The Baltimore Ravens have faced a healthy amount of criticism over the years for not being able to draft and develop wide receivers. While there have been a few successful pass catchers who Baltimore has developed, for the most part it has been a struggle for the Ravens, who have seen more misses than hits at the position.
Despite doing their best over the years to develop their own receivers, Baltimore feels confident in the group that they currently have in Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay and James Proche. During his pre-draft press conference with the Baltimore media, general manager Eric DeCosta shared that he’s “insulted” by the fan discontent surrounding the current pass catchers on their roster.
Eric DeCosta: “I’m aware there’s some fan discontent with our WRs and our drafting. … We’ve got some really good young WRs. It’s insulting to these guys when they hear we don’t have any WRs. It’s quite insulting. I’m insulted by it too, to be honest.”
— Sarah Ellison (@sgellison) April 19, 2021
The four young wideouts have plenty of potential. Brown has caught 15 touchdowns in two seasons, showing that he has what it takes to be an impact player at the next level. Duvernay and Proche got limited opportunities during their rookie seasons, and the only one who can be labeled as a true “disappointment” so far is Boykin. DeCosta doesn’t like that fans are so quick to give up on the players, who have just a few years of experience and are still developing.
In drafting them, DeCosta and company showed that they saw stardom in each of the young wide receivers currently on the roster. He doesn’t think it’s fair to them or to the organization, as people have been calling for them to be traded or even outright released. He and his staff believe in every single player on the team, and that’s no different for the young pass catchers, who will be relied upon heavily during the 2021 season.