Baltimore Ravens: Top Five Offseason Needs

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Nov 2, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (11) scores on a forty-seven yard touchdown pass against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


Contrary to the team’s performance in the secondary, the Ravens actually have some decent cornerbacks. Jimmy Smith can hang with any receiver, and the only thing keeping Lardarius Webb from being a quality corner is his health.

Beyond those two, there are a ton of questions. The Ravens need at least two cornerbacks this offseason, even if guys like Danny Gorrer and Anthony Levine catch on. Accordingly, adding depth at the position needs to be a priority.

In nickel situations, Webb shifts inside to cover slot receivers, so the Ravens should be looking for a guy who profiles predominantly as an outside cornerback.

In the past, the Ravens have seemed to care more about pure athletic ability rather than technique when drafting cornerbacks (Chykie Brown and Jimmy Smith both fit that bill). Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t, but the Ravens would be wise to focus more on technique when drafting the position this year so they get a player who can contribute immediately.

Cole Moog broke down some of the best cornerbacks in the draft this year. The Ravens should hope one presents a good value early in the draft.