4. Maurice Canady, CB
Adrian Andrew’s defensive prediction:
Maurice Canady was the Baltimore Ravens sixth round pick last year and a guy who had a lot of hype around his name. Until a hamstring injury forced him to go onto the injured reserve and not play in a single game in his rookie season. Leading him to plan for a great season in 2017.
One of the big problems for Canady especially after coming back from an injury is finding a way to squeeze into the depth chart.
According to Garrett Downs of Ravens.com, Canady seemed to “make more plays than anyone” and “found himself around the football to force turnovers or incompletions”. Downing also commented about the possibility of Canady starting and said this “ in a good position to win the starting slot corner spot that opened when Tavon Young went down… with a torn ACL.”
NFL.com 2016 Draft Coverage made a note about how Canady:
"There’s a lot to like about Virginia’s next cornerback prospect: He’s tall (listed at 6-foot-2), has long arms to knock away passes from receivers (18 pass breakups in 2014-2015), and flashes hands to snatch low or high errant passes (three interceptions as a junior)."
So Canady’s body fits the mold of a prototype defensive back and has the skills to pull it all together. I think Canady will have a great year and maybe an even more promising future ahead despite a lot of Ravens fans not knowing who he is.