Top 5 Cornerbacks That Make Sense For Ravens


As last season proved, you can't have too many cornerbacks.

With Jimmy Smith heading into the final year of his rookie contract, and he and Lardarius Webb having trouble staying healthy, Baltimore wants to bolster the position.

Owner Steve Bisciotti even went as far as saying he hopes a top cornerback slides to the Ravens at No. 26 overall.

Here are five top cornerbacks that make sense for the Ravens, assuming Michigan State's Trae Waynes is gone before the 26th-overall pick:

Kevin Johnson, Wake ForestSenior; 6-foot-1, 175 pounds
2014 Stats: 12 games, 44 tackles, 1 interception, 6 passes defensed

Scouting Report: Johnson is a good-sized, fluid athlete. He's light on his feet and has natural cover skills. He shows composure when the ball is in the air and turns his head well. He's aggressive, trying to bait quarterbacks and showing strong burst back to the football.

Why He Makes Sense: The Ravens could use a cornerback that can help now and later, and the team covets flexibility. Johnson played well inside at nickel and outside. He also has a local tie. Johnson attended nearby River Hill High School, where he became good friends with Ravens wide receiver Michael Campanaro.

Marcus Peters, Washington
Junior; 6-foot-0, 190 pounds
2014 Stats: 9 games, 30 tackles, 3 interceptions, 7 passes defensed

Scouting Report: Peters is an ultra-aggressive, super confident cornerback. He plays with a definite swagger to his game. He's got a nose for the ball and a knack for making plays, as evidenced by his 11 interceptions in three seasons. However, he has character questions as he was dismissed by the team after repeated clashes with coaches, and was ejected from one game early.

Why He Makes Sense: Baltimore is always in the market for a bargain. In terms of pure talent, Peters may be the best cornerback in the draft. The Ravens found a gem in similar circumstances with Jimmy Smith in 2011. If the Ravens don't take issue with Peters' mentality, they could find a diamond once again.

Jalen Collins, LSU
Junior; 6-foot-2, 198 pounds
2014 Stats: 13 games, 38 tackles, 1 interception, 9 passes defensed

Scouting Report: Collins certainly looks the position. He has prototypical NFL size and athletic tools. He can flip his hips quickly and move with any receiver down the field. He's a little raw, however, as he was really just a two-year starter.

Why He Makes Sense: The Ravens like big* *cornerbacks that can be physical. Smith, for example, is also 6-foot-2. Collins may need a little more polish, but he'll have time to get that with Smith and Webb slated as the team's starters.

Byron Jones, Connecticut
Senior; 6-foot-1, 196 pounds2014 Stats: 24 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 passes defensed

Scouting Report: Jones' final season ended early after he injured his shoulder in October. But he has wowed NFL scouts during the pre-draft process. He recorded an NFL Scouting Combine and world record 12-foot-3-inch standing broad jump. Jones is particularly suited for press coverage with a good combination of length, speed and ball skills.

Why He Makes Sense: Jones could be a second-round target. He has position flexibility, as he spent his sophomore and junior years at safety. That could really help Baltimore, as it could use upgrades at both positions.

Quinten Rollins, Miami (Ohio)
Senior; 6-foot-0, 203 pounds 2014 Stats: 72 tackles, 7 interceptions, 9 passes defensed

Scouting Report: Rollins was a basketball point guard before giving football a shot during his senior year. It certainly worked out. He was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in his first season, and notched a nation-leading seven interceptions. He has very strong ball skills and is a strong tackler.

Why He Makes Sense: The Ravens need more playmaking in their secondary. They notched just six interceptions in the entire secondary, and linebacker C.J. Mosley and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata led the way. Rollins has a unique athletic background. Plus, he played at Head Coach John Harbaugh's alma mater.

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