Will Ozzie Newsome remove biggest blemish in final draft as Ravens GM?

From ESPN - February 13, 2018

If Ozzie Newsome was not in the Hall of Fame as a tight end, he would certainly go to Canton as a general manager.

Newsome has distinguished himself like few others, drafting two Hall of Fame players, two Super Bowl MVPs, a couple of NFL defensive rookies of the year as well as NFL offensive and defensive players of the year during his time with the Baltimore Ravens.

His most glaring weakness has been wide receiver. Newsome has never drafted a Pro Bowl receiver, and three of his biggest misses in the first round have been Travis Taylor, Mark Clayton and Breshad Perriman.

Will Newsome remove that blemish from his record in his final draft as the Ravens general manager? Wide receiver is a top priority because Mike Wallace and Michael Campanaro are free agents, Jeremy Maclin could get cut, and Perriman has arguably been the franchise's biggest first-round bust.

The Ravens find themselves in a tough spot if they are looking to take a receiver in the first round again. At No. 16, Baltimore could be too far down to get Alabama's Calvin Ridley and might too high up to select Texas A&M's Christian Kirk, SMU's Courtland Sutton or Oklahoma State's James Washington.

The Ravens' options for a first-round wide receiver might be to either trade up for Ridley or trade down, where the perceived value is better for Kirk, Sutton or Washington.

Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta told the team's website that the strength of this year's wide-receiver class is in the second and third rounds, where there could be "eight or nine guys that you feel comfortable taking."


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