In the first round, with the 27th overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens selected Jimmy Smith, a cornerback out of Colorado.
The Ravens were supposed to be selecting at 26th overall, but after a trade blunder with the Chicago Bears, the Ravens slipped to 27th overall.
Regardless of the trade mishap, the Ravens still managed to select Jimmy Smith.
Smith is a fast corner with an excellent build, 6'2" and 211 lbs., and he plays a physical style of defense, excelling in man press coverage.
Smith's build is exactly what the Ravens need, considering all of the Ravens corners, except for Cary Williams, a special teamer, were under 6' tall.
Last season, the Ravens faced several big receivers, such as Atlanta's Roddy White, New Orleans' Marques Colston, and Houston's Andre Johnson, just to name a few.
Whichever Ravens corner was given the difficult task of matching up with these receivers had a height difference of up to six inches and a significant weight difference as well. This was a challenging task for the cornerback to whom it was assigned.
Smith, on the other hand, can step right in and be a physical presence in the Ravens secondary. He can match up with these big receivers and play up to their level.
Smith may actually be a starter in the 2011 season. I believe he has the skills to step right in and contribute right off the bat.
Smith was great value for the Ravens at 27th overall. Many expected Smith to be drafted in the top fifteen, but he fell to the Ravens due to character concerns. Smith was a great pick for the Ravens.
Pick Grade: A-
For more on the Ravens selection of Jimmy Smith, see: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/683627-2011-nfl-draft-ravens-select-cb-jimmy-smith-in-round-one