The Baltimore Ravens have turned themselves into a perennial threat in the AFC North and a team that has the talent to compete in the NFL playoffs. The last step for the Ravens is to become a team that is feared in the playoffs and that is favored to win it all.
The best way for Baltimore to do this is by upgrading their weakest positions, which for the 2021 offseason is a top of the line wide receiver.
We all know what Lamar Jackson can do, but just imagine the additional passing yards and running room the former MVP could see if he had a true number one receiver.
Sure, the Ravens are a run first type of team, however, that all opens up just a little bit more if there is a big threat lining up outside.
With a need at the position the Ravens should make adding a wide receiver the number one focus on the offseason, and here are the top five candidates for Baltimore to fill that hole.
At the top of the list for any team needing a wide receiver this year is Allen Robinson. Robinson would be a perfect fit in this Ravens offense and would complement Lamar Jackson and co. nicely.
The biggest upside to Robinson is his ability to make the spectacular catch and create a big play. He ranked first in contested catches and fourth in explosive plays over 15 yards last year. That is a great mix for a team that wants to focus on the run but needs a guy who scares the defense every play.
The Ravens need to enter the Allen Robinson negotiations aggressively to make sure that they can bring in the missing piece to their offense.
One of the biggest upsides to Corey Davis is his age. At just 26 years old, Davis would be a piece that could build with Lamar Jackson for many years to come and could turn into a great pairing.
Davis grabbed the second most receiving yards out of wide receivers entering free agency this year and he could easily become the best wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens.
Another perk with Davis is that playing in the run heavy offense of Tennessee, he is already familiar with that role and might show less resistance join the Ravens than a receiver used to playing on pass happy offenses.
If the Ravens decide to wait until the NFL Draft to make their move, they will be happy to know that this is a deep receiver class.
Holding the 27th pick, the Ravens will not be able to make a play on the top few guys (Ja’Marr Chase, LSU, or Jaylen Waddle, Alabama) but if a run on quarterbacks causes other guys to fall the Ravens could look at moving up a few picks to get their guy.
DeVonta Smith put his talents on full display during the National Championship and would be an excellent grab.
A less well-known receiver, Rashod Bateman, had his breakout season during 2019 and then coasted through a COVID impacted 2020.
During his big year he brought in over 1,200 receiving yards and helped revive the Minnesota football team. If he is available at 27 he would be an excellent valued pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
If you want to upgrade your receiving room, why not make a play for one of the best wide receivers in the NFL? The Atlanta Falcons are entering a rebuild and the window to win will likely not open during Julio Jones’ career.
Rather than keep a veteran on the roster, Atlanta should be listening to offers, and the Ravens should come calling. Julio Jones is the highest caliber player on this list and would be an absolute game changer.
If he can be had, Baltimore should do what cap gymnastics necessary to bring him aboard.