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Ravens met with wide receivers Mike Evans, Marqise Lee, Mike Davis

Ravens in market for a wide receiver

By Aaron Wilson

The Baltimore Sun

4:39 PM EST, February 22, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ravens have been doing plenty of due diligence on a talented, deep wide receiver class.

They've already met with towering Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee, Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and Texas wide receiver Mike Davis. The Ravens, including coach John Harbaugh, are scheduled to meet with LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry on Sunday.

Evans -- 6 feet 5, 231 pounds -- is hoping to run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He caught 69 passes for 1,394 yards and a dozen touchdowns last season, frequently jumping over cornerbacks to catch passes from star quarterback Johnny Manziel.

"I think I'm one of the best players in the draft," Evans said. "There's a lot of great receivers in this draft, but I feel like I'm the best one."

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is graded ahead of Evans at this point, but Evans is firmly regarded as a first-round draft target, expected to go within the top half of the first round. The New York Giants have met with Evans and are considered a strong possibility for him.

Evans has been training in San Diego, working with Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton on his route running.

"He's been teaching me a lot," Evans said. "He tells me to keep my arms moving, stay low and how to get in and out of my cuts."

Evans said he likes to "talk a little noise" on the football field and would enjoy squaring off with outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

"I'm a big Richard Sherman fan," Evans said. "That would be a fun matchup. You take the air out of them when you make a good catch and make them stop talking a little bit."

Meanwhile, Lee represents a different style of wide receiver than Evans, at 6 feet, 197 pounds.

Lee's production fell to 57 catches for 791 yards and four touchdowns last season, as he dealt with injuries.

That followed an All-American season as a sophomore in which he was named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year after catching 118 passes for 1,712 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"I liked talking with the Ravens," Lee said. "That was a fun, good meeting. We'll see if they pick me in May, you never know."

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