Jordan Schultz reported on Sunday that the Ravens were one of five teams that were “in on” McDuffie including the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and Buffalo Bills.
He noted that McDuffie was one of the draft’s fastest risers and all signs point to him being a potential top-20 pick in this year’s draft. The Ravens, who hold the 14th overall selection, are evidently interested.
Even with Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters, the Ravens could still use some cornerback depth as the rest of their depth chart behind their two stars is incredibly thin at the moment.
McDuffie makes a ton of sense as a potential target.
Trent McDuffie would be an excellent draft target for the Ravens
A three-year starter at Washington, McDuffie has gotten somewhat overlooked in a talented cornerback class that features athletic freaks such as Ahmad Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr.
But make no mistake about it, McDuffie has the potential to be the best cornerback in this draft class.
Standing at only 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, McDuffie stands out in a draft class full of tall, physical, athletic wonders. His tape is elite, however, and he more than makes up for his lack of size with agility, aggressiveness, and versatility.
McDuffie has excellent instincts that allow him to read the quarterback’s eyes and makes plays in zone coverage while also possessing the toughness to stick with bigger receivers in man.
On top of that, McDuffie is a strong run defender with the ability to play both outside and in the slot. The latter is likely where he’d find an early home in Baltimore.
Assuming Peters returns and is healthy in 2022, the Ravens won’t have an opening at either of their outside cornerback spots. McDuffie could step right in as the team’s new starting nickel cornerback with the potential to take over for Peters as early as 2023.
The Ravens have two No. 1 cornerbacks right now. Adding a player like Trent McDuffie could give them the potential to have three.
It comes as no surprise that the Ravens are interested.