There is only one guy at this position that will be familiar to Ravens fans this season. Samari Rolle was released by the team this offseason, only to resign for a smaller contract.
His presence will be a rock in the midst of what will be a transition period for Baltimore cornerbacks. Fabian Washington is returning as well, but injuries prevented him from being a full-time defender until the end of last season.
Most people can not say they are familiar with him or his style yet. The rest of the players at that position are all new to the team.
Dominique Foxworth was one of the big free agent pickups of the offseason. His three year deal sets him in position to be the No. 2 CB (behind Fabian Washington). But the position is unclear beyond that.
Nickel, Dime, and Quarter formations are growing more popular in the NFL, and being deep at CB is as important as having a strong 1-2.
Samari Rolle should be the best option at nickel, but it is unclear whether that will be the case. Chris Carr was another free agent pickup. His successful career as a nickel, along with his speed, means he will probably be fighting for playing time with Rolle.
Third Round Draft pick Ladarius Webb has the athletic ability to play at safety as well as cornerback. Its unclear where these five players will fit into the defensive scheme.
What might ultimately decide their positions, though, is the return game. Management (and fans) are very close to giving up on the Yamon Figurs experiment.
His unbelievable speed has not translated to a good return game, and his time with the team seems to be short. But Chris Carr, Ladarius Webb, and safeties Nakamura and Zhibikowski all have return experience.
Carr, especially, has proven return success at the NFL level and is the obvious choice to replace Figurs. But the kick and punt returner would probably be relieved of a lot of his defensive duty.
Seeing who eventually becomes the main return man will factor into their playing time in the secondary.
While it will be hard to judge who is earning cornerback playing time during training camp and preseason, the return game is another story. It is likely that the main special teams return man will emerge in that span.
Keeping an eye on that position might go a long way into predicting the look of the cornerback position.