Mock roundup: Kiper, McShay say Ravens will draft cornerback

April 07, 2011|By Matt Vensel

The 2011 NFL draft is three weeks away, and draft analysts are making final adjustments to their mocks. Two notable experts from ESPN, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, released their latest mocks today. Each had the Ravens selecting a cornerback at No. 26.

Kiper believes the Ravens will select Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith, who has first-round talent but top-five character concerns. "With the Ravens' leadership on defense in the form of Ray Lewis still in place, Smith has a chance to be a steal if he takes direction from the vets," Kiper wrote. "A burner with shut-down skills, good ball awareness and elite size for the position, he adds immediate depth with the chance to start early."

Kiper is not alone in his projection. Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks, Russ Lande of The Sporting News, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche and CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco all have the Ravens taking Smith in their mocks.

Meanwhile, McShay thinks the Ravens will pass on Smith and select Miami cornerback Brandon Harris. "Smith is more talented than Harris but comes with a lot of character flags, and while Harris needs some work, he has the speed and athleticism to contribute as a sub-package corner early on and eventually become a starter," he wrote.

Another popular pick for the Ravens is Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith. Three analysts from NFL.com -- Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Pat Kirwan -- think the Ravens will select the fleet-footed wideout.

For what it's worth, I had the Ravens taking Temple defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson in my last mock.

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