The Ravens desperately need help at cornerback, which ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes they will address early.
In his second mock draft of the year, Kiper forecasts that Baltimore will selecting University of Washington corner Sidney Jones with the No. 16 overall pick.
He reasons that the Ravens hope to get more than one cornerback out of this draft, so they'll start as soon as they get the chance.
The 2017 draft class is exceptionally deep with cornerback talent, but Jones stands out nonetheless.
Mike Mayock of NFL Network considers Jones the top corner of a lot that also includes players like Marshon Lattimore of Ohio State and Teez Tabor of Florida.
ESPN's Jamison Hensley makes the case for Jones thusly:
He has the experience (three-year starter), football intelligence and playmaking skills (nine interceptions and eight force fumbles in his career) to be an immediate starter. He also has traits that the Ravens love out of their prospects: strong character, aggressive and durable.
The negative trait identified by both Kiper and Hensley is Jones' size. He stands 6-feet even and weighs 180 pounds, creating potential match-up problems against large, physical receivers like A.J. Green or Mike Evans.
Both note that he'll need to add more muscle to his frame to compete at the professional level.
CSN draft analyst Ben Standig recently projected the Ravens to select wide receiver Josh Ross with the 16th overall pick. Click here to view the full NFL Mock Draft: 3.0.
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