Ravens To Scout Wide Receivers Today

There’s a crop of big wideouts expected to be near the end of the first round.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, February 24th, 2012 at 11:09 am | Categories: 2012 Offseason, 2012 Scouting Combine, Ryan Mink

It’s Day 2 of the NFL Scouting Combine and the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs are up.

For the Ravens, the wideouts are the specific target. General Manager Ozzie Newsome said it’s a position of need this offseason and Head Coach John Harbaugh said it’s “a big possibility” they take one in the draft.

Luckily for Baltimore, there is a deep class and a clump of big-play, big-bodied wideouts that they may be available to choose from at No. 29.

Fans will be interested in hearing from the following Friday:

WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Senior; 6-foot-3, 224 pounds
Floyd doesn’t have elite speed, but he does possess prototypical size. His long arms and strength should help him break NFL press coverage and he has enough burst to get into the secondary, where he’s a prime jump-ball and red-zone target. He was highly productive, but was briefly suspended from the team (and removed as a captain) after being cited for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Top question: Could he fall to the Ravens?

WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
Junior; 6-2, 215
Sanu joined running back Ray Rice, wide receiver Kenny Britt and offensive tackle Anthony Davis as the only players during the Head Coach Greg Schiano era to leave school early. He had already become the school and Big East record holder with 210 career receptions, including a single-season record 115 last year. He’s an adept route runner who is versatile and has a physical style.
Top question: Is he fast enough?

WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
Junior; 6-4, 229
The biggest wideout in the draft may be too big. There have been rumblings that Jeffrey ballooned to into the 240s, but then starting dropping weight for the combine. He’s a strong, jump-ball deep threat who has good body control and vertical to shield off defenders. He had a breakout sophomore season (88 catches, 1,517 yards, 9 TDs) but slumped as a junior (49 catches, 762 yards, 8 TDs).
Top question: How much will he weigh and how fast is he?

WR Rueben Randle
Junior; 6-3, 208
He started as a true freshman for LSU, a rare feat. From there, Randle improved his game throughout his three seasons. He averaged 18.1 yards per catch last season, hauling in 50 passes for 908 yards and eight touchdowns. There are some maturity issues, however, as Randle was seen openly complaining during the team’s championship loss to Alabama.
Top questions: Is he a first-rounder?

WR Joe Adams, Arkansas
Senior; 5-11, 174
Out of the big-bodied mold, Adams is an electrifying playmaker who could add to the Ravens’ return game. He had four career punt returns for the Razorbacks, including three last season, when he was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year. He was also a dynamic receiver with 17 career touchdowns. Adams stood out at the Senior Bowl.
Top question: Can his lean frame hold up in the NFL?

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