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Ravens draft safety Christian Thompson with second fourth round pick

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With their second pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens selected Christian Thompson, a safety from South Carolina State.

The 6-foot, 211-pound Thompson ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.47 seconds) among safeties at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

The Ravens addressed yet another need with this selection, as the team lost backup safeties Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski in free agency last month to the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts, respectively. In addition, with starters Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed set to enter the final year of their contacts, the Ravens might be searching for an entirely new cast of safeties this time next year.

Thompson began his college playing days at Auburn, but he only lasted a year there because of academic reasons and landed on his feet at South Carolina State.

While scouts are high on his combination of size and speed, many believed he slipped to the third day of the draft because of concerns about his passion and football instincts.

Thompson will vie for a reserve role and playing time with both Sean Considine, a free agent signed earlier this offseason, and Emmanuel Cook, who was signed last season.