Ravens: charting the defensive backs

Here's a look at the Baltimore Ravens' top options in the secondary, including cornerbacks and safeties, during the first day of this weekend's NFL Draft. <br><br> These prospects are listed with the assumption that Miami cornerback Antrell Rolle will be among the top 10 selections and a scenario where West Virginia's Adam Jones and Auburn's Carlos Rogers slide down on draft boards and could be obtained via an upward trade.

Solid second-round possibilities include LSU's Corey Webster, Clemson's Justin Miller and Michigan's Marlin Jackson. The Ravens draft 22nd overall in the first round, 53rd overall in the second round and 84th overall in the third round.

1. Adam "Pac Man" Jones 5-9 186 West Virginia 4.33

Comment: Compact, agile All-American cornerback has intriguing press coverage and return skills along with the intangible of passion. Highly motivated after growing up in an impoverished background in an Atlanta project. Produced eight interceptions, ran back a punt and a touchdown. Regarded highly for ability to time his leap.

2. Carlos Rogers 6-0, 195 Auburn 4.42.

Comment: Jim Thorpe Award winner is a polished, well-built athlete whom quarterbacks consciously avoided last season. Opponents completed only 18 of 65 passes (27 percent) thrown into this corner's territory. Didn't score well on the Wonderlic test (11), and has had academic problems.
3. Thomas Davis 6-1, 230 Georgia 4.54

Comment: Projected as an outside linebacker, this junior also has the ability to play safety as a true, in-the-box enforcer that Baltimore has lacked for years. Outstanding range for a prospect who has the brute strength (355-pound bench press) to take on offensive tackles. Recorded 272 career tackles, 10 ½ sacks, three interceptions, two blocked punts and six forced fumbles.

4. Fabian Washington 5-10, 188 Nebraska 4.29

Comment: Fast enough cornerback to bait quarterbacks into thinking the receiver is open then swoop in to intercept passes, picking off 11 in his career and breaking up 38 passes. Not as tough as you would want in run support, but was durable enough to register 145 tackles and force three fumbles. Can mirror receivers' movements.

5. Brodney Pool 6-1, 205 Oklahoma 4.54

Comment: Blue-chip safety accelerates in coverage to break on the football crisply and makes sound decisions. Pure ballhawk who intercepted nine passes, deflected 15 and recorded 171 tackles with two sacks. Smooth, efficient cover safety who breaks down well in the open field.

As well as a being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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