Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Jimmy Smith Might Not Last to Baltimore Ravens
Mel Kiper 2011 NFL Mock Draft Somehow Has the Ravens Landing Smith at No. 26
As always, the Baltimore Ravens were just fine on defense in 2010. They allowed just 16.9 points and 318.9 yards per game, and once again found themselves in the playoffs.
However, the stats are a little misleading. There were times when Baltimore's vaunted defense looked a little gassed at the end of games, and they were particularly susceptible against the pass.
Therefore, the Ravens are in the market for some fresh legs in the secondary as we speed towards the 2011 NFL Draft, and they should have options. For instance, Mel Kiper has them taking Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith with the No. 26 pick in his most recent 2011 NFL Mock Draft (must have ESPN Insider), and that would definitely be a great pick.
Smith didn't make much waves as part of a very bad Buffaloes team, but Kiper notes that his game tape doesn't lie about his talent:
... Smith has proven that he has all the physical tools to back up solid tape. With the Ravens' leadership on defense in the form of Ray Lewis still in place, Smith has a chance to be a steal if he takes direction from the vets.
Smith has all the things that the Ravens should be coveting right about now: speed, ball skills, size, awareness, you name it. The only real knock on him is that he might not be all that responsible, but please feel free to introduce me to somebody who is/was responsible at the age of 20.
If there is a catch to the Smith-to-Baltimore train of thought, it's that he might not last all the way to them. He's gotten a look-see from quite a few teams that are picking before the Ravens, and I for one think he could end up with the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 23.
If Smith does last to the Ravens, they should definitely jump on him. But I don't think he will.
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