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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Analyzing Kiper 3.0: Ravens

By Jamison Hensley

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has the Baltimore Ravens taking a wide receiver. The position isn't a surprise, but the name might be.

Kiper has Oregon State's Brandin Cooks going to the Ravens at No. 17. Overlooked because of his size (5-foot-9), Cooks generated a lot of buzz last month when he ran the second-fastest 40 of the weekend at 4.33 seconds and was equally as impressive in the on-field drills.

This solidified Cooks as a first-round prospect along with the likes of Mike Evans, Marqise Lee and Kelvin Benjamin, all of whom have been linked to the Ravens at some point.

I'm not sold on the Ravens going with Cooks. If they sign a wide receiver like Steve Smith in free agency, the Ravens don't want two targets for Joe Flacco under 6-foot.

The Ravens still need to take a young receiver in the first couple of rounds, no matter what they do in free agency. But Cooks seems to be a risky prospect who could join Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton as disappointing first-round wide receivers.