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Ravens Could Eye Outside Cornerback, WR With twenty second Pick of 2023 NFL Draft

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens earned the twenty second overall pick within the 2023 NFL draft and may have a possibility to grab a playmaking cornerback or wide receiver with that selection.

Overall, Baltimore has five picks within the upcoming draft with early selection in rounds one and three. Their second-round and fifth-round picks were traded to the Chicago Bears in exchange for linebacker Roquan Smith. A seventh-round pick went to the Latest York Giants as a part of the deal for guard Ben Bredeson in 2021.

The Ravens should not expected to receive a compensatory draft pick for the primary time since 2010.

Baltimore needs a playmaking wide receiver but has taken a wideout twice prior to now 4 drafts, and might resolve to pursue one in free agency.

The Ravens had the twenty second overall just one other time of their history, choosing wide receiver Mark Clayton from Oklahoma in 2005. 

Listed here are some potential targets for the Ravens within the 2023 draft:

Devon Witherspoon, cornerback, Illinois

Breakdown: Witherspoon is a physical cornerback who would fit into the Ravens’ culture. There are some concerns about Witherspoon’s size — 6-foot-1, 180 kilos — but he makes up for that along with his speed and coverage skills. 

Rashee Rice, wide receiver, SMU

Breakdown: Rice — 6-2, 203 kilos — is a solid route runner and caught 96 passes for 1,355 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 12 games this past season. He could make a right away impact. Rice runs a 4.3-40. 

Joey Porter Jr, cornerback, Penn State

Breakdown: 

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, wide receiver, Ohio State

Breakdown: Smith-Njigba was hampered all of last season with a hamstring injury, but he still has an enormous upside and is viewed as a first-round pick. Smith-Njigba set a Big Ten record with 1,606 receiving yards as a sophomore in 2021.

Kayshon Boutte, wide receiver, LSU

Breakdown: Boutte caught 48 passes for 538 yards and two touchdowns through the 2022 season. He has the potential to take the highest off of a defense and break open a game. 

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