The Cleveland Browns opened up the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, selecting Texas A&M wide receiver Damion Ratley with pick No. 175. Ratley is the second receiver of the Browns draft and the second one taken on Day 3. Cleveland took wide receiver Antonio Callaway of Florida in the fourth round. Ratley is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior wide receiver.
Ratley did not play his freshman season, but in his career he has 47 receptions for 920 yards and eight touchdowns in 21 games. Last season as a senior, he posted 30 receptions for 694 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 23.1 yards per reception as a senior. While his production may not be up to par with the other receivers in the class, his athletic testing was great.
At his college pro day, he ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, while also broad jumping 10-feet-4, leaping 38-inches in the vertical and running 6.92 seconds in the 3-cone drill1. These results show off his impressive athleticism at 6-foot-3. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had this to say about the newest Browns receiver:
Ratley’s combination of size, athleticism, and pure speed makes him an intriguing prospect despite the fact that he managed just 47 catches over his three seasons at Texas A&M. While he has bonafide field-stretching speed, he also has the athletic ability and foot quickness to handle underneath routes as well. Ratley is raw and will need to improve his press release and routes, but his explosiveness gives him a shot at making a roster or practice squad as a late rounder or undrafted free agent.
The Browns are in need of offensive playmakers, especially at wide receiver, so Ratley fits a need. The pick seems like a projection and a hope that the coaches can get more out of the athletic ability of the Texas A&M receiver. It will be interesting to see his development in Cleveland.
2018 Browns Draft Picks
3rd Round: DE Chad Thomas, Miami (FL)
4th Round: WR Antonio Callaway, Florida
5th Round: LB Genard Avery, Memphis
- Pro day stats from draftscout.com [↩]