As we come into the final weeks leading up to the draft, the question lingers as to who the Ravens plan to take. To answer these questions we often look at where a team lacks depth or an impact playmaker.
In the Ravens’ case, the team is thin at wide receiver. Mike Wallace isn't getting any younger, Breshad Perriman is still an unknown and Flacco hasn't proven that he can consistently elevate the talent around him. I took to Twitter to field your questions after a grueling week of evaluating the wide receiver class.
@rlukeclifford asks: Why has Cooper Kupp fell on some people's draft boards? A polished route runner who plays fast. Think he's fallen down the Ravens board?
Good question Luke. Kupp is just another ploy in the draft process and this is something we see from players every year during the process of evaluation. Kupp rose up boards to a second round projection after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, when he was more realistically a third-round pick. I’m not the biggest Kupp fan because I believe he’s limited to the slot and lacks the ability to play outside. He could be a reliable target for Flacco, but I wouldn't spend the 74th pick on him.
@BRavenBRA asks: What do you think about Chris Godwin?
I love Chris Godwin! He is my wide receiver four in the class! A true X-receiver that played against press coverage and showed all of the tools to be a stud at the next level. When studying this class, no other wide receiver displayed the level of concentration that Godwin did. He showed immense body control, the ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls and physicality at the stem of his routes. I wouldn't be surprised if he snuck into the late first round, but if he’s there in the second round for the Ravens, they shouldn't hesitate to acquire him.
@CharlyRambo_ asks: Do you like JuJu Smith-Schuster?
I must admit, initially I did not like Juju, but after watching his game against Washington where he faced an NFL level secondary, he grew on me. Juju is an extremely strong wideout who consistently benched Sidney Jones and Kevin King off the line of scrimmage when the lined up across from him. I think Juju is definitely gaining steam and I wouldn't be surprised to see him go off the board in the second round. He would bring a nasty, physical game on offense that could help replace the loss of Steve Smith.
@UsaPrep100 asks: After hearing the staff speak I think the Ravens target Corey Davis as their first round pick! What do you think?
I wouldn't rule it out, but I’m not sure he’ll be there. My top three receivers are Davis, Ross and Williams in that order. Davis possesses elite YAC ability for somebody that big. I hate to make comparisons like this, but I understand why many experts are saying he is reminiscent of Terrell Owens. If Davis is on the board at 16, there shouldn't be any hesitation to take him, but again the question is if.
@MattByrd28 asks: Where do you see Chad Hansen and/or Carlos Henderson going and are they good fits for what Ravens need?
I like Henderson a lot. He needs to refine his route running, but he's explosive with the ball in his hands and has really good vision. As for Hansen, I’m lower on him then most. I don't think he’ll be effective on the outside and I see him as a day three guy. Of the two, I’d prioritize Henderson if the staff believes they can refine his game a little.
That’s all for this week, make sure to follow us on Twitter at @Bmorebeatdown as I host a Q&A on the rookie cornerback class!