Ravens: charting the receivers

Here's a look at the Baltimore Ravens' top options at wide receiver during the first day of this weekend's NFL Draft.

Michigan's Braylon Edwards will be among the first few selections. It's unlikely that USC's Mike Williams will slide far enough for Baltimore to trade up to get him as it would likely cost the Ravens a lot, perhaps even next year's first-round draft pick, but general manager Ozzie Newsome is highly enamored of him.

The Ravens draft 22nd overall in the first round, 53rd overall in the second round and 84th overall in the third round.

1. Mike Williams 6-5, 229 USC 4.56

Comment: Imposing Fred Biletnikoff winner in 2003 sat out last season after aborted attempt to enter the draft early. Could Newsome trade up for Williams, who caught 95 passes for 1,314 yards and 16 touchdowns in his last season for the Trojans?

2. Mark Clayton 5-10, 193 Oklahoma 4.45

Comment: Ultra-productive, polished route-runner and aggressive blocker has it all except size. Consensus All-American selection holds Sooners' career records with 221 receptions, 3,241 yards and 31 touchdown catches.

3. Troy Williamson 6-1, 202 South Carolina 4.31

Comment: Explosive wideout who caught 43 passes for 835 yards and seven touchdowns last season in a run-oriented offense. Lots of natural ability, but would require future development. Tall, long-limbed and could gain additional weight.

4. Roddy White 6-1, 205 Alabama-Birmingham 4.44

Comment: Ravens would be more likely to draft this big-play target if they decide to trade back a few spots. Conference USA standout led the nation last season with 1,452 yards on 71 receptions for 14 touchdowns, averaging 20.5 yards per reception.

5. Reggie Brown 6-2, 197 Georgia 4.51

Comment: Agile, alert prospect who thrived in pro-style offense with 144 catches for 2,008 yards and a dozen touchdowns. Physical athlete who bench presses 400 pound and has a 41 ½ vertical leap and would be worth a look in the second round.

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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