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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Wake-up caw: Bad history with receivers

By Jamison Hensley

A bad history of drafting wide receivers may affect the Ravens' decision to draft one in the first round, according to Comcast SportsNet's Clifton Brown.

The Ravens' track record has been indisputably awful. Of the 20 wide receivers the Ravens have drafted since 1996, Torrey Smith is the only one to have a 1,000-yard season.

"Yes, the Ravens are dead-set on adding a playmaker or two. But they might accomplish that via a trade, or free agency," Brown wrote. "They will only draft a wide receiver in the first round if they are extremely confident he will make a long-term impact."

I don't think the Ravens will be hesitant to take a wide receiver in the first round because of past failures. They would've selected Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas in the first round if they had fallen to Baltimore. There are intriguing prospects at wide receiver this year (namely Texas A&M's Mike Evans) that will draw the Ravens' interest.

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