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Mock Draft Monitor 2.0: Wide Receiver Is Very Popular


The Super Bowl is done, and that means pundits are officially shifting their sights to 2019 and the build-up to the draft.

When we last checked in with Mock Draft Monitor 1.0, defensive players were a hot item for the Ravens at No. 22. Mississippi State's Montez Sweat was the most popular pick. Since then, Sweat was one of the Senior Bowl's standouts, and he's moved up boards.

Now almost every pundit envisions the Ravens addressing an offensive need, and many believe Baltimore will grab a top wide receiver.

Here's the full list of who the "experts" believe the Ravens will take:

WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

Sophomore; 6-foot-4, 225 pounds; 26 catches, 569 yards, 5 touchdowns

"The Ravens definitely upgraded their receiving a bit this season, but they still lack a real game-changer. Metcalf missed a chunk of time this season with a neck injury, but he's a big, vertical threat. He'd give Lamar Jackson a reliable option, especially in the red zone."

Dane Brugler, The Athletic

WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

"First-year general manager Eric DeCosta has an interesting offseason ahead of him with an aging defense and an offense in need of upgrades. One of the priorities should be helping Lamar Jackson become a better passer, and a freakish talent like Metcalf would do that."

WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

"Before suffering a neck injury in October, D.K. Metcalf was looking like one of the top wide receivers in the 2019 class. Now that he's been cleared by doctors, he's back with a Round 1 grade on my board. That's great news for the wide receiver-needy Baltimore Ravens."

WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State

Junior; 6-foot-4, 213 pounds; 73 catches, 1,088 yards, 9 touchdowns

"The Lamar Jackson era has officially begun in Baltimore, and the Ravens need to build a better supporting cast around their new franchise quarterback. First on the list? Finding him a true No. 1 receiver, with the big frame and complete skill set Harry brings to the table."

S Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State

Senior; 6-0, 215 pounds; 99 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions

"Abram will fill in nicely for Eric Weddle if the team decides to part ways with the veteran this offseason."

RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama

Junior; 5-foot-10, 216 pounds; 640 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns, 20 catches, 247 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns

"The best way to help a young quarterback ( Lamar Jackson, in this case) is to take pressure off of him with a talented, every-down running back. Jacobs is the best in this draft at his position."

WR Kelvin Harmon, N.C. State

Junior; 6-foot-3, 214 pounds; 81 catches, 1,186 yards, 7 touchdowns

"The Ravens have to give Lamar Jackson some new weapons. Harmon is a big, physical but smooth athlete on the outside with tremendous ball-tracking ability."

WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Junior; 5-foot-10, 168 pounds; 75 receptions, 1,318 yards, 10 touchdowns

No clue what to expect out of the Ravens in the first round with their transition in the front office, but I think adding a deep threat for Lamar Jackson would be one of the top priorities. People get hot and bothered about his accuracy, but he improved down the stretch and he can let it RIP when he throws deep.

RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama

"There are a few teams in the back half of the first round that could be targeting Jacobs. The Ravens could be the first one if they don't see Gus Edwards or Kenneth Dixon as lead backs. Jacobs is a strong but agile runner who is hard to bring down."

OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Senior; 6-foot-5, 308 pounds

"With the Ravens expected to go all-in on a Lamar Jackson-led offense, pairing him with a dominant offensive line would be a nightmare. Risner can step into the NFL tomorrow as a run blocker with four straight seasons of exceptional grading."

WR Kelvin Harmon, N.C. State

"The need to add weapons around Lamar Jackson at wide receiver is clear for Baltimore and I really like all the things Harmon can bring to Baltimore's offense and how he would mesh with Jackson. First off, his receiving ability is exciting. He features blue chip play strength and can truly over-power defensive backs. He is an alpha at the catch point, has good length and dominant ball skills. And don't sleep on his ability to run smooth routes and separate."

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