The Baltimore Ravens selected SMU wide receiver James Proche in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 201st pick. They were arguably the best running team in NFL history last season, but got some much needed help on the outside. How can Proche impact Baltimore’s aerial attack?
Proche was one of the most productive wideouts in college football last season. His 111 receptions matched LSU’s Justin Jefferson for the top mark in the country. He also recorded 1,225 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns.
Proche’s production was ridiculous in college. He finished his collegiate career with 301 receptions for 3,949 yards and 39 touchdowns despite having below average size and burst. He has some of the surest hands in the class and can win 50/50 balls consistently. Proche’s route running is subpar though.
Fantasy football impact
Although Marquise Brown is a dangerous speedster on the outside, Mark Andrews led the team in receptions (64), receiving yards (852), and receiving touchdowns (10). In fact, three of Baltimore’s top five pass catchers were tight ends. Proche could legitimately challenge Willie Snead for a WR2 spot, but it’s hard to see him cracking the top 40 at his position in season-long fantasy with such a strong ground game.