Marlon Humphrey is the Ravens best defensive player in 2018
Headed into 2018, Marlon Humphrey was certainly seen as a rising star. But, with the season almost over, it appears he might be the Ravens best defender.
The Baltimore Ravens have always had great defenses throughout its history. One of the things that makes them so remarkable is the depth and talent they’ve had at every position on defense. When it comes to cornerback, none have made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as of yet, but there are plenty with legitimate arguments for enshrinement.
Chris McAlister is the most deserving of the bunch to eventually end up in Canton, while the Ravens have also had incredible players in guys like and Duane Starks, Samari Rolle, Lardarius Webb, and Jimmy Smith. They represent the past, while the future is being lifted up by second-year man Marlon Humphrey.
In fact, Marlon Humphrey might not only be the best cornerback no one is talking about, he might just be the Ravens best defensive player.
Humphrey was the 16th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama. Humphrey was considered one of the top cornerback prospects in the draft with great size (6’0″ 197-lbs.) and incredible man-to-man coverage. All of that has translated well to the pro-level, and Humphrey has even improved his game in just two NFL seasons.
The aforementioned Jimmy Smith was slated to be the no.1 corner on the depth chart while Humphrey took time to develop. However, Smith’s injury history caught up with him the same way it does every year, and suddenly it was up to Humphrey to be the team’s ace at the position. He didn’t flinch when given the opportunity.