By Chris Schisler
The Baltimore Ravens have had a very up and down relationship with the wide receiver position since the team got going in 1996. The best wide receivers have for the most part come from either free agency or via a trade.
Ozzie Newsome has had many successes, but the wide receiver position has vexed him much more than any other. The same man who gave you Travis Taylor in a Ravens uniform drafted Breshad Perriman.
The Ravens are hoping to turn the tide with their receiver luck. Eric DeCosta has drafted six wide receivers in the last three years. Marquise Brown could be poised for a breakout year. Devin Duvernay shows promise and Rashod Bateman is the most exciting prospect the Ravens have ever had at wide receiver.
While the focus on wide receivers tends to skew to the negative when you talk about the Baltimore Ravens, there have been stars at the position. As frustrating as this area of the depth chart has been, this list was surprisingly easy to come up with names for. I actually revised and changed the list I had originally gone with for another project when I was with another website. I’ve thought about this a lot in the past, and also for this post. This is where I am with the rankings.
I really had fun with this list. While the Ravens aren’t known for wide receivers, this exercise allows us to appreciate what we got along the way. The Ravens had a future Hall of Fame receiver in Steve Smith Sr. and a Super Bowl XLVII legend in Anquan Boldin. The Ravens also had a Maryland Terrapin become one of the most beloved players in franchise history. There’s a lot to celebrate here and that’s just a sample.
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Check out the video for the fun analysis of the rankings. Now here are the rankings:
10 Mark Clayton
9 Jermaine Lewis
8 Qadry Ismail
7 Jacoby Jones
6 Michael Jackson
5 Derrick Alexander
4 Torrey Smith
3 Steve Smith Sr.
2 Anquan Boldin
1 Derrick Mason
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