Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said he thinks the Ravens have enough wide receivers and don't necessarily need to add any, although he said he has gotten a pretty reliable scouting report on one of the best receivers in the draft from his brother.
Wide receiver is considered one of the Ravens' most pressing needs after Steve Smith Sr. retired and Kamar Aiken went to the Colts as a free agent. Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman are the only receivers on the roster who caught more than 10 passes last season.
Speaking at the Under Armour Performance Center April 19 as the Ravens kicked off their offseason conditioning program, Flacco said of the receiver corps, "I think we got a lot of young, talented guys, guys that are ready to make a name for themselves and are going to work really hard this offseason to get that done."
Second-year receiver Chris Moore had seven receptions all of last season, but that ranks third among returning receivers. Other receivers on the roster include Michael Campanaro, Kenny Bell, Vince Mayle, Chris Matthews and Keenan Reynolds.
"I think a lot of people will be surprised by Chris Moore this year," said receiver Mike Wallace, who also met with the media. "He works hard, and he's a great player. I see him in practice every day, and I know the types of plays that he can make."
Given the Ravens perceived shortage at receiver, they have been linked in various mock drafts to some of the top receivers in the draft, including Western Michigan's Corey Davis. Flacco's brother, Tom, is a backup quarterback at Western Michigan and has worked with Davis extensively.
"I kind of shot a text to him to see how he felt," Flacco said.
Flacco said his brother said MAC football was all he knows, but Davis "was at another level. … He thought he was really strong; he could run really well. Like I said, that is all he knows, but he could definitely tell the difference between him and the guys he was seeing week to week."
Whether the Ravens draft a receiver early or not, Flacco said after missing all of last season's OTA workouts after surgery on his torn ACL, working out this spring with the receivers will make a big difference.
"Whenever you have guys that are working really hard and you have that camaraderie out here and everyone is looking to get better, you are just developing relationships," he said. "I think that is all going to help when we get to the field. It is nice to have guys that are here and want to work and that we are going to develop here as Baltimore Ravens."