by Phil Gentile, @iHateJJRedick
With the NFL Draft less than two weeks away, I thought we would look at some positions of need round-by-round and analyze some specific players that the Ravens could be targeting. First up is wide receivers.
1st Round: Josh Doctson, TCU
Laquon Treadwell might be the best receiver in this draft class but Doctson has a higher ceiling. He's the best downfield threat in this class and when I watch tape he consistently wins the battle for the ball against smaller cornerbacks. When you're 6'2" that's not hard to do. He certainly lacks polish but that's why the Ravens pay Bobby Engram right?
2nd Round: Leonte Carroo, Rutgers
I'm the captain of the Leonte Carroo bangwagon and if you listen to Kevin and Cole on the Charm City Draft Podcast you know they are as well. The stat nerds at Pro Football Focus (I use that term with the upmost affection) have labeled Carroo as having the best hands of this receiver class. Dropped just two of the 96 catchable balls thrown his way over the last two seasons, according to PFF.
3rd Round: Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh
Leaves Pitt as the school's all-time leading receiver. Pretty good stat once you consider Larry Fitzgerald is a fellow alum. Also amazing once you consider Boyd had three different quarterbacks in three seasons. NFL Network's Charles Davis describes him as "truly one of my favorite players in this year's draft". While I don't see Boyd excelling at any one aspect of the game I do respect friend of the podcast Charles Davis enough to see potential in Boyd as a Victor Cruz/Jarvis Landry type at the next level.
4th Round: Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa
Led the nation with 1,583 receiving yards last season. Has the size (6'3") and the speed (4.53 40 yard dash) to be a superstar at the next level. This tweet from Rotoworld's Evan Silva yesterday made me giddy.....
5th Round: Daniel Braverman, Western Michigan
Braverman isn't a big receiver but what he lacks in size he made up for in production. 108/1,367/11 was the stat line from his 2015 campaign with the Broncos. Didn't receive an invitation to the combine but impressed at his Pro Day for sure. He recorded a 28.5-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-4 broad jump and a short shuttle of 4.20 seconds. Braverman reached double-digit catches in five of 13 games and could be an interesting slot option if Michael Campanaro isn't in the team's long-term plans.
6th Round: Tajae Sharpe, Massachusetts
At this point teams are just throwing darts but Sharpe has some serious upside. He dropped just seven passes over the last two seasons on 204 catchable balls. Also has decent size at 6'2" that he uses to his advantage quite well. Biggest knock is his lack of serious competition. UMASS played just two games against schools from the power conferences in 2015 so his production is in doubt by some scouts.
7th Round: Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri
When I asked my favorite draft experts on Twitter which small school receivers I should watch film on, McRoberts name came up almost every time. McRoberts was the Redhawks leading receiver in each of his final three seasons and he scored 27 touchdowns over his final 30 games. He is listed at 6'3" and could be a nice value for teams looking for a potential superstar receiver in the last round of the draft.