Throughout their 18-year history the Ravens have had a difficult time discovering and developing talent at the position of wide receiver. It was once so bad that prior to the 2011 second round selection of Torrey Smith, fans dreaded the thought of the Ravens burning a first round pick on a wide receiver.
We have Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton to thank for that.
The absence of a prototypical No. 1 WR has only added fuel to the fire of Baltimore’s yearning for a player in the mold of a Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald. So far none have come even remotely close.
Be that as it may, we still need five pass catchers to complete our wide receiver corps. Our kick return specialist, either Jacoby Jones or Jermaine Lewis will be our sixth receiver.
Here are our candidates for the other five slots:
Perhaps some of these receivers have been hamstrung by poor quarterback play, less than cutting edge play design, or both. Yet of those who have moved on to other teams, none other than Boldin succeeded at levels that were measurably better than their numbers here in Charm City.
It’s been said before that Baltimore is where wide receivers’ careers go to die. Perhaps Gary Kubiak’s offense can put that notion to rest.
So far we’ve voted upon 31 of the 53 spots and with this poll we’ll add 5 more at wide receiver (remembering that Jacoby Jones or Jermaine Lewis, Return Specialists, will double as our sixth WR). The leaders so far are as follows:
- Quarterback (2): Joe Flacco, Vinny Testaverde VOTE HERE
- Running Back (3): Jamal Lewis, Ray Rice, Priest Holmes/Willis McGahee (tie) VOTE HERE
- Center (1): Matt Birk
- Guard (4): Marshal Yanda, Ben Grubbs, Edwin Mulitalo, Kelechi Osemele VOTE HERE
- Defensive Linemen (8): Haloti Ngata, Mike McCrary, Kelly Gregg, Tony Siragusa, Jarret Johnson, Sam Adams, Rob Burnett, Trevor Pryce VOTE HERE
- Cornerback (6): Chris McAlister, Lardarius Webb, Duane Starks, Jimmy Smith, Samari Rolle, Corey Graham VOTE HERE
- Safety (3): Ed Reed, Rod Woodson, Dawan Landry VOTE HERE
- Long Snapper (1) ~ Morgan Cox
- Return Specialist (1) ~ Jacoby Jones VOTE HERE
- Punter (1) ~ Sam Koch
- Kicker (1) ~ Matt Stover
Now without further ado, on to the voting for wide receiver…