The Baltimore Ravens are a team that has long valued depth at a variety of positions, perhaps none more so than in the secondary. Unfortunately, their cornerback depth is severely lacking at the moment.
So much so that even general manager Eric DeCosta was quick to admit it when speaking to the media on Tuesday. DeCosta insisted that the Ravens were “very concerned” about their cornerback depth and hinted at addressing said depth in the 2022 NFL Draft.
It’s hard to disagree either given the current state of the team’s cornerback depth chart.
Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters are both returning from season-ending injuries, and behind them, the Ravens have virtually nothing in the way of proven players.
The Ravens are right to be concerned about their cornerback depth
The only other cornerbacks on the roster include Kevon Seymour, Robert Jackson, Kevin Toliver, and Iman Marshall. That’s three players who were signed off the street last year and another who’s played a total of three games in three seasons.
Needless to say, the Ravens are uber-thin at the cornerback position.
The Ravens opted to release Tavon Young in a cost-saving move, and although they could try to bring him back at a smaller price tag, that’s far from a guarantee.
Meanwhile, longtime cornerback Jimmy Smith is a free agent and there’s a very good chance that he opts to retire. The Ravens also lost Chris Westry in free agency after they non-tendered his contract.
A position group that was ravaged by injuries last season looks even thinner now. Fortunately, the 2022 NFL Draft presents a golden opportunity to add at least 1-2 new faces to the cornerback room.
This is a pretty deep cornerback class, and even if the Ravens don’t opt to address the position in the first round, there should be plenty of appealing options on Day 2 and 3 of the draft.
They could also make a few depth signings between now and the start of the 2022 season, perhaps even looking to re-sign Young and Smith (assuming he doesn’t retire).
The Ravens have options, but right now, the team is rightfully very concerned about their cornerback depth.