Since there are several talented wide receivers available, the Ravens are in luck with needing one. That's what Mike Mayock, draft expert of the NFL Network, is saying. On a national conference call, Mayock expressed that he has not seen a wide receiver draft like this one in years.
Overall, Mayock is impressed with the draft overall and commented: “This is the deepest and best draft I’ve seen in the last 10 years, and that’s been reinforced by most of the general managers and scouts I’ve talked to throughout the league. I had one GM tell me the other day that having a top 20 pick this year is very similar to having a top 10 pick last year. … There is going to be somebody that you say, ‘Wow, that’s a great football player.’” He hopes that the Ravens will also look into an offensive tackle in addition to a wide receiver.
It is the perfect match up that the 2014 draft has so many promising athletes and the Ravens are looking for a pass catcher before preseason. It would be to their advantage to bring in a receiver along with their first choice. Mayock believes that USC's Marquise Lee, Texas A&M's Mike Evans, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin, and LSU's Jarvis Landry are the best receivers available for the Ravens. Sammy Watkins from Clemson is said to be the best receiver this year and will be the first to go, so he will not be an option for the Ravens. However there should be choices left when the Ravens get their pick as No. 17. Each of the receivers has advantages on the field. Marquise Lee is less than 200 pounds and 6 feet tall, making him more nimble, but others bring in better throwing distance like Mike Evans.
With four touchdowns, 791 yards, and 57 catches, Lee's last season was not as spectacular as Evans' who scored 12 touchdowns, 69 catches, and 1,394 yards. On the other hand, in the 2012 season Lee scored 14 touchdowns with 118 catches and 1,721 yards. It is definitely going to be a big decision for the Ravens' general manager.