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Mayock Names Cornerbacks Who Ravens Could Target On Day 2 Of NFL Draft

Posted Mar 20, 2017

If the Ravens don’t take a cornerback in the first round, they will still have a talented pool of players available for them on day two.

The Ravens have gone to work on their secondary this offseason.

The additions of safety Tony Jefferson and cornerback Brandon Carr should go a long way in helping upgrade the unit next season, and the Ravens likely aren’t done adding players to help their pass defense.

Head Coach John Harbaugh has said since the season ended that he wants to add cornerbacks. Not just one.

The draft is the most likely avenue for the Ravens to find another corner, and Baltimore might not even have to use the No. 16 pick on a corner to find an immediate starter at the position. Baltimore could address needs like receiver or pass rusher with the No. 16 pick, and then look to the second day to address cornerback.

“This is a great corner class,” NFL Network’s draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “If you don't get one in the first round, you can come back in the second or third round and really help yourself.”

Mayock said he has far more cornerbacks than usual graded as worthy of taking in the first three rounds.

Baltimore hasn’t selected a cornerback in the first three rounds since 2011 (Jimmy Smith), but that trend is likely to change this year.

Here are some of the players Mayock named as potential options in the second or third round:

Adoree’ Jackson (5-foot-11, 185 pounds), USC

Tre’Davious White (5-11, 191), LSU

Gareon Conley (6-0, 195), Ohio State

Quincy Wilson (6-1, 213), Florida

Teez Tabor (6-0, 191), Florida

Ahkello Witherspoon (6-3, 195), Colorado

Cordrea Tankersley (6-1, 195), Clemson

Cameron Sutton (5-11, 182), Tennessee

Howard Wilson (6-1, 186), Houston

In addition to being a talented class, a trend with this year’s group is that it’s full of tall, long cornerbacks. The Ravens already have a corner in that mold in Jimmy Smith, and the league has moved in that direction after all the success the Seattle Seahawks have seen with their big cornerbacks.

Conley, Wilson, Witherspoon and Tankersley are all big cornerbacks who can play press coverage, and the Ravens will have plenty of options at their disposal if they decide to go that route in the draft.

“People are looking for long corners, and I think there are more 6-foot guys than I have ever seen,” Mayock said.

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