In Mel Kiper's latest mock draft published March 9, the ESPN draft expert has the Ravens selecting Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith.
Smith has the size and speed to become a shutdown cornerback, but he has character issues. Cornerback is a need for the Ravens because their starters from last season, Josh Wilson and Chris Carr, are expected to become free agents.
Kiper wrote: "The Ravens notably didn't take a cornerback with any of their picks in 2010, and while I had them picking another corner in this spot in a previous mock, Smith has proven that he has all the physical tools. With the Ravens leadership on defense in the form of Ray Lewis, he has a chance to be a steal if his attitude matches his skill-set. A burner with shut-down skills, good ball awareness and elite size for the position, he adds immediate depth with the chance to start early."
Kiper also mentioned Florida guard-center Mike Pouncey as another option for the Ravens.
Another position of need for the Ravens is wide receiver. After Georgia's A.J. Green and Alabama's Julio Jones, Kiper said his third-best wide receiver is Miami's Leonard Hankerson. But Kiper acknowledged there is no consensus after the top two receivers.
"Good luck trying to figure that one out," Kiper said.
As far as the rest of the AFC North, Kiper has Cincinnati drafting Auburn quarterback Cam Newton at No. 4, Cleveland picking Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and Pittsburgh taking Baylor guard Danny Watkins.
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