The Baltimore Ravens sit at pick number 16 in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Many people have discussed the type of picks that can be made. Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster’s name has been mentioned. His problems off of the field could cause many teams to back off, including the Ravens. Last season, Baltimore decided against picking offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, who most famously had a video of him smoking marijuana out of a gas mask posted to his Twitter account previous to the 2016 draft.
That non-pick proved to be an intelligent decision on Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome’s part. Baltimore would end up drafting offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, who graded out highly by Pro Football Focus. Alongside of Stanley, the Ravens drafted offensive lineman Alex Lewis in the fourth round of the draft. The Ravens made out like bandits and have two young and versatile offensive linemen for the foreseeable future.
What Baltimore has in talent on the offensive line, they lack in playmaking ability at the receiver position. It sounds like a broken record because I’ve discussed this time and time again here on BMore Wired, but the Ravens need a guy with some big play ability at the receiver position.
Enter Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams.
Weight: 218 lbs.
Arm Length: 33 3/8″
Hand Size: 9 3/8″
40-yard Dash: 4.49 (Pro Day)
Williams is a big-bodied target that the Ravens have rarely ever had at the receiver position. He can go up and make plays and he’s fast. He constantly uses his size to bully corners and safeties alike, plus his slant route-running is practically unstoppable because of his speed and footwork.
According to a few scouts, he isn’t the most polished of route runners, but he makes up for that with great hands. He corrects mistakes constantly. You cannot teach his talent at all. Many scouts have compared him to Alshon Jeffrey minus the injuries.
“I’m a big, physical receiver,” Williams said via Sports Illustrated. “I can go get the deep ball, I’m going to block on the edge. I just do it all in one.”
Williams was integral to getting the Tigers to the College Football Playoff Championship Game. He battered the Crimson Tides’ defensive backs all game.
These are SEC players that he dominated against. Not receivers from the “Little Sisters of the Poor Conference”. This guy is the real deal.
Baltimore obviously could use the help at receiver if Joe Flacco is going to pass the ball a whopping 672 times in a season. The Ravens do have Breshad Perriman, who caught 33 passes, on 66 targets, for 499 yards and three touchdowns (15.1 yards per reception) and Mike Wallace, who caught 72 passes, on 116 targets, for 1017 yards and four touchdowns (14.1 yards per reception).
Adding the talent of Williams could give the Ravens three receivers that can accelerate past defenses for big plays. This includes slant routes, fly routes posts, etc. Baltimore could do something that they’ve never done before. They could lead the league in passing yards and touchdowns.
How’s that sound for a dream?