The Baltimore Ravens have selected Marlon Humphrey out of Alabama with the 16th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. The 6’0, 197 pound defensive back had a great 2016 season. He totaling 33 tackles with two tackles for a loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups on the season. He had an excellent showing in the opener against USC as he shut down future NFL wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster holding him to just one catch for nine yards, he also had an interception returned 18 yards for a touchdown and a tackle for a loss in the game.
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Humphrey is considered possibly the best corner in the draft after scouts described him as a well-rounded prospect who does everything well. He is very good at ”preventing separation as he can vertically stay with speed wideouts and run the routes with receivers”. Humphrey was very good at defending the 9th overall pick in speedster John Ross in their playoff matchup. Against Clemson and the 7th overall pick Mike Williams, he did well covering Williams overall, but did allow some receptions that went over him which is one of the few issues he has.
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General manager Ozzie Newsome said at the draft press conference “He was by far the best player that we were going to take” sticking to the usual strategy of taking the best player regardless of need if their original target is not available. ”The only way we were not going to take him was someone was going to have to offer us something really good to trade back.” The Ravens have given up the most passing touchdowns since 2015 and they made their secondary a top priority this offseason when they signed veteran corner Brandon Carr, and safety Tony Jefferson to go alongside Eric Weddle, Tavon Young, and Jimmy Smith. “We’ve gone after a portion of our team in the back end with our secondary with a vengeance,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We are going to be darn tough to throw the ball against.”