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The Ravens will quickly be back on the clock on Day 3 of the draft.
And there are still players General Manager Ozzie Newsome really likes – including wide receivers.
The Ravens once again have the third pick on the new day (98th overall). They could trade it, as Newsome said he expects to hear trade offers, or they could use it to address some remaining areas of need.
Baltimore did not select a wide receiver or returner in the first three rounds. They haven’t taken a center or a safety either.
The Ravens have five picks remaining: No. 98 (fourth round), No. 130 (fourth round), No. 169 (fifth round), No. 198(sixth round) and No. 236 (seventh round).
Newsome said the Ravens will sit down and regroup the board in the wee hours after Friday night’s second and third rounds.
“We’ll restack the board a little bit and there are several receivers still available,” Newsome said. “We still have some centers available that could very much come into our plans tomorrow.”
With that in mind, here are some players that could be of interest to Baltimore at No. 98 and beyond:
WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest The focal point of the Demon Deacons’ attack, Givens caught 83 passes for 1,330 yards and nine touchdowns last year. He’s a 6-foot target who has a solid build, good balance, awareness and speed. He’s also a dangerous kickoff returner, which would add more value to the Ravens.
WR Joe Adams, Arkansas Perhaps the most dynamic returner remaining, Adams notched four punt returns for touchdowns lastseason. He was second in the NCAA in average yards per return (16.89). The 5-foot-11 wideout creates separation with his speed and has explosive burst, which also made him stand out as a pass catcher at the Senior Bowl.
WR Tommy Streeter, Miami Streeter has imposing size. At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, he’s a matchup problem for any cornerback. He has a wide catching radius with long arms, and deceptive speed with long legs. He only had one year of production, however, with 46 catches for 811 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. He has raw potential.
C Philip Blake, Baylor
Blake’s got great size at 6-foot-2, 312 pounds and is super strong (squats 600 pounds). He’s tough to move. He gives consistent effort and has solid character. He would be a 26-year-old rookie, however.
C Ben Jones, Georgia
A tough, smart blocker, Jones is a four-year SEC starter. So he’s seen some of the nation’s top pass rushers come at him. He would fit into the Ravens’ zone scheme too.
SS Antonio Allen, South Carolina He’s a linebacker-safety mixture. The 6-foot-1, 202 pounder has good size and speed and has flashed playmaking ability. He logged 88 tackles and had three interceptions as a senior. His athleticism could make him a good special teams player.
FS Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State He’s rangy, athletic and has strong character. He’s a three-year starter who has enough traits to perhaps one day make him a starter. Martin is more of a big hitter than a sure tackler, however.
FS Trent Robinson, Michigan State
More undersized than some of the other safeties, the 5-foot-9, 193-pounder makes up for it with good coverage skills. He could be looked at as a possible cornerback as well. He was a special teams ace in college and could be the same in the NFL.