As if the Ravens didn't upgrade their passing game enough by landing speedy receiver Torrey Smith in the second round, they got a complementary receiver in Tandon Doss in the fourth. If Doss does in the NFL what he did for Indiana, that combination may be on the receiving end of Joe Flacco throws for years.
While Smith has the ability to stretch a defense and invoke the "vertical" passing game, Doss has the ability to make plays in the intermediate range and across the middle of the field. He was the go-to player on offense at Indiana, where he caught the ball, ran the ball, was featured in the Wildcat formation and even returned 66 kickoffs in his college career.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said he expects Smith and Doss to be on the field at the same time this season.
"Torrey has very good speed," Newsome said. "He was clocked in under 4.4 at the combine, so he has a vertical presence. Tandon has an inside presence. He's a very smart kid. He played all five positions, lined up at quarterback in the Wildcat at Indiana.
"The two strengths they bring to the table are something we need on the offense, and those strengths are going to allow them to get on the field very, very early."
Doss was described in one pre-draft guide as having similar ability to T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who played for the Ravens last season and will be a free agent this year.
That doesn't bode well for Houshmandzadeh returning. And we already knew Donte' Stallworth wasn't coming back.
The addition of both young receivers give the Ravens a hedge against a receiving corps that has a lot of age. Anquan Boldin is going into his ninth year in the NFL and is still in his prime. Derrick Mason, 37, is going into his 15th season and he is still able to get open consistently on the comeback route.
Assuming Smith and Doss are as good as advertised, the Ravens have their future receivers.
And Newsome clearly believes Smith will be good enough to start as a rookie. When asked if Torrey might return kicks this season, Newsome responded with higher expectations.
"He has the ability to be a return, more recently a kickoff returner," Newsome said. "[But] he's coming in to get the opportunity to compete to be a starting wide receiver."