NFL Draft: Ravens may be tempted by strong cornerback class

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell speaks during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell speaks during the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on April 27, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) /
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A Quick Look At The Prospects:

Josh Jackson ranks 11th on my big board. He reminds me of Jimmy Smith coming out of Colorado. He’s a big physical cornerback. He’s hard to beat deep, especially with his stellar recovery speed. If Jackson is available, how could the Ravens not be tempted. Humphrey and Jackson would be a pair of shutdown corners for the present and the future.

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Mike Hughes is my 25th ranked player, but he has risen every time I have adjusted my board. Hughes had four interceptions this past season and he’s got really strong instincts. One thing he does really well is limiting the wide receiver. He runs the route for him, and he forces the receiver to have little to no room on the sideline. From a technique standpoint, you have to love Hughes, even though he doesn’t have the size of Jackson.

Denzel Ward is a player that is clearly a first round talent, but he could go anywhere in the first round. Jackson and Hughes have become my number one and two cornerbacks, and that has knocked Ward to 32 in my personal rankings. He is very good, and Ohio State cornerbacks have earned a strong reputation. Ward is certainly an option the Ravens could consider.

Fitzpatrick is a safety/cornerback. He can play either and he can rock it out at both positions. The reason the Ravens would think about Fitzpatrick at 16 is all about BPA (Best Player Available). I have the Alabama product as my seventh ranked player. The Ravens can draft him to be a cornerback. When Eric Weddle is done, Fitzpatrick would make a smooth transition to safety.