2011 NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens Ignore CB Jimmy Smith's Baggage
NFL Mock Draft Gives Delivers Baltimore Ravens Defense A Boost
NFL Mock Draft Pick No. 25: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Last year, the Baltimore Ravens defense wasn't quite as spectactular as it used to be. The front-seven remains solid, especially since they're bringing back Haloti Ngata. But the secondary is a major question mark. For one, Dawan Landry is a free agent and they aren't expected to bring him back. The corners are even more questionable heading into 2011.
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Josh Wilson and Chris Carr just aren't the shutdown corners they really need to improve that 21st ranked pass defense. They probably would have settled for Brandon Harris from Miami, but because Jimmy Smith is still on the board, they have to be pretty ecstatic. Smith's "baggage" is vastly overblown and he'll definitely mature with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed tutoring him.
Baltimore has other needs: adding another defensive end wouldn't be crazy. But Smith has the size, speed, and strength to lockdown any of the AFC's big, physical receivers.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Blaine Gabbert |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus
3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green
|17. New England Patriots: Aldon Smith|
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson
19. New York Giants: Anthony Costonzo
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Da'Quan Bowers
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Cam Newton |
6. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairley
|21. Kansas City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Carimi
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Solder
24. New Orleans Saints: Phil Taylor
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara |
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones
11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt
12. Minnesota Vikings: Cameron Jordan
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Danny Watkins|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith
27. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Heyward
28. New England Patriots: Leonard Hankerson
|13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith |
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan
|29. Chicago Bears: Mike Pouncey|
30. New York Jets: Rahim Moore
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Harris
32. Green Bay Packers: Adrian Clayborn
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