Rookie Maurice Canady One Of Camp's Most Impressive Defensive Backs


Maurice Canady was the Ravens' final draft pick this year, No. 209 overall, in the sixth round.

But when it comes to which rookie has stood out the most so far, Canady is high on the list.

"Maurice, I think, has been one of the top production guys, really, in the whole camp of all the defensive backs," Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees said in minicamp.

"I think Canady has been outstanding in this camp. I'm really, really, really pleased with him."

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Virginia product was frequently around the ball during Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp. He notched multiple passes defensed and had one interception in which he jumped an out route.

Perhaps it's because Canady comes to the NFL with plenty of playing experience for a sixth-round pick. The senior was a three-year starter who also played in 11 games and started two as a freshman.

A lot of rookies talk about the massive jump from college to the NFL. Canady didn't seem too fazed by it.

"I can't say it's a small jump or big jump, but it's definitely a jump," he said. "I think things are definitely progressing. Since rookie minicamp, I've improved over expectations, as far as right now."

Canady said he's focusing on the little things, a good sign that he's not still swimming trying to figure out the scheme. For example, he's picked the brain of veteran cornerback turned safety Lardarius Webb on whether he should stay high or press in different coverages and situations.

"I'm trying to pay attention to the details, asking the older guys how they would do things," Canady said.

The Ravens still used Sheldon Price as the cornerback opposite Shareece Wright during the summer practices. Canady was an outside corner primarily with the second- and third-team defenses.

Once Jimmy Smith (foot) returns, the Ravens will have their two starters on the outside with him and Wright. Price, Canady and Will Davis (knee) will be competing for the backup spots on the outside.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Canady fits the mold of the kind of boundary cornerback the Ravens want. He has size, yet enough speed to hang with speedy wide receivers.

"You can't get too high on yourself or too down. It's a very long season," Canady said. "I'm looking forward to what camp brings."

Canady hasn't stopped working during this slow time in the NFL schedule:

Nothing but working @ESPRichmond — Maurice Canady (@MauriceCanady26) June 29, 2016

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