The Ravens have lacked a playmaker at the punt and kick returner positions for the last three seasons.
The ideal situation would have the designated special team player have a role on the side of the ball he is drafted to. LSU’s Tre'Davious White and USC’s Adoree’ Jackson can be impact starters at the position the Ravens need to upgrade the most. Cornerback and returner have been issues for far too long. The Ravens have the opportunity to knock out two longstanding issues in one stroke.
Jackson is a certified stud as both kick and punt returner with two returns of each category going for touchdowns this past season. As a cornerback however, his underdevelopment at cornerback and his lack of premier size (5'10”, 190lbs) show in his press technique. Jackson has the athleticism to become a premier man-to-man corner but he will need time. At this present moment, he is a athletic gambler who will make plays but also give some up.
Tre'Davious does not bring the same track star speed Jackson does but his fleetness of foot and his acceleration make him a legitimate threat as a punt returner. However, his experience as a kick returner is nil. Whether it is an indictment on his long speed or simply a product of LSU having an embarrassment of riches at the position with elite sophomore prospect running back Derrius Guice being the lead returner is unknown.
The Ravens will take a look at both these prospects to try to fix issues at positions that has plagued the team for the last few years.