At the start of the offseason, Newsome and the Ravens brass identified a “complimentary receiver” as a role in need of being filled. But with immediate issues in the secondary being mitigated, the Ravens now have the opportunity to gamble on a wide receiver early in the draft and possibly in the first round, as the pass rusher and cornerback classes are the two deepest positions in the draft.
There is no true number one receiver on the Ravens roster. To expect Breshad Perriman to make a tremendous third year jump while being in only his second season of extended playing time would back the offense into a corner without leeway for Perriman not being elite at his position. This would not be good for his development.
If Mike Williams, Corey Davis or John Ross are on the board, Newsome could shock most Ravens fans and select a skill position player in the first round in a year where it could be argued that the needs on the defensive side of the ball outweigh the ones on the opposite side of the ball.
Williams would bring Joe Flacco the best jump ball skills he's had since Anquan Boldin was on the roster. Davis would bring elite route running and yards-after-catch skills to the table. Ross would bring Desean Jackson like explosion on deep routes and crossers, though his injury history is bound to give most pause.
Wide receiver needy teams ahead of the Ravens could be seen in Buffalo, Cleveland and Philadelphia but all three teams could have more pressing needs at inside linebacker, quarterback and cornerback respectively.
The odds of all three first round receivers being off the board when the Ravens are on the clock are slim, but it isnt out of the realm of possibility to have one. The opportunity to bolster the receiving corp and form what could be a devastating trio will be there for Newsome in the first round.