Devontez Walker could be in line for a big Ravens role after dominating OTAs

The Baltimore Ravens may have waited until the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft to add a wide receiver to their new offense, but they managed to pull off a steal on North Carolina star Devontez Walker. Getting a clear Day 2 talent in the middle of the fourth round was a win for Eric DeCosta.

Heading into OTAs, Walker is projected to be the fourth wide receiver on the depth chart. Zay Flowers is a rising star, struggling former first-round draft pick Rashod Bateman was just extended and Nelson Agholor was brought back on a cheap deal.

Walker’s speed and playmaking ability in the field will be key to getting snaps as a rookie. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Walker was one of the top performers at OTAs, showcasing all the skills that made him a perfect vertical field stretcher in college.

Walker defeated fellow fourth-round rookie and steal TJ Tampa twice in OTAs, finding himself on the receiving end of a Josh Johnson touchdown pass and a deep ball down the far sideline. Zrebiec labeled Walker as a “promising player who will help diversify the receiving corps.” The hype train could be leaving the station.

Walker has already received some pretty impressive praise from DeCosta, with the Ravens front office maestro comparing him to another deep mid-round threat in Torrey Smith. If he ends up being as good as Smith, Walker will be one of the best Day 3 picks Baltimore has made in years.

Walker’s lone season at North Carolina had many bumps in the road, as the NCAA limited him to nine games due to transfer-related nonsense and a poor performance at the Senior Bowl, which may have left a bad taste in the mouths of many NFL teams. Baltimore was undeterred and they were able to reap the rewards during his rookie season.

Walker is a 6-2 receiver with 4.36 speed and solid hands, making him a perfect replacement for Agholor in the short or long term. While Baltimore doesn’t always hand over starting roles to rookies, Agholor’s historic issues with drops could be enough to jumpstart Walker into the starting lineup.

The Ravens have enough depth at wide receiver to let Walker marinate on the bench if that’s what they want to do, but they also have a very clear path to inserting him into the starting lineup if he continues to impress.

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