The Ravens are studying the offensive playmakers at this week’s Senior Bowl. While rookie Marlon Brown led the Ravens with seven touchdown catches, they never established a consistent threat opposite Torrey Smith. Tight ends Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, and Dallas Clark are all free agents, as is wide receiver Jacoby Jones. Whether it’s a receiver or a tight end, the Ravens believe it is critical to add more playmakers to their passing attack.
Here are five players at the Senior Bowl that could have the ingredients the Ravens are seeking.
Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
His lack of size (six feet, 179 pounds) is the biggest knock against him. But Abbrederis runs sharp routes and has sure hands. He’s the type of prospect that could last until the third round or later. At that range, he could be a bargain for the Ravens.
Kain Colter, WR, Northwestern
A quarterback in college, Colter has shown quickness and the ability to get open during Senior Bowl practices. He translates as a slot receiver in the NFL, the type of third-down conversion receiver the Ravens need.
C. J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
While he is not the receiver that Pitta is, Fiedorowicz is impressing scouts with his blocking ability. At 6-foot-5, 262 pounds, Fiedorowicz also offers a big target in the middle of the field. The Ravens are expected to keep Pitta, even if they use the franchise tag to do it. However, they need depth at the tight end position, and Fiedorowicz could provide it.
Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
A possession receiver who makes tough catches in traffic. Quarterback Joe Flacco could have used more of that in 2013. The Ravens would like to keep Jones, but only at the right place. If Jones departs, drafting someone like Grant could become a bigger priority.
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Matthews is generally considered the best receiver at the Senior Bowl. He is a potential first-round draft pick, and scouts love his size (6-foot-3) and college productivity (262 catches). This draft is deep at wide receiver. So if Matthews lasts until the second round, the Ravens might be thrilled to get him if they don’t take a receiver in Round 1.