Baltimore took a defensive player with each of its first four picks, shoring up the backfield with first-round selection Marlon Humphrey before adding two linebackers and an end on Day 2.
On Thursday, the Ravens fortified their defensive backfield by selecting Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 16th overall pick.
Addressing an insufficient pass rush that struggled in big games last season, general manager Ozzie Newsome selected sack specialist Tyus Bowser of Houston in the second round before adding MI lineman Chris Wormley and Tim Williams of Alabama in round three.
The Alabama legacy left for the draft after playing for only two seasons at Alabama.
"We're just trying to get very, very strong on defence", Newsome said. You have the long, athletic kids with upside, really raw, Marlon Humphrey, who some guys really like. "It's about having quality, quality depth".
Wormley will also be coached by another Harbaugh, as the Jim-to-John NFL pipeline is appearing to be a fruitful one, with the Ravens selecting a Wolverine for the second straight draft with the selection of Willie Henry in the fourth round previous year.More news: Obama Jabs That Obamacare Is More Popular Than Trump
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Thus, when his wish was presented to the Ravens front office, the team happily complied.
"All those guys put in the same work and we were always together and we always talked about getting to this point", Bowser said. The draft is a big part of it, and we are not done with the 53-man squad that we are going to play with when we open up against Cincinnati. Maybe the Baltimore Ravens were thinking about the games they lost last season and how the defense collapsed at times when it was critical. A former state champion track athlete at Hoover High, Humphrey has the frame and athleticism to be a front-line corner at the next level, but will need a bit of seasoning as a lock-down option after struggling some last season in man-to-man coverage against elite receivers.
"It was a little hectic".
Newsome can't say for sure if he drafted an immediate starter, but he's certain he got some contributors. Several linebackers the team drafted over the past few years have not shown they can be effective pass rushers and the heir to Terrell Suggs, who turns 35 in October. And to an extent, the same can be said for the 14th pick of Joseph.
He isn't the first one in his family to taste the National Football League; his father, Bobby Humphrey, was a running back from 1989-92. He shared the stage with NFC Commissioner Roger Goodell by virtue of an arrangement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
This is a deep draft and Newsome would like to take advantage of that talent pool. With the 47th, 74th and 78th overall picks loomed ahead, the team was poised for a busy and important Friday evening.