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Ravens training camp preview: Cornerbacks

The Ravens' top decision makers are always preaching about the importance of roster competition. They want it at every position, not just for starting roles but for special teams units and back-end roster spots.

Heading into training camp which officially begins with the first full-squad practice on Thursday, the Ravens’ front office has assembled a 90-man roster that will need to be whittled down to 53 in the coming weeks. The roster has a mixture of youth and experience and is particularly deep at wide receiver where 12 guys are competing for five or six spots.

This is the eighth in a series predicting how many players the Ravens will keep at each position, which players are locks to make the team, which ones are on the bubble and which ones are going to need to defy long odds to stick.

CORNERBACKS

How many they’ll keep: 5

Locks if healthy: Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith, Chykie Brown

On the bubble: Domonique Franks, Asa Jackson, Aaron Ross    

Long shots: Tramain Jacobs, Deji OlatoyeSammy Seamster

Skinny: Webb and Smith are entrenched as the team’s top two corners but there are plenty of questions once you move beyond them. Brown and Jackson have all shown some flashes, but they are still unproven commodities who have battled inconsistency during their Ravens’ careers. Neither has done anything to make anyone completely comfortable that they’ll thrive as the third corner. As expected, the Ravens added some depth to the position with the signings of Ross and Franks, who would probably be miscast as starters at this point but should challenge for the No.3 and 4 cornerback roles. The two veterans may be competing for one spot. Olatoye, a former teammate of Smith’s at Colorado, has opened a lot of eyes through the various minicamps.

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