With their 1st round draft pick of the 2011 NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Cornerback Jimmy Smith.
Chosen 27th overall, CB Jimmy Smith sure does bring a lot of “baggage” with him. But I’m not worried. If there’s any locker room that could take care of Smith and keep him in check, it’s the one right here in Baltimore. The one led by Ray Lewis.
The only thing that bugged me was the little mishap that occurred when the Ravens were on the clock. Apparently, GM Ozzie Newsome confirmed a trade deal with the Chicago Bears in which the Ravens would move down to 29th overall and receive a 4th round draft pick in return.
Unfortunately, the Bears backed out last minute without notification, creating some confusion in the Ravens’ War Room. While the Bears took full blame for everything, it doesn’t make up for the extra 4th round pick the Ravens should have had.
Bottom line: the Ravens desperately needed a dominant presence at the conerback position, and with Jimmy Smith on board under the leadership of the likes of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, that need has now been fulfilled. Athletically, Smith is considered to be the top cornerback of this year’s draft class. The coaches and personnel have done extensive homework on this freak of nature, so I’m confident the Ravens front office made the right choice.