Ravens' rookie class could make early impact

Posted May 07, 2011 @ 2:05 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

With the 2011 draft in the books, one story line to watch is the potential early impact produced by the Ravens' rookies — which could be material. The way we hear it, first-round pick Jimmy Smith looms as a serious threat to start at cornerback. Also, general manager Ozzie Newsome, in a conference call with Ravens season-ticket holders, indicated that WR Torrey Smith, the club's second-round pick, will compete for a starting job, according to the Carroll County (Md.) Times. Finally, third-round pick Jah Reid appears to be one of the primary contenders to start at right tackle.

Several members of the team's 2010 draft class emerged as contributors last season, with KR David Reed and NT Terrence Cody making the biggest impact of the group, but no rookie earned a starting role on offense or defense last season. To be fair, the 2010 draft class lacked a first-round pick after the Ravens traded out of Round One, and Baltimore's top selection, OLB Sergio Kindle in Round Two, missed the season with a head injury. Also, the 2010 class showed some promise, with the Ravens not cutting any of their seven draft picks.