Around The North: Baltimore Ravens Day One Recap

The Baltimore Ravens are a smart, savvy franchise and that played out once against Thursday night as the Ravens saw the writing on the wall in the AFC North and took a cornerback that should be able to help slow down the high-octane Pittsburgh Steelers and the improved Cincinnati Bengals’ passing attacks.

Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey was the pick at No. 16 overall, hitting on an Alabama connection with General Manager Ozzie Newsome, a ‘Bama product himself.

While not surprising that Newsome went with a guy he’s familiar with, what is surprising is that the Ravens passed on two other ‘Bama products in linebacker Reuben Foster and tight end O.J. Howard, both of whom filled bigger needs.

But that’s just not how the Ravens usually operate. There’s always a pick that throws you off with Baltimore and that’s Humphrey for me, considering who was on the board.

Foster would have filled a major whole with the retirement of Zachary Orr this winter, while Howard would have become the clear-cut No. 1 at tight end ahead of injury prone guys like Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams, not to mention veteran Benjamin Watson.

It would have been a crowded room for sure, but Howard is a blue-chip prospect that could have changed that offense. It’s fortunate that the Ravens passed on him.

That being said, Humphrey should play from Day 1, giving the Ravens a physical corner that isn’t afraid to stick his face into the fire to make a play. His ball skills need improving, but it’s another piece in the back end for the Ravens that should allow them to match up well against Pittsburgh’s duo of Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant, as well as Cincinnati’s new trio of A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and rookie John Ross.

  • Steelers12

    good pick for ravens

  • steelersfan

    I liked Humphrey but I liked Reddick and Howard more. Glad Reddick was off board before Ravens picked and was holding my breath on Howard. Could have been worse (for the Steelers).

  • JT

    I don’t like Humphrey being a Raven, but I’m happy we have AB/Bryant to counter him.

  • PaeperCup

    I’m ok with this pick. For the Ravens it really is a good pick. For the Steelers it’s not a scary pick.

  • PaeperCup

    agree. I am content with the way the AFCN drafted round 1. I’m a little concerned about Njoku and the Browns, but who’s going to throw to him?

  • LucasY59

    I think AB and MB can beat Humphrey

  • gdeuce

    hopefully Dave Te Thomas is right and this guy is the second coming of Dee Milliner

  • PaeperCup

    easily.

  • LucasY59

    Newsome didnt know what to do with himself, he had Allen, Foster, Howard, Robinson (they need a RT) and Humphrey available (mustve felt like it was christmas)

    I thought he wouldve taken Allen since they just traded away Jernigan, didnt want them to take Howard, didnt care either way with Foster (but glad they didnt pair him with Mosley) really wanted them to take Robinson, and wanted Humphrey to be an option for the Steelers at #30, I think I wouldve taken Watt over Humphrey if both were available to the Steelers (especially with the depth at CB in this draft) so as far as I can tell they made the worst pick for them (other than Robinson, who I wanted for them so that he wouldnt be a good pick) Marlon will be decent for them but of the AFC north teams I think the Ravens made the worst pick (especially with what was available to them)

    as for non Bama players they couldve taken there really isnt any to talk about since Ozzie wasnt going to pass on all of those guys and take someone from a different team (Ross, Davis, Reddick and Barnett were guys that I was glad were already off the board for them, too bad Ross went to the bungles which is almost as bad)

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s kinda how I’ve seen him during this whole process. I was glad he was the ravens pick. I think he has a chance to flop, might get exposed and might not be smart enough. But other people have compared him to Sean Smith!

  • JohnB

    What I totally forgot about was they get the inside track on Michigan players because of Jim. I wouldn’t be surprised if they grabbed a player or two from them.

  • LucasY59

    all of the ratbirds picks are from Michigan or Bama that would be hilarious

  • steelersfan

    Yeah if any team in the North was gonna draft him glad it was the browns

  • steelburg

    The Ravens are crushing this draft IMO.