Ravens target three position cornerback, offensive tackle wide receiver.

These are ten prospects the Ravens could target on a crowded Day 3 as the draft draws to a close.

The Ravens entered the NFL draft with pressing needs at cornerback, offensive tackle, edge rusher and wide receiver. Through two days, they’ve addressed all but their wideout position.

Now, with six picks over the next four rounds, general manager Eric DeCosta can spend Day 3 cruising around his draft board, looking for value.

“I think tomorrow, we’re in a position where we’re just basically [on an] open highway, and we can just sit back and just draft the best guys that we see on the board, without any real thought to position or how they’re going to fit, roster-wise,” he said Friday night. “We’re just going to draft the best football players.”

The Ravens have two fourth-round picks (Nos. 113 and 130), one pick in both the fifth (No. 165) and sixth rounds (No. 218) and two selections in the seventh round (Nos. 228 and 250). Here are some of the players they could target Saturday — and the roles they could fill as DeCosta fills out his roster. (Players’ rankings on Arif Hasan’s consensus big board are noted in parentheses).

WR with a big play: Troy Franklin of Oregon (No. 39)
At the NFL scouting combine, Franklin performed poorly in the gauntlet drill and ran a slower-than-expected 40-yard dash (4.41 seconds). Even yet, hardly many observers anticipated that he would reach Day 3. With 1,383 receiving yards and 14 receiving touchdowns, the 6-foot-2, 176-pound Franklin tied for third in the Football Bowl Subdivision and set a new school record for Oregon last season. He caught 13 receptions with at least 20 air yards in 2023, making him a consistent vertical threat for quarterback Bo Nix, according to Sports Info Solutions. Although Franklin’s contested-catch skills, unreliable hands, and play strength are concern areas, his output as a two-year starter cannot be disputed.

Potential ‘X’ WR: UCF’s Javon Baker (No. 95)

After two quiet years at Alabama and a productive debut season for the Golden Knights, Baker broke out in 2023 as a big-play wideout. Lining up primarily as an outside receiver, Baker ranked second in the FBS in yards per catch (21.9), pairing downfield production (15 catches of at least 20 air yards) with after-the-catch production (7.2 yards per reception), according to Pro Football Focus. The 6-1, 202-pound Baker finished with 52 catches for 1,139 yards, but he had almost as many drops (six) as touchdowns (seven). His middling long speed (4.54-second 40) could also limit his upside as a developmental “X” receiver.

Under-the-radar WR: Holy Cross’ Jalen Coker (No. 243)

Coker led the Football Championship Subdivision last season with 15 receiving touchdowns and finished eighth in receiving yards (1,040). Despite his lack of elite speed (4.57-second 40), the 6-1, 208-pound Coker has an explosive athletic profile that compares favorably to that of Rashee Rice, Brandon Aiyuk and Nate Burleson. Coker’s transition to the NFL won’t be easy, but his ball skills and feel for the game are good enough to help him carve out a role as a possession receiver.

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