Would drafting Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves at No. 6 be a reach for the Ravens, or a wise decision?
It’s hard to find a mock draft that has Hargreaves going higher than No. 8. In his latest mock, CSN’s Ben Standig has Hargreaves going No. 9 to the Buccaneers.
However, here are three reasons why Hargreaves could be the Ravens’ best option if he is still on the board at No. 6:
1. Cornerback remains a major need for the Ravens.
Lardarius Webb is moving from corner to safety. Despite re-signing Shareece Wright and keeping Kyle Arrington, the Ravens need more depth at corner. Hargreaves is the kind of talent who could be a nickel back immediately, and push Wright and Arrington for the starting job opposite Jimmy Smith. If the Ravens think Hargreaves is good enough potentially to start next season, why not take him, and grab a young corner that can help them for years?
2. Hargreaves’ ability to force turnovers.
Hargreaves had 10 career interceptions at Florida, and showed superb instincts for anticipating routes. The Ravens had just six interceptions all last season. Hargreaves’ playmaking ability could make him an immediate impact player.
3. If the Ravens keep left tackle Eugene Monroe, drafting an offensive lineman at No. 6 is not a priority.
The Ravens are thinking defense in the first round, and would probably love to get a pass rusher like Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa. However, Bosa, Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey, and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack could all be taken before the Ravens pick. If that happens, drafting Hargreaves seems like a better fit than drafting left tackle Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame. Coming off a 5-11 season, the Ravens need help them immediately, not just down the road. If the Ravens keep Monroe, they can focus on finding a first-round defensive player who will help them win starting Week 1. Hargreaves could be that guy.
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