The Baltimore Ravens have a wide open competition at the cornerback position. An already thin unit has become even thinner following injuries to Aaron Ross and Lardarius Webb. Behind Webb and fellow starter Jimmy Smith, a virtual free for all is taking place. Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson are battling with the likes of free agent signee Dominique Franks and multiple rookie free agents for the third corner spot.
Seemingly lost in the shuffle is undrafted free agent Tramain Jacobs. Jacobs has quietly put together a string of solid practices, which is getting him noticed. The former Texas A&M Aggie has made an impression on coaches and the media alike, even eliciting the following response from The Sun’s Mike Preston: “Who’s a sleeper? Free-agent rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs from Texas A&M. The young lad has game.” Not only that, but Jamison Hensley at ESPN thinks that Jacobs will beat out Deji Olatoye for the fifth and final roster spot at corner. Aaron Wilson reports that the coaches and veteran players have been impressed with Jacobs as well.
Ravens undrafted corner Tramain Jacobs has quietly had a very solid training camp, impressing older teammates and coaches
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 5, 2014
Jacobs had the opportunity to sign with a number of teams, including the Broncos, Browns, and Saints, but he clearly saw opportunity in the Raven’s secondary. After putting together a solid two seasons with the Aggies (55 tackles, 13 pass deflections, 2 interceptions), Jacobs also had a nice Pro Day (4.50 second 40, 32 1/2″ vertical). He is a bit smallish at 5’11”, 182 pounds, but that hasn’t stopped him from matching up admirably with the Raven’s improved receiving corp in camp.
Luckily for Jacobs, he picked the right place to compete for a roster spot. The coaching staff, particularly defensive coordinator Dean Pees, have made it crystal clear that they haven’t set the depth chart in stone yet. “Somebody has to rise to the top,” Pees said. “The cream has to rise to the top and somebody has to take the job, and I don’t know right now who that is.”
Right now, it appears that Tramain Jacobs is rising to the top, albeit in a quiet manner. If he keeps playing like he has so far in training camp, that may not last much longer.