I doubt Baltimore has much interest in either player and that would be a shame if they don’t.
If you look around the NFL, the only way to overcome predictable playcalling that puts your quarterback on his back and simplistic schemes that never put defenses on their heels is to overload with fool-proof elite offensive weapons.
You could argue this description fits Anquan Boldin with his great leaping ability, angles, physicality and catch radius. The same for Todd Heap. Ray Rice is near this level but is used primarily in the running game that suffered from average blocking a lot of the year.
When you combine elite offensive talent and superb offensive scheme/playcalling, records are set. The Ravens don’t have that option as they are again saddled by the prevent offense of Cam Cameron.
When you just have elite talent and meek play-calling, you get what the Cardinals were in 2008-2009 and the Steelers with Big Ben: playmakers winning match-ups, overcoming the simplicity of the offense and sometimes improvising (Kurt Warner often called his own plays) when the play called inevitably is sniffed out.
This is why I am endorsing using the first pick on Titus Young. The guy is a little bit weak, a bit of a diva, and thrived on a team that generally pillaged the WAC. That being said…
Titus Young averaged a full yard per catch more than ALL FOURTEEN other div. I receivers in Pro Football Weekly’s top fifteen receivers for the 2011 Draft (Edmond Gates from Abilene Christian was higher). He makes a lot of dazzling catches and he is far more developed in his route-running than Torrey Smith and possesses a wider array of tricks than Leonard Hankerson. I know that after Terrence Cody, David Reed and Sergio Kindle, Baltimore fans probably don’t want a player that has an injury history. That said, they’re in a bit of a bind. Their last game was an embarrassment and a microcosm of the lack of aggressiveness with which the Ravens attacked opposing defenses.
The Ravens’ motto should be the same as the Chicago White Sox, “All In”. Drafting Titus Young is possibly not enough. Randy Moss is out there and he’s a receiver that has historically been unstoppable when highly motivated. Titans coach Mike Munchak has confirmed what Percy Harvin and Bill Belichick have said, which is that he leads by example at practice, blocks well, and is loved by his teammates. He will likely be a low-risk, high-reward guy. If you have him for a one-year deal, he is bound to put up big numbers. What people wondered about was how he would work in a limited role. In Tennessee, he was on the field for a handful of snaps each of the last few games. Maybe he didn’t learn the offense. I don’t know. People who want to blame Moss need to realize that for him to get two quarterbacks, the offensive coordinator and head coach all fired (which all happened), he would need to be on the field.
The Ravens aren’t going to come out, guns blazing, with an up-tempo, spread-them-out, diverse attack that continually takes shots all over the field. The most they can do is draft and sign players that can succeed and create match-ups even when the defense knows what is coming. Bisciotti and Harbaugh need to get serious about creating match-ups because their window is closing.