It's that time to click open the weekly Baltimore Ravens mailbag ...
@jamisonhensley who's the safer pick for Baltimore; Bosa or Jack?— D.Wright (@dwright0660) April 7, 2016
@jamisonhensley: For the Ravens, the safer pick is absolutely UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. He fits the team's mantra of "Play like a Raven." Jack is an explosive playmaker who Baltimore can plug in next to C.J. Mosley at inside linebacker. One general manager described Jack as a faster version of Ray Lewis. Bosa is considered the top prospect in this draft by ESPN's Todd McShay. But his natural position is a 4-3 defensive end. Though the Ravens believe Bosa can switch to 3-4 outside linebacker, this is still a projection, which makes it a riskier pick for Baltimore.
@jamisonhensley would and could the Ravens sign donte whitner? Or are they content with Ladarius Webb?— Drew Ervin (@drewervin2) April 7, 2016
@jamisonhensley: The Ravens have long been fans of Donte Whitner, dating to the 2006 draft when they were eyeing him in the middle of the first round. But the Ravens have been effusive in their support of Webb making the move from cornerback to safety. Of course, the Ravens could say the landscape changed with the sudden release of Whitner. Still, it might not make sense financially to cut Webb and add Whitner. Baltimore would have to carry $6 million in dead money if it parts ways with Webb, and then give about $3 million to Whitner. The possibility of signing Whitner would have been higher if the Ravens hadn't already signed a leader in the secondary in Eric Weddle.
@jamisonhensley is the CB who will be starting opposite Jimmy Smith currently on the Ravens roster?— Shut Up Anthony! (@shut_up_anthony) April 7, 2016
@jamisonhensley: The answer probably won't come until it gets closer to the regular season. The expectation is the Ravens will draft a cornerback in the first three rounds. Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta already said starter-quality cornerbacks are gone by the middle of the third round. Among the possibilities are Houston's William Jackson, Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller, Miami's Artie Burns and Alabama's Cyrus Jones. All of those cornerbacks would get the opportunity to compete for the starting job against Shareece Wright, who was re-signed just before the start of free agency. So, if the rookie shows quickly that he is ready to play immediately, he'll start opposite Jimmy Smith. If the draft pick needs more time to adjust (like Smith did as a rookie), Wright will keep his starting spot.