The Sun's Ravens beat writer Jeff Zrebiec along with Ravens editor Mark Selig goes over which players should be available when the Ravens draft the six pick. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Leading up to the draft, The Baltimore Sun looked at the Ravens' personnel at each position, exploring whether they could add to that position and analyze whom they might target.
Today, for the final position group, we'll examine defensive backs.
Current defensive backs under contract: Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith, Shareece Wright, Kyle Arrington, Will Davis, Jumal Rolle, Sheldon Price, Julian Wilson; safeties Eric Weddle, Lardarius Webb, Kendrick Lewis, Matt Elam, Terrence Brooks, Anthony Levine, Nick Perry, Jermaine Whitehead.
Chances the Ravens will draft a defensive back in first three rounds: High. The Ravens have done extensive work on all the draft's top cornerbacks, and they've also met with several of its top safeties. They want to add a starting-caliber cornerback and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta acknowledged that all of those will be gone by the middle of the third round. Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey might be unavailable unless the Ravens trade up, but there are several options, whether they decide to stay put, move back or wait until the second round and address the need.
Possibly on Ravens' radar: Cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander (Clemson), Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech, Vernon Hargreaves (Florida), William Jackson (Houston), Cyrus Jones (Alabama); safeties Sean Davis (Maryland), Karl Joseph (West Virginia), Will Parks (Arizona).
Outlook: The Ravens have made a lot of moves this offseason to bolster their secondary, signing perennial Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle, moving Lardarius Webb from cornerback to safety, re-signing Wright and hiring former NFL head coach and defensive back Leslie Frazier to coach the group. But they'd still like to add more young talent, specifically at cornerback. Hargreaves, considered the draft's best pure cover cornerback, would be obtainable, maybe even if the Ravens trade down. He doesn't have ideal size, but he's smart and fundamentally sound and he has good ball skills. Jackson and Ohio State's Eli Apple are also viable options, should the Ravens trade back in the first round.
The Ravens could also hope that Alexander and Fuller are still on the board in round two. Otherwise, they won't be able to wait around too much longer if they expect to find a cornerback that can immediately challenge for the starting job opposite Smith. As for safety, the Ravens are pretty deep there, although coach John Harbaugh mentioned possibly using a hybrid player that could push forward and be used as a linebacker in certain situations. That type of safety isn't currently on the Ravens' roster, so perhaps they are targeting that skill set in the draft.