The Ravens clearly are intrigued enough by Lamar Jackson to bring in the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in for a pre-draft visit. But that doesn't mean they are taking him with the 16th overall pick.
Practically every NFL coach will tell you that one player does not make or break a football team. That holds true for the Ravens, but members of the secondary are not shy about wishing for the return of cornerback Jimmy Smith from a nagging back injury.
If outside forecasts of the defense's pending demise had seeped into their locker room, the Ravens weren't saying. The knowing nods and wry smiles, though, suggested the players were well aware of what was being said and written. They haven't played anyone. They are too slow, too reliant on veterans. They don't stand a chance of stopping the Cowboys and their vaunted running game.
Top league officials might ignore some of the issues because the NFL is a money-making monster gobbling up billions every year, but the on-the-field product has dropped in quality. A lot of games have lost appeal. Officiating has been horrendous and seems to get worse every week. Injuries continue to mount, especially to star players who are disappearing as fast as the fundamentals.
Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran cornerback Cary Williams rather than pay him a $6.5 million base salary next season, the feisty defensive back is an option worth exploring for the Ravens.