The top prospects: Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon is the top wide receiver in the draft, and he could go as early as No. 2 overall to the St. Louis Rams, who need help at wide receiver. Blackmon caught 121 passes for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2011. Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd has size (he’s 6-foot-3) and speed. Baylor’s Kendall Wright is a burner. And South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery, who has been linked to the Ravens in mock drafts, could also be a first-round pick, but his 40-yard dash will be scrutinized at the scouting combine.
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Grading the class: In a recent interview with the team's website, Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said that the wide receiver is one of the three best position groups in this year’s draft. Blackmon has been projected to be a top-five draft pick, several receivers could be selected in the first two rounds, and the class has a lot of depth overall, including a bunch of receivers who are six-foot or taller. The wide receiver class gets a B-plus grade.
Fitting the Ravens: General manager Ozzie Newsome stated two weeks ago that the Ravens wanted to address the wide receiver position again this offseason. He didn’t say whether they would do so in the draft or in free agency, but you have to figure the Ravens will draft at least one wide receiver in April -- maybe even one with the No. 29 overall pick. Pairing another speedy receiver with Torrey Smith could really open up their passing attack going forward.