How our experts view the Ravens' first-round pick:
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Ravens weren't kidding when they said this offseason that they wanted to upgrade their secondary. You can never have enough cornerbacks, but there were better fits out there. I would have taken any of Humphrey's three college teammates: Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster or O.J. Howard. Humphrey has all the physical traits of a quality NFL cornerback, but he struggled with consistency problems at Alabama and will probably start the season as the No. 4 CB. How about a No. 2 pass rusher or a No. 1 weak-side LB?
Mike Preston, columnist: The Ravens needed a cornerback, one who could match up with the other team's top receivers. With Marlon Humphrey on one side and Jimmy Smith on the other, maybe the Ravens can finally play good defense on the back end.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: The Ravens had no shortage of defensive options after the first half of the first round was overpopulated by offensive players. They really couldn't go wrong, and they didn't with Alabama defensive back Marlon Humphrey, who is a big corner with big-time talent and athletic ability. He also comes from Ozzie Newsome's alma mater, who had several Crimson Tide candidates to chose from.
Childs Walker, reporter: The draft broke perfectly for the Ravens, with three quarterbacks and three gifted but perhaps flawed wide receivers going in the first 12 picks. And then they swerved everybody by taking Marlon Humphrey. Obviously, they need a cornerback, and they have as good a read on Alabama players as any team. But Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster sure seem more ready to make an impact. This pick will haunt them if Humphrey does not become an above-average starter in a hurry.
- Baltimore Ravens
- Marlon Humphrey
- Jonathan Allen
- Reuben Foster
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Pittsburgh Steelers