Martez Wilson

Ravens will weigh risk vs. reward in considering drafting Jimmy Smith

The most intriguing question of this year's Ravens draft isn't whether Jimmy Smith will fall to the Ravens near the bottom of the first round. It's whether the Ravens will select the talented yet flawed cornerback from Colorado.

Smith has the size to press Andre Johnson. He has the speed to match up with Santonio Holmes. And he has a past that could cause some NFL decision-makers to shudder.

The red flags with Smith include at least one failed drug test (some have reported as many as four) and two arrests for underage possession of alcohol.

The Ravens have yet to take a public stance on Smith. "We've spent time with him, and we have yet to finalize the board,...