Over the last couple of years, it has kind of been a shuffling at cornerback outside of Marlon Humphrey. And, when there have been injuries, Baltimore has been in trouble. Cornerback is a spot that this team needs to shore up in a big way. It's actually quite impressive their defense has been so good considering the lack of real depth at this position.
In Round 2, the Ravens go after another starter here with Auburn cornerback D.J. James. First off, let's start with the size. James is 6-foot-1, 174 pounds, which gives him great length and overall size, but he's lacking a bit more functional strength and weight, which is easily rectified.
James is exceptionally fast, allowing him to stay in stride with some of the quicker receivers in the nation. He's shown the ability to succeed in press coverage and certainly looks the part. He can perform one-on-one and is also cognitive enough of his surroundings to play well in zone, too.
His long limbs and ball skills will also help him translate to the NFL level. Over his two years with the Tigers, James came up with a whopping 18 passes defensed and three interceptions. This is a player who could come in and start from Day 1, locking in the Ravens' starting outside corners for the foreseeable future.