Starting with this week, I will be back to each position's rundown taking place on Sunday. For now, here's the big one: wide receiver. To pick the number of WR's, I will go by the Ravens standard once again, which is six. For the poll, please choose only six wide receivers that you think will make the team.
Here are the choices:
1. Torrey Smith (24): Torrey is clearly our best WR. He really broke out last year, and still has plenty of room to grow into a potential game-changing, superstar. His speed alone makes him incredibly dangerous, and as he learns to use his hands better, he will only improve. He's guaranteed.
2. Jacoby Jones (28): Jacoby is an all-pro returner that was also able to give us some big plays at the WR position last year. He'll likely be relied on more at WR this year, but may end up being the number 3 again if any of the following step up. He's another guarantee.
3. Tandon Doss (23): Doss is a receiver known for his hands. He had a rough game against Indy, but it hasn't been indicative of what has been shown from his this offseason. Doss has apparently been the best of the bunch, making plenty of tough catches over the middle. He hasn't truly "impressed" yet, though. He's in battle for the WR spot anywhere from 2-4.
4. Deonte Thompson (24): DT is the fan favorite here. People want him because of his speed, although his hands are still a work in progress. Being very similar to Torrey and Jacoby may hold him back from being a starter, but he has so much potential that he'll make the team no problem. He's still in competition for spots 2-4.
5. David Reed (26): Reed has played very well in OTAs. He fits the mold of the slot receiver that we're missing. With Cam gone, Reed was used correctly and actually played very well. He doubles as a ST standout as a gunner and returner, which only increases his odds of making the team.
6. LaQuan Williams (25): LaQuan is another fan favorite that just doesn't seem to have a spot. He's been given many opportunities, but has yet to seize any of them. Being placed on IR showed his standing within the organization last year. Word is that he has been generally unimpressive in OTAs, and may be cut this year.
7. Tommy Streeter (23): Streeter is incredibly raw, but has enormous potential. You can't teach the size and speed combo that he has. With that being said, his hands and route running are still a work in progress. He offers a completely different look on offense, and for that reason, he has a strong chance to make the squad.
8. Aaron Mellette (23): Mellette is a guy much in the mold of Boldin. He's big, physical, and not afraid to go over the middle. While he's impressed at times in OTAs, he's also looked very overmatched as well. Sometimes his hands show up and other times they don't. ST is his key to the team at this point.
9. Marlon Brown (22): Brown is a big guy at 6'4 coming out of Georgia. He recently suffered a torn ACL, so he may be a stash. However, he may still be able to come back from the injury, which is why he's still placed here. If he does make it back to practice, ST is the only way he has a chance to make the team this year.
10. Rashaad Carter (23): Carter is a WR out of small school Tusculum. He's been the standout out of the UDFA's that are in camp. He's shown good speed, quality hands, and a willingness to play ST. While he's a long shot to make the team, he may be a prime practice squad candidate.
11. Gerrard Sheppard (22): Sheppard is a local product out of Towson. He probably doesn't have much of a chance to make the team. He has average speed and average hands. He's likely just a camp body.
12. Marcus Rivers (23): Rivers had a stint with GB, but was cut, which doesn't bode too well considering they're a WR factory. He's a big guy at 6'5, but doesn't have the speed, hands, or physicality to put that body to use. He's another likely camp body.
Edited by rmw10, 30 July 2013 - 04:34 PM.