The Ravens are always eyeing cornerbacks and landed another in this year’s draft.
Baltimore selected USC cornerback Iman Marshall with the last of their trio of fourth-round picks (127 overall). Marshall had a strong Senior Bowl that helped his draft stock, and at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Marshall has the size to match up with bigger wide receivers.
Baltimore has one of the league’s deepest cornerback rotations featuring Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Jimmy Smith, and Tavon Young. However, the Ravens never want to be caught shorthanded at cornerback, one of the team’s most important positions.
Marshall, who had six interceptions during his career at USC, should have time to develop next season while being groomed for a larger role. The Ravens like Marshall’s open-field tackling, along with his ability to defend well in both man and zone coverage.
“I know it’s a deep position for us, but this is a chance to add a quality player,” said Ravens Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz. “Really good athlete. Knows how to play the position and plays it in many ways – press coverage, ability to play zone, really smart instinctive football player. Very physical, aggressive.”
Check out photos of the USC defender who was a four-year starter in college.