The Baltimore Ravens were expected to add help in the passing game for quarterback Lamar Jackson this offseason, and while some of the top free-agent wide receivers were wiped off the board before free agency even began — Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin were franchised — players like Kenny Golladay and Corey Davis chose greener pastures in New York (with the Giants and Jets, respectively).
The Ravens managed to add at least one veteran in Sammy Watkins, who at 27 years old still has a modest ceiling of production. But the 2021 NFL Draft should offer another solid opportunity for Baltimore to give Jackson the weapons he deserves opposite Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews.
In the latest 2021 mock draft from CBS Sports, the Ravens snag LSU wideout, Terrace Marshall Jr. in the first round.
“Marshall was a successful complement to Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase last season, but he stepped into a feature role before opting out,” wrote Josh Edwards. “He is a bigger receiving threat with a larger range. The Louisiana native will compliment Marquise Brown and Watkins well. His stock is not hurting after a standout Pro Day performance.”
I’m not as high on Marshall as the consensus and instead have a solid second-round grade on him. He’s a fringe top-50 player on my board, but there’s a good chance he’ll be the best wideout remaining by the time the Ravens are on the clock.
Baltimore has a well-built football team that can afford the luxury of picking need over value in the first round. It’s usually the opposite philosophy that deep and talented teams apply, but for Baltimore, the need at wide receiver is pressing enough to reach on a prospect like Marshall.