The NFL Draft season will officially kick off with the Senior Bowl on Saturday. The Ravens will be able to get a look at many draft prosects throughout the practices this week and Saturday's game. Wide receiver is clearly a big need for the Ravens and finding an upgrade at that position will certainly be a priority for the front office. Marquise Brown is a part of the team's future, and he had a strong playoff debut with 7 receptions and 126 yards against the Titans. Nevertheless, the Ravens need another weapon across from Brown. Seth Roberts and Willie Snead are not the long term answers. Luckily, they will have plenty of options in this deep wide receiver class. Here are 3 prospects to watch.
Brandon Aiyuk (WR, Arizona State)
Brandon Aiyuk is a big play waiting to happen.
He averaged 18.3 yards per reception last season, and most of his yardage comes after the catch. In fact, he had 667 yards after the catch through the first 11 games of the 2019-20 season. Aiyuk's ability as a return man will also boost his value. He averaged 31.9 yards per kick return and 16.1 yards per punt return. A strong performance should lock him in as a 1st round pick.
Antonio Gandy-Golden (WR, Liberty)
Antonio Gandy-Golden had an extremely production season recording 1,396 receiving yards, which was 4th in the FBS. He uses his 6’4” size to his advantage and is great at high-pointing the football. Playing at Liberty instead of a premier program will not aid his stock in this deep receiver class, but he has proven himself against strong competition. Liberty's only ranked opponent last season was Syracuse, who they opened the season against. Gandy-Golden did not miss a beat in that game catching 6 passes for 119 yards. He is projected to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick in most mock drafts, but his value could certainly rise this weekend. A strong performance at the Senior Bowl would further prove his value against top-level competition.
Devin Duvernay (WR, Texas)
Devin Duvernay is another wide receiver, who had an extremely productive season. He was 3rd in the FBS in receptions (106) and 5th in receiving yards (1,386). Duvernay was, without a doubt, one of the fastest players in college football. In 2015, Duvernay ran a 4.38 second 40-yard dash at the Dallas Nike Football Combine in 2015, while he was still in high school. He even won the Texas 100 meter dash championship. In addition to his speed, Duvernay has arguably the best hands in this draft class. He thrived as a slot receiver at Texas, and that should continue to be his role in the NFL. As a potential Day 2 steal, he is worth monitoring.