As a part of our coverage here at Russell Street Report, we’ll be featuring the best prospects all across the board in any situation the Ravens might come across. Whether it’s a receiver in the first round, a quarterback in the sixth, or a guard in the third, we’ll cover the Ravens best options in any scenario. Barring any trades, the team will pick in the middle of each round—so we’ll see who is available when the Ravens are projected to select their upcoming stars. This will make it easy for you the fan to look at what the Ravens are seeing in future NFL prospects.
In the 5th round, we start to dig for a few sleepers that might make an impact in camps and the pre-season. Fifth-rounders are often kept on the active roster in the first season, but they’ll most likely be relegated to special teams duty, with an eye to perhaps contributing on offense in the future (a la Kyle Juszczyk). Here are a few wide-outs to look for in the fifth round that may be able to make an immediate impact.
Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
Although a victim of poor quarterback play during his time at Rutgers, Coleman showed a few traits that will interest NFL teams.
Standing at 6’5” with a big frame, it’s hard to miss Coleman when he’s on the field. He made a big impact with the Scarlet Knights, even without a top-notch quarterback. He scored 20 touchdowns and averaged about 19 yards per catch.
The trouble with Coleman is his ability to play the way he looks. Although he’s a big-bodied guy, he fails to play with the physicality and speed that someone akin to Calvin Johnson has. Coleman does make all the easy plays and has the hands you look for.
Coleman should get some looks in the 4th round, but his most-likely landing spot lies in the middle of the 5th. Look for him to compete for a roster spot and turn some heads in rookie camp.
Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
Here’s an interesting prospect that might wake some defenses up and mix-up the often “vanilla” Ravens offense.
At Wake Forest, Campanaro was used in a variety of ways in his college offense. Often lined up in the slot, the 5’10” receiver had a multitude of plays in the playbook, most notably the end-around. In his 2013 game against Boston College, he was in motion many times and was used in the “option” package for Wake Forest.
He showed good down-field vision and the ability to shift where he needed to, making defenders miss and executing the proper cuts.
Campanaro wouldn’t be the most prototypical fit in a Joe Flacco-led offense, but he could shake things up and add some plays in what will be a brand-new look in Baltimore. If this pick is made, expect it to be from Gary Kubiak.