The Ravens used their third fourth-round pick, number 132 overall, to select wide receiver Jaleel Scott out of New Mexico State.
Scott is a big receiver who has just enough speed for his skill set to translate. Most of his highlights from college involve him winning tough jump balls over the heads and arms of defenders, which is a kind of presence the Ravens haven’t had since Anquan Boldin.
Unfortunately, his lack of upper-end speed and big body has made Scott reliant on contested catches. He often doesn’t do a great job of losing defenders, which won’t translate to the next level. Scott will have to work on his route-running to find space in the NFL against the bigger, more skilled pro defensive backs.
Many predicted the Ravens would go wide receiver as early as their first pick, given the fact that Baltimore hasn’t had a great wideout for Flacco to throw to in years, and the offense has suffered. It is clear Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens GM, had a couple receivers he was willing to pull the trigger on, and Scott was the first one he actually decided on. He will battle with Chris Moore and Breshad Perriman for the 4th receiver spot, which will be fun to watch this summer.