Where the Ravens stand: The Ravens return their top two wide receivers in Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, who each caught over 60 passes and scored seven touchdowns. There isn't a proven No. 3 wide receiver on the roster because T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Donte' Stallworth are free agents. David Reed, a fifth-round pick, could have more of a role on offense this season. The Ravens recently added James Hardy and Brandon Jones, two veteran receivers who didn't play in 2010. Marcus Smith and Justin Harper are also under contract.
As far as tight end, the Ravens are set with Todd Heap and two draft picks from last season, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta. Heap had a solid season in 2010 with 40 catches and five touchdowns. Dickson showed flashes with 11 catches and one touchdown. Pitta was slowed by two concussions.
Chances that the Ravens draft a WR or TE in first three rounds: High for WR, extremely low for TE. The Ravens desperately need an influx of youth at the wide receiver position. Their top two receivers, Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, are in their 30s. This could be the year where the Ravens find a young receiver to grow with Joe Flacco. But this is the one position where the Ravens have consistently failed to draft a Pro Bowl player. At tight end, it would be a surprise to see the Ravens address this position in the draft after using two picks on it last year.
Possibly on Ravens radar: Titus Young (Boise State), Torrey Smith (Maryland), Jonathan Baldwin (Pittsburgh), Randall Cobb (Kentucky), Leonard Hankerson (Miami), Greg Little (North Carolina), Edmund Gates (Abilene Christian), Vincent Brown (San Diego State), Dwayne Harris (East Carolina), Greg Salas (Hawaii), Cecil Shorts (Mount Union), Austin Pettis (Boise State) and Ricardo Lockette (Fort Valley State).
Outlook: General manager Ozzie Newsome said the Ravens would use one of their nine draft picks on a wide receiver, and the team has certainly done their homework. The Ravens had contact with nearly everyone among the top 20 wide receivers in this draft whether it was a private workout, a meeting at the combine or Senior Bowl or a pre-draft visit. While it's assumed the team will pass on a wide receiver in the first round, there will be plenty of opportunities to grab one in the second round (Young, Smith or Baldwin), third round (Hankerson, Cobb, Little or Gates), fourth round (Shorts, Brown and Harris) and fifth round (Salas, Pettis and Lockette). If the Ravens want a wide receiver who can fly past cornerbacks, they'll have an eye on Young, Smith, Gates and Lockette.
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