3. Iman Marshall, CB, Ravens
Another former fourth-round pick who might find himself a victim of the numbers game this summer is Iman Marshall.
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Ravens had high hopes for Marshall. Unfortunately, injuries have decimated his NFL career as he’s played just three games since entering the league.
He’s coming off a torn ACL that wiped out his 2020 season and faces steep competition as part of a stacked cornerback room in training camp.
Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Tavon Young, Jimmy Smith, and Anthony Averett are all roster locks. That’s five spots right there. Then you have 2021 fifth-round pick Shaun Wade and even third-round pick Brandon Stephens who could play some cornerback.
It’s hard to imagine any of those players getting cut.
If the Ravens do opt to carry seven true cornerbacks (not including Stephens), Marshall has a chance to make the team. But even then, the likes of Khalil Dorsey, Davontae Harris, and even Chris Westry could push him for a spot.
It doesn’t help that Marshall missed all of spring practices as he still rehabs his knee injury.
He’ll need to be one of the stars of training camp to justify a roster spot. If not, Marshall might just be a victim of poor timing.