Ravens sign imposing wideout

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron's affinity toward bigger wide receivers has triggered an influx of size to the roster.

In addition to drafting New Mexico's Marcus Smith (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) and Virginia Tech's Justin Harper (6-4, 215 pounds), the Ravens have agreed to terms with undrafted Minnesota wideout Ernie Wheelwright.

Wheelwright is another imposing potential red-zone target.

The 6-5, 215-pound three-year starter for the Golden Gophers caught a career-high 66 passes for 775 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior last season.

Wheelwright is regarded as a classic possession receiver known for fighting for the football in traffic, outleaping shorter defensive backs and his downfield blocking.

With 4.64 speed in the 40-yard dash, he generally doesn't create much separation in the secondary. He was extremely productive, though.

In 44 career starts, he caught 159 passes for 2,434 yards and 26 touchdowns to rank third in school history in receptions and receiving yards and second in touchdown catches.

The Columbus, Ohio native tied the school record for most consecutive games with a receiving touchdown, snagging scoring passes in seven consecutive games last season.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.


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