The Ravens have taken a huge gamble in selecting Smith. Many touted the Colorado cornerback as a top 10 pick but off the field, issues dropped him significantly in the first round.
According to published reports, Smith failed numerous drug tests at Colorado, and he informed one team that one was for misusing codeine. He also told teams about two alcohol-related arrests for underage drinking and had an arrest for third-degree assault in a restaurant.
In my opinion, this high-risk pick, will be worth the reward.
The Ravens filled a major need in drafting Smith and if a locker room that is notorious for handling misfits can calm Smith down, then Baltimore hit a home run.
The Ravens are in need of cornerbacks as Chris Carr, Josh Wilson, Fabian Washington and safety Dwan Landry are all free agents of some sort, either restricted or unrestricted.
The Ravens defense allowed eight leads to evaporate in the fourth quarter last season the most in the NFL. Their lack of talent in the secondary and injury issues may have been a major factor in the team finishing with a franchise-low of 27 sacks in 2010.
Smith is considered an immediate upgrade for the Ravens at the cornerback position.
An All-Big 12 selection and an honorable mention All-American, Smith was only thrown at roughly 20 times in man coverage last season. He allowed one touchdown, had no interceptions and five pass deflections.
He was rarely thrown on, a classic shutdown corner. He finished his career in Colorado with 183 career tackles and 16 pass deflections with three career interceptions.
Even more impressive than any other stat was that Smith only allowed 11 completions in man coverage as a junior and senior.
Smith is fast and strong. He will not be handled at the line of scrimmage and he will not get out-run either.
Smith ran the 40-yard dash between 4.37 and 4.42 seconds at the NFL scouting combine where he bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times and registered a 36-inch vertical leap
Ravens Draft Grade: A
"Every pick, there is some bit of a gamble in it," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "But we trust our process. We trust the people that got the opportunity to spend time with him. We trust the people that are in this building that are going to be interacting with him on a day-to-day basis, and we also got to know Jimmy — what his aspirations [are] and what he wants to do and what he wants to be."
In Ozzie we trust, right Ravens fans? Newsome has give the Ravens some quality drafts over the years and from all accounts, this pick is all Ozzie Newsome. While the room was unanimous with the selection it was Newsome that wanted Smith the most.
Newsome has earned the right to make this make this pick with his drafting history.
It's like extending curfew for a teenager, they deserve the chance to screw up. When they do come in after midnight, you just have to look at their history and hope it's a one time thing.
Hopefully they won't but every once in a while, everyone, including your teenage kids, has a moment like drafting a Sergio Kindle.
The 2010 second round selection of the Ravens and linebacker from Texas, may still pan out. Wouldn't that be great if he did it this season with Jimmy Smith on the corner behind him.
While it is a gamble, it's a gamble Baltimore must take considering the situation in the Ravens secondary.
With Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and the pick of Torrey Smith, who comes from a similar background of Jimmy Smith, this kid and the Ravens will be fine and a better team with his arrival.