Torrey Smith was the one who delivered. Stefon Diggs was the one who was ignored. DJ Moore could be the one who changes the narrative. The Ravens’ tortured history in drafting and developing wide receivers, long the blemish on general manager Ozzie Newsome’s widely celebrated resume, could be summed up in the recent tales of three Maryland Terps. Smith, a second-round draft pick in 2011, was the most productive of the 25 receivers the Ravens have ever drafted with 213 catches, 3,591 receiving yards and 30 touchdown catches over four seasons with the Ravens. The Ravens had six chances to select Diggs in 2015 before the Minnesota Vikings took him in the fifth round, and he’s since become one of the NFL’s best young receivers. Ravens fans are hoping Moore doesn’t slip through the team’s grasp. Moore said Friday at the NFL scouting combine that he’s been inundated with Twitter messages from Ravens fans who hope he begins his professional career not far north of where he starred in college. He’s also heard from Smith and Diggs, who have offered guidance and support. “Just gives me light because I talk to both of them,” Moore said. “They said [to] enjoy the process and just continue doing what I’m doing, working hard. The NFL is something you have to do every day.” Moore, the 2017 Big Ten Receiver of the Year, said he was advised by the NFL’s College Advisory Committee to stay in school after he racked up 80 catches for 1,033 yards and had nine total touchdowns while dealing with a revolving door of Maryland quarterbacks in 2017. He made himself eligible for the draft anyway and he’s now considered a likely second-round pick.
As Ravens look to end receiver struggles, draft presents opportunities but also questions
Baltimore Sun | Mar 4