Jimmy Smith watched his stock roller-coaster up and down since the combine, but impressed enough in a cornerback class that drops sharply after him that the Baltimore Ravens could not pass him up at No. 27.
Smith typically isn’t rated higher than fellow first-round cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara, but the Colorado alum’s press coverage skills have some scouts actually giving him the edge over the top two.
Many character concerns revolve around the troubled 6'2", 211-pound corner, with reports of failed drug tests that include one on the opening day of the draft. On the field is another story, as Big 12 coaches named him first-team all-conference after Smith allowed just one touchdown in man coverage during his senior year at Colorado.
Draft Breakdown’s Rob Engle loves Smith’s ability to stick with the receiver. "Jimmy Smith probably has the best natural cover skills of any of the cornerbacks in this draft, yet for some reason some think he would make a better fit at safety. Smith is abnormally tall for a corner, but in today’s NFL that’s something a lot of teams look for, especially when they have fluid hips to match."
After sending their pick in late at No. 26, the Ravens slipped to 27 and still got their guy. Smith's a first-round lock from a talent standpoint, and Baltimore adds a physical cover-corner to a secondary that direly needs one.