However, the momentum has shifted. You'll still find a variety of wide receivers linked to the Ravens in mock drafts, but with the Ravens committed to a run-heavy offense next season, the notion of them taking an offensive lineman early in this draft is picking up steam.
Let's face it, we're not even sure the Ravens will stay at No. 22 to make their first selection. General Manager Eric DeCosta certainly didn't eliminate the possibility of Baltimore trading out of the first round at his pre-draft press conference.
Here's an update on what mock drafts see the Ravens doing with the No. 22 pick if they stay there:
Mel Kiper, ESPN
C/G Erik McCoy, Texas A&M Junior; 6-foot-4, 310 pounds
"Baltimore could go defensive line here, but McCoy would be an immediate starter along the interior offensive line."
Todd McShay, ESPN
C Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State Senior; 6-foot-3, 306 pounds
"Edge rusher Clelin Ferrell would make sense, too, but Bradbury is a pro-ready center who excels both in pass protection and run-blocking."
Charles Davis, NFL.com
WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Junior; 5-foot-9, 166 pounds; 75 catches, 1,318 yards, 10 touchdowns
"HOLLYWOOD. I know Head Coach John Harbaugh recently said he wanted wide receivers who are 'rough and tough,' but he will happily welcome Brown, who will put the ball in the end zone for him after quarterback Lamar Jackson, and the run game, occupy the defense's attention."
Peter Schrager, NFL.com
C Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State
"If the Jackson era is going to work, the Ravens need playmakers who fit his style and as much offensive line stability as possible. Bradbury had a great week in Indianapolis at the Combine and is projected as a Day 1 starter in the NFL at one of the three interior offensive line positions. Solid pass blocker, great run blocker. Perfect Raven. And Baltimore is all in on the ground attack, as evidenced by the Mark Ingram pickup."
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report* WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss*Sophomore; 6-foot-4, 225 pounds; 26 catches, 569 yards, 5 touchdowns
"Metcalf to Baltimore is an ideal move for both Lamar Jackson and Metcalf. The Ravens need a powerful, physical deep threat and that's what Metcalf brings to the table. At 6'3" with a 40.5" vertical, he'll also give Jackson a big target with an extended catch radius; something every quarterback struggling with spot accuracy could love to have."
Will Brinson, CBSsports.com
WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
Junior; 6-foot-5, 227 pounds, 60 catches, 1,318 yards, nine touchdowns
"There's no other way to slice it- the Ravens have to improve at wide receiver in the draft. And Butler gives them a guy who has not been consistent in college, but who also has been crazy explosive. He should fit right in with this offense."
Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
Junior; 6-foot-2, 228 pounds; 73 catches, 1,088 yards, nine touchdowns
"If Jackson is going to improve as a passer in the NFL, you need to give him weapons. Maybe the Ravens will prefer a different receiver and go in that direction, but if it were up to me, I'd go with Harry."
Robert Klemko, SI.com
ILB Devin Bush, Michigan
Junior; 5-foot-11, 234 pounds; 66 tackles, 8 ½ for loss, 4 ½ sacks
"If he's still around at this point, the Ravens get a sideline-to-sideline linebacker to build around as they move on from C.J. Mosley and Eric Weddle and become a more traditional defense less reliant on zone blitzes improvised on the fly."
Pete Prisco, CBSsports.com
WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State
Senior; 6-foot-0, 205 pounds; 90 catches, 1,063 yards, 12 touchdowns
"They have to get faster outside in their passing game. They will only go as far as Jackson grows as a passer."
Chris Trapasso, CBSsports.com
*WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford *Senior;6-foot-2, 225 pounds; 63 catches, 1,059 yards, 14 touchdowns
"New General Manager Eric DeCosta gets the seal of approval on this pick from current Stanford head coach David Shaw, who worked on the Ravens offensive staff from 2002 to 2005."
Dan Kadar, SB Nation*
WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss*
"Although a pass rusher is a need for the Ravens, they could be hoping 2017 third-round pick Tim Williams and the underrated Matthew Judon make a leap in 2019. If that's the case, a wide receiver is the smart play for Baltimore. Metcalf is somewhat of a boom-or-bust prospect, but he can take the top off a defense for Lamar Jackson."