A post-draft assessment of the Ravens' corps of receivers and tight ends:
Players under contract before the draft: wide receivers Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams, David Reed, Rodney Bradley, Patrick Williams, Philip Livas; tight ends Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta, Davon Drew.
2012 draft picks: wide receiver Tommy Streeter (sixth round).
Undrafted free agents: wide receivers Devin Goda (Slippery Rock), Dorian Graham (Syracuse), Deonte Thompson (Florida); tight ends Lamont Bryant (Morgan State), Nick Provo (Syracuse).
What we know:
Boldin and Smith are the starting wideouts, and Dickson will start at tight end, splitting duties with Pitta. After that, its a cast of thousands battling for the deep backup slots.
Up for grabs:
The No. 3 wide receiver spot remains wide open. There are 10 candidates on the roster, for those keeping track. It's a huge opportunity for a bunch of young guys. LaQuan Williams is the only one with an NFL reception to his name.
Dickson caught 54 passes in his first year as a starter, but his blocking was iffy and he dropped a few too many balls late in the season as Pitta came on. There could be some mild lineup juggling. The No. 3 tight end will need to block well and contribute on special teams.
Keep an eye on:
Touchdown Tommy Streeter looks like an absolute steal on paper, a 6-5 guy who runs a 4.4 40 and caught more passes for Miami in 2011 than Stephen Hill did in his career at Georgia Tech. He dropped in the draft because hes raw, and the Ravens have the habit of burying rookie receivers taken in the mid-to-late rounds, but he has as much upside as anyone. The Ravens should throw him a million balls in the preseason.
Boldin (32 in October) plays tough and can still produce but struggles more and more every year to gain separation from defenders. Smith, already a game-breaker, had an excellent rookie season but can improve his consistency and drop fewer balls. Pitta is a tweener who could line up in the slot and cause matchup headaches.
Fans were hoping to see a big-name addition to this group after the pasing game struggled at times in 2011, but the Ravens passed on the free agent market (wisely as it spun out of control) and also passed on receivers high in the draft, leaving the status quo in place. One way or another, the Ravens need to get more out of this group as they seek yet again to improve their passing game.