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The Ravens officially signed first-round draft pick Jimmy Smith to a five-year contract on Friday, paving the way for the Colorado product to begin his NFL career.
Smith’s signing means the Ravens have all eight of their 2011 draft picks under contract.
Smith missed Baltimore’s first training camp practice on Thursday, but should be on the field Friday in his freshly-minted No. 22 jersey.
The 27th-overall selection, Smith brings loads of potential to the Ravens’ secondary. At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, he possesses impressive size for his position, and Smith ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Smith started 27 contests in Boulder, recording 163 tackles, three interceptions and 18 pass deflections.
He joins Domonique Foxworth and Lardarius Webb in competition for a starting cornerback spot.