Ravens GM Eric DeCosta eyeing wide receivers in 2024 draft

OWINGS MILLS — Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta likes the depth of wide receivers in this year’s NFL draft.

He could be tempted to select a wideout with the 30th overall pick if a talented player falls lower in the draft.

Since taking over for Hall-of-Famer Ozzie Newsome as the Ravens’ general manager, DeCosta has taken a wideout in the first round in three of the last five years. Overall, the Ravens have selected a wide receiver seven times over that span.

The team will look to add a few more players in this year’s draft.

“That’s a critical position; the data supports that,” DeCosta said. “And that’s a position, too, where some of these guys are like race cars; they break down at times. And so, having depth at that position is critical, [and] we saw that this year. We think we built the [receivers] room out pretty well this year and were able to sustain some injuries along the way. So, we will look at that. I think it’s a very, very deep year in the draft.

“This draft class is pretty impressive from a receiver standpoint. We’ll assess that talent and see what kind of falls our way and then look at the free agency crop, as well.” 

Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman, and Nelson Agholor will be back in the lineup next year, but DeCosta wants to provide quarterback Lamar Jackson with more playmakers. The Ravens could use a big-bodied, physical wide receiver to add support to the speedy players on the roster.

Here are several players the Ravens could target in the first or second round:

Player: Keon Coleman

School: Florida State

Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 215-pound wideout scored 11 touchdowns inside the red zone, and he would fit perfectly into the Ravens, who like to aggressively push the ball downfield. Coleman is also a physical player who could add more swagger to the offense.

Player: Ladd McConkey

School: Georgia

Analysis: The 6-foot, 186-pound receiver battled injuries in college, so he could fall to the Ravens. McConkey would be a good fit for Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken because he played for him at Georgia. McConkey can run deep routes and catch passes in traffic. He also is capable of playing special teams, which is an attractive attribute for the Ravens.

Player: Troy Franklin

School: Oregon

Analysis: At 6 feet 3, 187 pounds, Oregon has the athleticism to create matchup problems with opposing cornerbacks. He also has the speed to create separation and could be another downfield target for Jackson.

Player: Xavier Worthy

School: Texas

Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 196-pound playmaker was the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, with 55 receptions, 845 yards, and 11 touchdowns, which tied for fifth-most in a season in program history. He has the height and speed to make an immediate impact.


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