Taken with the 27th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, Minnesota's Bateman will be looked on to aid in Baltimore improving its passing attack with Jackson, who's led a historical ground game over the past two campaigns.
A fundamentally sound wide receiver who brings a complete package, Bateman, the second of the 2021 first-round class to sign his rookie deal after the Colts' Kwity Paye, is one of two first-rounders for the Ravens, along with Penn State linebacker Jayson Oweh, who was selected at No. 31 (a pick the Ravens acquired in a trade that sent Orlando Brown to the Chiefs). Bateman is expected to make $2.29 million in his rookie season, per Over the Cap's rookie pool estimations.
In five games as a senior, Bateman had 36 catches and 472 yards following a huge junior campaign that saw him tally 60 grabs for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns. That kind of production is what the Ravens are hoping for as they look for a more balanced attack to feature Jackson's arm as well as his legs.