Todd McShay says Jimmy Smith is this draft's biggest steal

May 04, 2011|By Matt Vensel

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay -- who should probably steer clear of Michael Oher next time he comes to Baltimore for a sleepover at Mel Kiper Jr.’s house -- thinks that Ravens first-round pick Jimmy Smith was the steal of this year’s draft despite the Colorado cornerback having “a lot of character baggage.”

(It was McShay’s criticism of the “character concerns” of NFL draft prospects that set Oher off in a Twitter frenzy on Tuesday.)

“This young man has a lot of character baggage,” McShay said of Smith, the 27th pick in the NFL draft. “There’s no question about it, but he went to the right team. I think that’s the whole point here. When I evaluated Jimmy Smith based purely off his talent and his cover skills, I thought he was the best [cornerback] in this year’s class, including [Nebraska cornerback Prince] Amukamara and including Patrick Peterson coming out of LSU.”

McShay continued, unintentionally busting out one of Ray Lewis’ signature lines.

“The bottom line is this: If Ray Lewis and Ed Reed can keep him focused on football and out of trouble, I think that the Baltimore Ravens got a steal at a very important position for this organization and really helped this defense as the Ravens finally try to get over the hump and get to the Super Bowl.”

For what it is worth, Kiper, a Maryland native, said Amukamara was the steal of the draft at pick No. 19.

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