes. If he is able to make technical improvements, Williams should pass Boyd as the number 2 receiver in the class.
#4: Josh Doctson, TCU
Height/Weight: 6' 4", 190 lbs
Hops. That's what comes to mind when thinking about Josh Doctson. He'll probably post the highest vertical at next year's combine and I won't flinch if it reaches 45 inches. Combine that with his body control and Doctson will be loved by the people who loved Devante Parker. Doctson isn't really a burner, however, and he'll need to get bigger. A lot bigger. His potential, nevertheless, is through the roof.
#5: Duke Williams, Auburn
Height/Weight: 6'2", 224 lbs
Williams is blessed with overwhelming size and strength. A JUCO transfer, he played his first season in the SEC last year, and passed Sammie Coates as the go-to-guy. the similarities between William's game and Dez Bryant's are apparent. Williams has the desire and the physicality to match Bryant's. As a JUCO transfer though, the route running is severely under developed, and Williams did struggle with drops last season. He is capable of pulling ridiculous catches, so the drops are probably not due to bad hands.
Overall, this class is absolutely loaded with potential. As you can see, not one of these receivers was listed under 6'2". A few dark horses could also emerge to break through as first round and top five prospects. Notre Dame's Corey Robinson, Ohio State's Michael Thomas and to a lesser degree, Tennessee's Marquez North and LSU's Travin Dural. Robinson stands at six five. Dural is the shortest of this group, standing at 6'2". We could potentially see a wide receiver class as good as 2014's.