A closer look at the areas the Baltimore Ravens could address in the draft. We'll continue with a look at the cornerbacks, who are scheduled to work out Monday in Indianapolis.
Position of need: The Ravens need to improve their depth right now, and might need to develop a starter by 2016. Adding quality depth is important because of the injury history with starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb. The Ravens learned that first hand last season when they started seven cornerbacks. Plus, there are big-picture implications here. The Ravens would like to reach a long-term deal with Smith, who could potentially become a free agent next year. But there is no such certainty with Webb, whose play has decreased while his cap number has increased. It will be easier to cut ties with Webb in 2016 if the Ravens have a young cornerback in place.
Three players the Ravens could target in the draft:
Marcus Peters, Washington: He doesn't get out of the top half of the first round if not for the off-the-field baggage. Considered the most complete package of any cornerback in this class, Peters was kicked out of the Washington football program during the 2014 season. The interviews and psychological testing at the combine will play a major factor in whether he's a top-20 pick or slips down to the bottom of the first round, where the Ravens would have an opportunity to select him. The Ravens took a risk with Smith four years ago, and it turned out extremely well.
Jalen Collins, LSU: Potential, more than production, has Collins being pegged as a late first-round prospect. His size, length, and leaping ability allow him to match up against the bigger receivers. The problem is, Collins was never a full-time starter at LSU. He also only intercepted three passes and broke up 18 during his college career. Collins is intriguing because he has the measurables and the upside. How he shows in the drills at the combine will help teams project where he should go in the draft.
P.J. Williams, Florida State: The Most Valuable Player in the 2014 BCS National Championship seems like a Ravens-type player. He is considered more a football player than a pure athlete. Williams plays with solid technique, shows outstanding field awareness, and more than holds his own in run support. His competitiveness will likely interest the Ravens. But he reportedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident in October. This will be brought up during his interviews with teams at the combine. It could impact the draft stock for Williams, who is considered a borderline first-rounder.