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Darrius Heyward-Bey

With crowded and confident receiver class, Ravens have decisions to make in first round

With crowded and confident receiver class, Ravens have decisions to make in first round

A decade ago, one of the most accomplished wide receivers in college football history, a two-time unanimous All-American for a Big 12 contender, was picked after a player who’d never finished with 800 receiving yards in a season.

The names are familiar to those in Baltimore. The No. 7 overall pick in that 2009 draft: former McDonogh star and Maryland speedster Darrius Heyward-Bey. Going three picks after him: Michael Crabtree, one of only two two-time winners of the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver.

As Ravens officials headed to the NFL scouting combine this week, desperately searching for a game-breaking wide receiver, their release of Crabtree on...

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