SB Nation: NFL Draft 2021 Results: Reviewing This Year's Best Picks: Bateman to Ravens


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Pick No. 27: Baltimore Ravens Select WR Rashod Bateman​

  1. The Baltimore Ravens needed a vertical spark on offense. Lamar Jackson hasn't had a consistent go-to target at wide receiver, and this selection could elevate the 2019 MVP's game to another level.
    Rashod Bateman should take on a sizable role in the upcoming season. He won't have any issues with separation on the pro level because of his sharp routes, fluid movement and adequate game speed to break away in space. The Minnesota product has scheme versatility with experience on the outside and in the slot.
    Bateman had a breakout 2019 term, hauling in 60 passes for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. In that season, he shared targets with wideout Tyler Johnson, who led the Gophers across major receiving categories. Yet Bateman made the most of his opportunities with chunk plays, which helps his transition to the pros in Baltimore.
    Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman will likely stick to a run-heavy approach, but he has a new playmaker who can keep safeties out of the box. Bateman could become the lead wide receiver over Marquise Brown, who's more of a secondary option at the position.
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