Ravens: NFL execs, etc. see Marlon Humphrey as top-2 CB in football

Ravens, Marlon Humphrey (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Ravens, Marlon Humphrey (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens undoubtedly have one of the best cornerbacks in football in Marlon Humphrey. But how good do people around the NFL believe he is?

The answer? Pretty good.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler recently conducted a poll of 50 NFL executives, coaches, scouts, and players to determine the top-10 players at every position.

And for the cornerback position, Humphrey received a consensus ranking of No. 2 in the NFL, behind only Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Rams.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise given how well Humphrey has played over the last couple of years. It only serves as confirmation that not only do fans and analysts view him as one of the best, but the league does too.

The Ravens have one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in Marlon Humphrey.

Humphrey emerged as a top-tier player at his position in 2019 when he started 15 games and hauled in three interceptions en route to being named first-team All-Pro.

He followed up his success in 2019 with an equally impressive 2020 that saw him master his patented “fruit punch” leading the league with a whopping eight forced fumbles.

One AFC coordinator had the following to say about the 25-year-old cornerback.

"“He’s the one guy, if you think back to Peanut Tillman, he’s asserting himself like that. Maybe not a twitchy guy but man coverage skills, toughness, knack to getting the ball, adequate speed and good size.”"

One NFC coach even went as far as to say that opposing teams have to gameplan around him while also complementing his natural gifts and abilities.

"“He’s just tough — ball hawk, long, rangy, plays different now than in college. Before you play him, you’re showing his turnover reel to your team — ‘Let’s not tempt him.'”"

This isn’t the first time that Humphrey has been honored in an offseason ranking over the last few months. Last month, Patrik Walker of CBS Sports ranked Humphrey as the sixth-best cornerback in the NFL.

But clearly, the NFL thinks even higher of him. In fact, at least one person (likely more) who was polled ranked Humphrey as the best cornerback in football. The lowest ranking he received was seventh.

Teammate Marcus Peters narrowly missed out on a top-10 ranking as he actually tied New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson in votes and came up just short in a tiebreaker round.

Nonetheless, one NFL personnel evaluator was complimentary of the two-time All-Pro.

"“He’s the most undisciplined guy in the league, but you’ll turn around and he has two picks in the game. Incredibly instinctual.”"

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The Ravens already knew they had one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. This only serves to further that notion.