Senior Bowl receivers that could intrigue Ravens

Senior Bowl receivers that could intrigue Ravens
January 25, 2014, 11:15 am
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Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Michael Campanaro (3) catches a touchdown pass as Miami Hurricanes defensive back Deon Bush (2) defends in the second quarter at Sun Life Stadium.

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The Ravens are in the market for wide receivers, and this is a good year to get another weapon for Joe Flacco. Prospects abound at the wide receiver position, including some who will be playing Saturday afternoon at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. If you plan on watching the game (4 p.m., NFL Network), here are 10 wide receiver prospects that could be on the Ravens’ radar. 

Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin – A classic slot receiver who has speed, quickness, and strong route running ability. The biggest question marks are his durability, and whether he has the strength to fend off press coverage.

Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest – A native of Clarksville, Maryland who went to River Hill High School, Campanaro had a strong week of practice. Campanaro’s stock has risen to the point where he could be a third-round pick.

Mike Davis, Texas – Does not shy away from physical contact, and can make plays in traffic. He can also help as a returner, which could make Davis more valuable to the Ravens if they lose Jacoby Jones in free agency.

Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane – He played in NFL-style offense at Tulane, which might make his rookie transition easier. 

Robert Herron, Wyoming – His diminutive size (5-foot-9) raises questions, but Herron has great speed and could be another deep threat to replace Jones, especially if Herron lasts until the fourth or fifth round. 

Cody Hoffman, BYU – His size (6-foot-4, 218 pounds) makes him a nice target. Although he lacks blazing speed, the Ravens need an efficient red zone and third down receiver.

Josh Huff, WR, Oregon – He had 12 touchdowns last season, and he can fly. His route-running needs polish, but he could be an intriguing middle-round pick.

Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt – Considered the class of wide receivers, Matthews can run all the routes. The Ravens might pass on him with their Round 1 pick, but he’s a potential Round 2 steal.  

Kevin Norwood, Alabama – Scouts like his ability to high-point the football and outfight defensive backs for catches. The biggest question mark concerns his speed, but Norwood made plays against elite competition.

Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma – His lack of size (5-foot-9, 164 pounds) will make some teams shy away. But he can return punts, and he is a playmaker. A strong showing at next month’s combine would make more teams interested.

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