Charting the receivers

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens' first selection in the NFL draft comes in the second round at 51st overall. They had the lowest-ranked passing game in the league last season, and a trade for All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens was nullified in a settlement.

Here's a look at receivers that could be available, including the scenario of trading up, for the Ravens:

Player College Measurables Speed

Devery Henderson LSU 5-11, 196 4.42

Comment: Top sprinter and vertical threat is a former running back aided by Michael Clayton's presence. Nicknamed "Boo Boo," Henderson raises pitbull terriers.

Rashaun Woods Oklahoma St. 6-2, 202 4.47

Comment: Ultra-productive Cowboy caught seven touchdowns against SMU for an NCAA record. Ravens would have to trade up for player who erased speed questions at the combine.

Keary Colbert USC 6-0, 205 4.4

Comment: Sure-handed possession type holds school mark with 207 receptions. Polished route-runner was helped by attention paid to Mike Williams.

Earnest Wilford Virginia Tech 6-4, 223 4.67

Comment: Imposing target lacks top speed, but this former Hokies defensive end has ideal size. Caught 126 career passes for 2,052 yards and 11 scores.

Devard Darling Washington State 6-1, 211 4.52

Comment: Left Florida State after his twin brother, Devaughn, died during a conditioning drill. With a clean bill of health, Devard caught 104 passes for 1,630 yards and 18 scores.

Derrick Hamilton Clemson 6-3, 197 4.50

Comment: Versatile player has solid hands and intriguing return skills. Caught 167 career passes for 2,312 yards and 16 scores.

Third-round possibilities: Jerricho Cotchery (North Carolina State); P.K. Sam (Florida State); Johnnie Morant (Syracuse); Derrick Hamilton (Clemson); Justin Jenkins (Mississippi St.); Drew Carter (Ohio State); Clarence Moore (Northern Arizona); Triandos Luke (Alabama); Bernard Berrian (Fresno St.).

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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