A closer look at the areas the Baltimore Ravens could address in the draft. We'll get started Monday with a look at wide receiver, which is scheduled to work out Saturday in Indianapolis.
Position of need: It feels like wide receiver is a priority every year for the Ravens, but maybe even moreso this offseason. Steve Smith, the team's leading receiver, turns 36 in May, and Torrey Smith is an unrestricted free agent. All the other Ravens wide receivers caught less than 25 passes last season. The Ravens have tried to patch together this position with aging receivers over the years, trading for Anquan Boldin and Lee Evans and signing Smith and Derrick Mason. At some point, the Ravens need to find a No. 1 receiver in the draft like the Cincinnati Bengals (A.J. Green) and Pittsburgh Steelers (Antonio Brown) did. The Ravens haven't drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2005.
Three players the Ravens could target in the draft:
Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri/Oklahoma: He's an explosive physical talent who comes with a tremendous amount of baggage and red flags. How Green-Beckham explains his several run-ins with the law during the interview process at the combine could determine if teams will be willing to use a late first-round pick on him. His outstanding combination of height, bulk and straight-line speed should make him a player to watch in Indy, especially after he didn't play last season. It's likely that no wide receiver has more on the line at the combine than Green-Beckham.
Jaelen Strong, Arizona State: His production (82 catches for 1,165 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns) and physical tools are going to be intriguing to the Ravens. He consistently made contested catches in traffic because of his size (6-3), strength and body control. The concern with Strong is his speed. His 40-yard time at the combine is expected to affect his draft stock. Strong has drawn comparisons to Dwyane Bowe.
Devin Funchess, Michigan: He began his college career as a tight end but he projects best as a wide receiver with downfield big-play abilities. Funchess finished with 126 catches for 1,715 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons, although the production should come with an asterisk considering Michigan's numerous issues at quarterback. His size (6-5, 230 pounds) can create matchup problems and would address a lack of size at the Ravens' wide receiver position. The concern is his inconsistency in catching the ball.