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Ravens News 6/15: Drafting efficiency and more

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50 Words or Less - John Eisenberg

Interesting that Antoine Wesley also caught passes from Robert Griffin III along with rookies James Proche and Devin Duvernay in a Texas workout last week. Wesley spent 2019 on the practice squad but at 6-4 he has the size the Ravens would love to add to their wide receiver mix.

The reality is wide receiver will be a tough position for any longshot hoping to stick in Baltimore in 2020. Duvernay, Proche, Miles Boykin, Hollywood Brown and Willie Snead IV seemingly are in, barring injury, and special-teams ace Chris Moore pencils in as the No. 6 guy. Not much wiggle room.

4 Baltimore Ravens young players facing make-or-break training camp - Aaron Kasinitz

Wide receiver Jaleel Scott

Last training camp, Scott emerged as a practice-time star. The Ravens’ technology clocked him running as fast as anyone on the field, according to coach John Harbaugh, and he often used his 6-foot-6 frame to sky over defenders to haul in impressive catches. He led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns in the preseason.

None of that carried over into the regular season. Scott, another 2018 fourth-round pick who spent his first professional season on the injured reserve list, was a non-factor during meaningful games in ‘19.

He suited up for just three of 16 regular-season contests and finished with one catch for 6 yards.

The Ravens have drafted four receivers the past two years, and sturdy slot specialist Willie Snead and special teams ace Chris Moore remain on the roster. Scott’s talented enough to keep coaches and teams optimistic about his future. But unless he has an even better showing in training camp this summer, he probably won’t get the chance to stick with the Ravens for a shot at regular-season success.

Antonio Brown Takes Another Step Toward Ravens? - Todd Karpovich

Brown’s attorney released a statement announcing the court’s decision and Brown’s intention to resume his career.

“With this matter now resolved and behind him, Mr. Brown looks forward to continuing his cooperation with the NFL and resuming his phenomenal professional career. He has achieved so much throughout his life from both a personal and professional standpoint, and will continue to do so,” Hancock wrote.

There has been wide speculation about Brown joining the Baltimore Ravens. He added more fuel to the rumor mill by posting a photo of himself wearing a Ravens uniform on Snapchat in May.

Earlier this year, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson created a buzz when a video surfaced of him throwing passes to Brown in Florida. Jackson later insisted that he’d welcome Brown to Baltimore.

“I’d be happy if they signed him,” Jackson said. “He’s a great player. He showed it each and every year when he was with the Steelers in the past, but it’s not my decision.”

NFL Drafting Efficiency, 2010-2019 - Benjamin Ellinger

After Seattle in 2012, Indianapolis and Baltimore have the next two best drafts, both coming in 2018 when they combined to draft Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard, Lamar Jackson, and Orlando Brown.

Seattle has the top average draft return over the past decade, followed by Baltimore and Cleveland.

Over the last five years, Baltimore and Cleveland remain at the top, with Indianapolis coming in right behind.