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Ravens reaped mixed results from 2017 rookie class

Ravens reaped mixed results from 2017 rookie class

Marlon Humphrey had heard the whispers regarding the inability of Alabama cornerbacks picked in the first round of recent drafts to meet their potential in the NFL. The Houston Texans’ Kareem Jackson, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Dre Kirkpatrick and the New York Jets’ Dee Milliner (who hasn’t played a game since 2015) are cited as examples.

But Humphrey defied the trend. The 16th overall selection in April’s draft replaced Ravens starter Jimmy Smith (torn left Achilles tendon) and held his own as a starter in the final four games, including Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. In fact, Pro Football Focus ranked Humphrey fifth among cornerbacks in lowest passer...