Ravens Scrutinizing Corner Prospects

Several mid- to late-round corners have been on the Ravens’ radar.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, February 27th, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Categories: 2011 NFL Combine, Mike Duffy

With three cornerbacks who could be unrestricted free agents (Fabian Washington, Chris Carr and Josh Wilson), the Ravens might be looking to add depth at cornerback in the upcoming draft.

And they have been busy scrutinizing corners at the NFL Scouting Combine.

On Sunday, several mid- to late-round corners revealed that they had met with the Ravens during the evaluation process, including Miami’s Brandon Harris and DeMarcus Van Dyke and Florida’s Will Hill.

In addition, Curtis Marsh of Utah State said he has talked with Ravens scouts before the combine.

In a league where teams are passing more and more each year, having a solid supporting cast at cornerback is critical.

Harris is probably the most polished and had been linked to the Ravens in several mock drafts, but the rest of the prospects have their positives attributed.

“I’d say my speed makes me stand out,’ said Van Dyke, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound former track star.  “Everybody here is fast, but you have to be faster to stand out in the DB group.”

Van Dyke also boasts versatility.  A four-year player for the Hurricanes, Van Dyke saw action in 50 games at right, left and nickel corner.

Hill and Marsh are similarly-sized talents, both hovering around the 6-foot range.

They both boast speed to go along with lanky, long-armed frames.  What makes them sleepers is their relatively quiet collegiate careers.

“I think [my height] is great for me,’ said Marsh, who posted 13 pass breakups and two interceptions last year.  “I’m blessed to be this tall and have this kind of athletic ability.  I don’t know how important it is.  That’s for the teams to decide. But I’m very thankful for that.”

Hill had 54 tackles and two picks in 2010.

“I think I could have done better actually, coming in my freshman year and dealing with coaches,” Hill said. “I feel like I could have had a better career. I think it was decent. I still think I made the right decision to come out. I came out for the right reasons. I’m not just a money-hungry guy. I just want to support my family.”

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