Blogger Blitz: Ravens and need for receiver
April, 24, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
There are rumblings lately that the Baltimore Ravens are looking at Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill in the first round.
Taking wide receivers this early has been one of the few smudges on the Ravens' draft resume. Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton both never lived up to expectations as the No. 1 wide receiver.
So, why would the Ravens use a first-rounder on another wide receiver? Baltimore has to start thinking about the future because this could be Anquan Boldin's last season (he is scheduled to make $6 million in 2012 and 2013). And, after watching Torrey Smith make an immediate impact, it's apparent that Joe Flacco is more comfortable with speed receivers than possession-type ones.
Hill is a raw prospect who has size (6-foot-5) and makes athletic catches deep downfield. The biggest knock on Hill is his limited route-running experience because his college team ran the triple-option offense. There's a chance that Hill won't make it down to the Ravens at No. 29. The Bengals (No. 21), Browns (No. 22) and Texans (No. 26) have all shown interest in him.
As I discuss in the Blogger Blitz video, the more likely scenario is the Ravens addressing wide receiver in the middle rounds.