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Is Courtland Sutton worth the 16th overall pick for the Ravens?

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Calvin Ridley seems to be the media's consensus pick for the Baltimore Ravens. With the extreme deficiency of weapons and the affinity Ozzie Newsome seems to have for Alabama prospects is to be considered, the selection makes almost too much sense.

There stands a strong chance of Ridley being selected before the Ravens pick. The Chicago Bears are also starving for wide receivers and the Green Bay Packers could be in the market if Jordy Nelson is released. Wide receivers flew off the draft board in last years draft. Fan favorite Corey Davis was selected fifth overall by the Tennessee Titans. Ridley would top the 2017 wide receiver draft class. This year, teams may once again overspend for wide receivers.

If Ridley is off the board by the sixteenth pick, Courtland Sutton will be the receiver that Ravens fan will clamor for. Sutton is far from a finished product but he is on the upward curve. The improvement in the nuances of the game are apparent when looking at his redshirt sophomore to redshirt junior seasons. His catching technique has improved. His footwork at the top of his routes has improved. Sutton is a 6-foot-4, 215 pound wide receiver who shows good wiggle after the catch and dominates at the catch point. He does not lack natural ability.

However, there is a scenario where Sutton does not immediately contribute with the numbers and production of a number one receiver. He still can struggle getting off press-coverage and he will have to adjust to a totally different offense with different verbiage. With the Ravens standing up against the cap, the draft will be the principle mean for adding talent. They will need the sixteenth pick to contribute right away, especially in a year where the head coach's seat could be getting warmer,