NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Giants, Patriots trade up; Redskins land defensive help
The Ravens are probably going to look to add a receiver early in the 2019 draft. While there were some who thought the Ravens could target a running back early to pair with Lamar Jackson, the team signed Mark Ingram in free agency. So, that option doesn’t seem likely.
With a bunch of solid receivers on the board, it seems probable that the Ravens will consider some of the top options on the board here. That said, Parris Campbell seems to be a player that the Ravens might have interest in. And the Ohio State player is on the rise in the lead-up to the draft.
Campbell is an intriguing option for Baltimore. Last year, their best receiver for most of the season was speedster John Brown. However, Brown never developed chemistry with Jackson as the quarterback and as a result, he faded down the stretch. Brown signed with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason, so he will need to be replaced.
Campbell should be able to seamlessly replace Brown in the offense. He was a great deep threat for Ohio State and has the speed needed to take the top off a defense. It’s also notable that Campbell wasn’t exactly used optimally with the Buckeyes, as he got the ball on a lot of short routes and was used as more of a gadget player. While Campbell is great after the catch and getting him the ball in space is good, using him as a downfield threat more frequently could lead him to find a lot of success in the NFL.
With Campbell in tow, the Ravens will have a true No. 1 receiver. The 22nd pick may seem a bit early for him, but he is on the rise and if the Ravens want a true speed threat, he may be the top option. Marquise Brown and A.J. Brown are the other receiver options at this juncture.