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Todd McShay mock 3.0: Ravens take fastest player in the draft

The Baltimore Ravens have a pressing need at wide receiver, and ESPN's Todd McShay projects they'll address that with the fastest player in the draft.

In his third mock draft, McShay has the Ravens going with Washington wide receiver John Ross, who made a name for himself by running the fastest 40-yard dash in the history of the NFL combine. Ross was clocked at 4.22 seconds earlier this month, breaking Chris Johnson's previous record of 4.24.

Putting Ross together with Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman would give the Ravens one of the fastest receiver tandems in the NFL. Ross is another big-play target who set the school record with 11 receptions of at least 50 yards in a career.

But, assuming Western Michigan's Corey Davis is taken in the top 10, the better fit for Baltimore is Clemson's Mike Williams. He has more size (6-foot-4) and strength than Ross and better complements Wallace and Perriman. Williams compares favorably to Brandon Marshall and excels at those inside-breaking routes, which would pair nicely with Baltimore's speedy deep threats.

It's possible the Ravens will have their choice of all the top wide receivers when they're on the clock with the No. 16 overall pick.

Davis, who has been labeled the most complete receiver in the draft, might slip to the middle of the first round after not working out at the NFL combine or his pro day. He is still recovering from ankle surgery he had in January. A 6-2, 205-pound receiver, Davis had 332 catches, an FBS-record 5,285 yards and 52 touchdowns (19 this season) at Western Michigan.

This would mark the second time in three years that the Ravens selected a wide receiver in the first round. In 2015, Baltimore drafted Perriman with the No. 26 overall pick, but he has proven limited in his route running.

Wide receiver has become a priority once again because the Ravens haven't signed a receiver in free agency. There's a void there after the retirement of Steve Smith Sr. and the potential departure of Kamar Aiken in free agency.