Tommy Streeter could be the vertical threat the Ravens have been searching for


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With the 198th overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft last Saturday, the Baltimore Ravens selected speedy Miami wide receiver Tommy Streeter.

The 6-foot-5, 219-pound Streeter could be the tall, vertical threat the Ravens have said they hoped to add during the draft. Streeter has excellent downfield speed for his size. At the NFL Scotuing Combine, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds, which was one of the fastest times among receivers.

However, there are questions about his burst off the line, his route-running ability and other areas of his game.

That being said, if Streeter can figure out those issues, just imagine him paired up on the outside with fellow speedster Torrey Smith.

If he can pitch in as the No. 3 receiver and help stretch the opposing team’s defense along with Smith, the addition of Streeter could make the Ravens’ passing attack much more dangerous. Also, if Streeter is paired up outside the numbers with Smith, it could open things up for Anquan Boldin in the slot, as he’s a matchup problem for any nickel corner given his 6-foot-1, 223-pound stature.

As a redshirt junior last season, Streeter hauled in 46 receptions for 811 yards and eight touchdowns. For his career with the Hurricanes, Streeter caught 52 passes for 967 yards and nine touchdowns.