The Baltimore Ravens are hosting free agent cornerback Rock Ya-Sin for a visit. If all goes well, they intend to sign him. This would make a lot of sense when you consider the Ravens' need for the position.
Baltimore Ravens need secondary help. Rock Ya-Sin could fit in free agency
When looking at the cornerback room there is obvious Marlon Humphrey. There are so many questions after that, though. Jayln Armour-Davis and Trayvon Mullen are the next likely options on the outside. Armour-Davis was poor as a rookie, and while Mullen is a former second-round pick, he has bounced around a bit.
They are not likely to bring back Marcus Peters when you consider his age, and their cap situation.
They have guys like Ar'Daruis Washington, Daryl Worley, and Pepe Williams, but those are players who will primarily be in the slot. So, if Ya-Sin came in, he would immediatley be competing with Armour-Davis and Mullen. The odds would be that he is going to start for them.
There are two ways to look at Rock Ya-Sin and his fit with the Baltimore Ravens. First, he is a physical cornerback who dominates with press ability and a bullying demeanor. His first two NFL seasons were up and down, but he found his own in the last two and was a relied-on CB2. However, he is a bit tight in man coverage and is not as great at following wide outs around.
The Ravens had to run for Marcus Peters often anyways, and he was much better in zone coverage. However, the Ravens have been at their best when they can play man coverage across the board, and they look for cornerbacks with that skill.
Still, Rock Ya-Sin is just 27 years old and considering he would be better than most options on the roster, they have to be looking at him pretty intently. The reality is that this would not preclude the team from drafting a cornerback early, especially not in the first round.
If Rock Ya-Sin ended up being a third outside cornerback and depth option it would be his best role on the Ravens' roster. The signing is needed, but it does not complete the room.