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Ravens GM Explains Why Team Didn't Draft WR After Marquise Brown Trade

Marquise Brown warms up before a game.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Marquise Brown #5 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

On the opening night of this year's 2022 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens got rid of their No. 1 wide receiver target -- trading Marquise "Hollywood" Brown to the Arizona Cardinals.

After this trade, many fans and analysts assumed the Ravens would select one of the many talented wide receiver options in this year's draft class. But with all their picks in the book, Baltimore's 11-man rookie draft class features zero wideout options.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta explained why the team didn't select any wide receivers in this year's draft.

"Receivers fly off the board in some cases maybe a round to a round and a half earlier than you'd expect," he said, per Baltimore insider Jamison Hensley of ESPN.

As it stands right now, the Ravens' starting wide receiver lineup will likely consist of Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay and James Proche II -- each of whom were drafted within the last two years.

DeCosta and the Ravens front office will likely explore the trade/free-agent markets for some improved wide receiver talent this offseason.