The Ravens have a glaring need at wide receiver this offseason. Still, it would be unwise to force a first round selection at receiver in the 2018 NFL Draft.
The upcoming wideout crop has received mixed reviews. What the class lacks in elite players, it makes up for with depth. The second and third rounds may prove to be the sweet spot, with several intriguing receivers offering tremendous value.
An early look six receivers projected to be available on Day 2:
- Equanimeous St. Brown, Notre Dame
This lanky 6’5 wideout posted nearly 1,500 yards along with 13 scores over his final two seasons with the Irish. St. Brown is a precise route runner with a skillset reminiscent of the Lions Marvin Jones. He excels on crossing routes due to his elusiveness after the catch. Equanimeous is also a big play threat on vertical routes and displayed quality hands on fade routes in the end zone.
- Simmie Cobbs, Indiana
Cobbs is a physical 6’4 220 pound All Big-10 selection. A true jump ball specialist who outmuscles defensive backs near the sidelines and in the red zone. He eclipsed 1,000 yards as a sophomore before missing his junior season with injury, and then rebounded with a nine touchdown year in 2017. Simmie is a tough receiver who is unafraid of going across the middle and regularly fights for extra yards.
- Auden Tate, Florida State
A big target in the Alshon Jeffery mold. Tate has strong hands and a knack for making contested catches. At 6’5 225, he could develop into an unstoppable red zone threat, as evidenced by his 16 touchdown total over the last two seasons. Dependability is the knock on Auden, as he earned the injury prone label during his three seasons with the Seminoles.
- Anthony Miller, Memphis
Extremely productive receiver and consensus All American, with back to back 1,400 yard seasons and 40 total touchdowns over the last three seasons. Miller is a bit undersized, which could limit him to the slot at the next level. He played well when facing the Tigers best competition, which is always a positive sign for a ‘G5’ prospect. With impressive hands, body control and returner ability, Anthony is an attractive option.
- Deon Cain, Clemson
A speed merchant, Cain has another gear to separate from cornerbacks deep downfield. His production dipped slightly in 2017, and concentration drops became an issue. Deon has a limited route tree, but routinely high points the ball, averaged better than 18 yards per reception and is proficient in the screen game.
- D.J. Moore, Maryland
A local favorite and dynamic weapon. D.J. combined speed, quickness, hands and elusiveness to earn All-Big 10 honors. Using his running back build, Moore maximizes his yards after the catch. With over 2,000 collegiate yards from scrimmage, 18 scores and punt return ability, he is a certified playmaker.