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What You Need to Know:
-A 4-star recruit, Bateman (6’0, 190) delivered a strong 51-704-6 freshman line at Minnesota. He really broke out as a sophomore (60-1,219-11).
-The 21-year-old originally decided to opt out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID before changing his mind and re-joining the team in late September. He played in 5 games before electing to sit out the remainder of the season.
-In 2020, he posted 36-472-2, hitting 100 yards in 3 of 5 appearances.
-Bateman wins with excellent releases and route-running. There’s some Keenan Allen to his game.
-With the Ravens, Bateman profiles as the instant co-#1 alongside Marquise Brown.
-Bateman figures to do most of his damage on short/intermediate routes, while Brown handles the deeper routes.
-Baltimore also added veteran Sammy Watkins in free agency. Only 28, Watkins has missed 14 games over the past 3 seasons (all in Kansas City).
-Watkins’ inability to flourish with the Chiefs indicates that Bateman should outproduce him this fall.
-Still, Baltimore’s ranked 32nd in pass attempts in back to back seasons — both under current OC Greg Roman. The Ravens ranked 26th in total plays last year; 7th in ’19 (Lamar Jackson’s breakout year).
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
When it comes to the pass catchers, the Ravens are as deep as they’ve been in years. Marquise Brown, Sammy Watkins and Mark Andrews don’t look flashy on paper, but they’re enough to forecast an inconsistent year 1 for Bateman.
Once again, Baltimore will remain run-heavy.
Still, we buy the talent here, and it wouldn’t be a shock if Bateman ends the year as Baltimore’s 2nd most targeted pass catcher. He’s a late-round stash for summer drafts.