Look for Baltimore Ravens to add secondary help in upcoming draft

Baltimore Ravens

That saying you grew up with, “lightning never strikes twice in the same place,” is bogus. Totally false.

Let Britannica explain it: “Even during the same thunderstorm, there is nothing stopping a lightning bolt from striking the same place it had struck previously, even if it was as little as a few seconds earlier or as much as centuries later.”

Pay attention, Baltimore: Don’t assume the team will escape another injury-riddled season like last year.

That’s why the Ravens may look to add several pieces to the same position in the upcoming draft, as pointed out by the Baltimore Beatdown’s Joshua Reed.

Think the Ravens are set at offensive tackle behind Ronnie Staley, Morgan Moses and Ja’Wuan James? Is Baltimore set at cornerback behind Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters?

Yeah, the team thought it was set at those positions last year, too – then they were hit by an unprecedented number of injuries, particularly to key players. As Ebony Bird’s Justin Fried said at the end of the season, “No team was more adversely affected by injuries this season than the Ravens. That’s not just an opinion either, it’s an objective fact.”

So, as Reed said, don’t be surprised to see Baltimore “double-dip” at certain positions during the upcoming draft. The Ravens have 10 picks in the April 28-30 draft, tied for the third-most in the league. That includes five picks in the fourth round, more than any other team.

Cornerback in particular is a likely draft target. Humphrey and Peters suffered season-ending injuries, while Anthony Averett and Chris Westry signed with other teams. Tavon Young, whose 550 snaps last season was third among Baltimore CBs, was released.

Here’s a look at cornerbacks, by tiers, who could be available in the first four rounds:

Round 1: Baltimore Pick No. 14

Who should be available

There’s a definite top tier among cornerbacks, but it’s a small one: Cincinnati’s Ahmad Gardner, LSU’s Derek Stingley and Washington’s Trent McDuffie are the consensus top CBs in the draft. Of the three, it’s possible that Stingley or McDuffie are still available. Gardner is the No. 5 overall prospect in the latest Fanspeak-Jake Rigdon big board, followed by Stingley (No. 6) and McDuffie (No. 11).

Will the Ravens take a CB here?

Baltimore drafted an Edge in the first round last year, Odafe Oweh, and they have All-Pro players at offensive tackle and cornerback. Therefore, logic says the team won’t take a player at one of those positions when it goes on the clock with the No. 14 overall pick.

But those are all premium positions – losing just one starter at CB, OT or OLB can be crippling.

Therefore, if McDuffie, or, especially Stingley, are still available, then expect Baltimore to pull the trigger.

The only question, though, would be this: What if a top cornerback or pass rusher are both available? Example: What if McDuffie and Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson are both available at No. 14?

Kevin Eck of BaltimoreRavens.com examines that potential scenario.


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