|Baltimore Ravens 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado (6-2, 211);
2- Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland (6-1, 204);
3- Jah Reid, OT, Central Florida (6-7, 327);
4 - Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana (6-2, 201);
5 - Chykie Brown, CB, Texas (5-11, 190);
5 - Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State (6-3, 278);
6 - Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech (6-1, 217);
7 - Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech (6-0, 228)
Top Pick Analysis: The Ravens could have a legitimate shutdown corner on their hands in Jimmy Smith, whose size and athletic ability rivals that of Arizona rookie Patrick Peterson, the fifth overall choice in this year's draft. Smith went 21 spots later because of a litany of character issues that included multiple failed drug tests, but Baltimore believes it has the right support system in place to keep him in line. The Ravens added a needed dose of youth and speed to the receiving corps with the second-round selection of local product Torrey Smith, who should see the field immediately as a No. 3 wideout and return man. Reid has the skill set to develop into an eventual starter at right tackle, but it'll take time.
Best Value Pick: Cornerbacks with Jimmy Smith's tools are hard to find, and he'll be well worth the initial headaches that Ravens fans experienced with his selection if he's able to stay out of trouble.
We Wonder Why: The Ravens used most of their mid-round picks on raw players that are a long away from contributing consistently, a somewhat surprising tactic for a team that believes it's close to reaching the Super Bowl.
Summary: The true measure of this class will be revealed down the road, as Reid, Doss and Brown are project players that probably won't see much time as rookies, but the Ravens did pretty well by landing the two Smiths.
FINAL GRADE: B-