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VIDEO: First Look at Rashod Bateman at Ravens Minicamp

Larry Rupp
Baltimore Ravens fans got their first look at 2021 27th overall pick Rashod Bateman at the team's rookie minicamp.
Baltimore Ravens fans got their first look at 2021 27th overall pick Rashod Bateman at the team's rookie minicamp. / David Berding/Getty Images

The Baltimore Ravens finished 11-5 in a successful 2020 season despite having an almost nonexistent passing attack on offense. In fact, the Ravens finished dead last in the NFL averaging just 171.2 passing yards per game. They wasted no time in the offseason adding an exciting wideout.

Baltimore used the No. 27 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Bateman was widely touted as an underrated prospect at the position and one that could outperform expectations right away. Fans got their first look at the pass-catcher this past week at the team's rookie minicamp.

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While it is a short video, it is quite obvious that Bateman has the size and skills necessary to immediately become a favorite target for quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens could benefit from having another explosive weapon on the offensive side of the ball.

Bateman balled out during his college years with the Golden Gophers and proved he can take on the role of a No. 1 WR. He racked up 2,395 receiving yards on 147 catches and scored 19 touchdowns over the course of three seasons (31 games played). Plus, Bateman missed almost no games due to injury and averaged an impressive 16.3 yards per reception.

This is a situation in which Bateman could shine during his rookie season due to the opportunity he has to contribute. However, he currently only has the 14th-best odds to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award at +5000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Don't be surprised if Bateman becomes a household name by the end of his rookie season.

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