Ravens safety Ed Reed served as a mentor to Thompson leading up to the draft. Now Thompson joins him in a Ravens secondary that Webb recently boasted was the NFL's finest. The Ravens, who also added veteran Sean Considine in free agency, were in need of reinforcements at safety after Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski signed elsewhere this offseason.
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Jackson, who is 5-feett-10 and 190 pounds, picked off eight passes and wasn't beaten for a touchdown in man coverage in his final three seasons.
The Ravens are stacked at cornerback with Webb, Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams, but Jackson will be expected to contribute on special teams immediately and will be in the competition to be a return specialist. Jackson averaged 14.7 yards on punt returns and 25.1 returning kickoffs.
After prompting even the savviest of Ravens fans to Google his first three picks Saturday, Newsome turned to a familiar football factory with his sixth-round pick, selecting Miami wide receiver Tommy Streeter. Streeter is the sixth player Newsome has picked from Miami during his tenure. Linebacker Ray Lewis and safety Reed are their most notable former Hurricanes.
Only Oklahoma has produced more Ravens draft picks (seven all-time) than Miami and Alabama (six each).
Team officials had said they hoped to draft a wide receiver, and Streeter is a tall vertical target who may help them expand their downfield passing attack. A hair under 6-foot-5, Streeter has excellent straight-ahead speed for his size. At the scouting combine, he ran the 40-yard dash at 4.40 seconds. But his route-running, catching, and other areas of his game could use polishing.
Tyson, the team's seventh-round pick, started 23 games for Georgia the past two seasons. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive end will be in the mix for a spot in the defensive line rotation.
"If you look back over the three days at what we've been able to do with our football team, you all knew the areas that we wanted to address, and I think we've been able to do it with the young men that we've drafted," Newsome said.