The Ravens used their first 4th round pick, number 118 overall, to select cornerback Anthony Averett out of Alabama. Averett played with current Ravens corner Marlon Humphrey two years ago.
He has speed and length that will help him compete for a starting job at what is currently the deepest position on the Ravens defense. He’ll have to perform very well to get snaps over Tavon Young and Marlon Humphrey, but he has a competitive pedigree, as he was able to secure a starting role on Alabama’s perennially elite defense.
Over the last few years, it seems like the Ravens have been constantly dealing with an inordinate amount of injured members of their secondary, so this move was likely made in the hopes of stopping that problem before it arose during the season.
Right now, the Ravens have so many corners that they will inevitably have to make some cuts at the position. Given Averett’s relatively high draft position, he’ll likely be safe this year as long as he shows he can adequately play at the next level.