Baltimore Ravens: Devin Duvernay set up to shine as rookie playmaker

Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Devin Duvernay (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens rookie wide receiver Devin Duvernay (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

Rookie wide receiver Devin Duvernay is set up for immediate success in the Baltimore Ravens offense.

Starting with the first-round selection of Patrick Queen, the Baltimore Ravens absolutely crushed the 2020 NFL Draft. General manager Eric DeCosta and company were able to put together an impressive overall draft class by filling important needs with talented players on both sides of the ball. Many of these guys will provide solid depth at positions of need, but third-round wide receiver Devin Duvernay stands out as a player who can make an immediate impact as a rookie.

Wide receiver stood out as a major need for the Baltimore Ravens entering the draft and they attacked that need by taking Duvernay in the third round and James Proche in the sixth. Proche is certainly an interesting player who may grow into a solid contributor, but Duvernay is an explosive talent who has a path to immediate playing time for this team.

Duvernay did most of his damage out of the slot in college, showing solid route running prowess and great run after catch ability. He shows good quickness, explosive deep speed and tracks the ball in the air extremely well. Duvernay has strong hands and does a great job of turning upfield quickly and making plays after the catch. He is a naturally elusive receiver with the ball in his hands and shows off impressive speed once he finds a crease in the defense.

During his MVP season of 2019, Lamar Jackson showed impressive ability as a deep passer. He clearly has a live arm and shows impressive touch on his deep ball. The Ravens have an exciting deep threat on the outside in Marquise Brown and with Duvernay in the mix, they now have a legitimate deep threat out of the slot.

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The Ravens are certainly putting together an interesting young group of receivers, but it is still a relatively unproven group. There is undoubtedly room for a talented rookie like Duvernay to come in and do some serious damage in this offense.