The Baltimore Ravens are adding yet another veteran corner to the nickle corner mix. This time in the form of Marquice Cole and Drayton Florence.
Ravens are also auditioning veteran cornerback Marquice Cole, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) June 16, 2014
Drayton Florence also said he's hoping to attend Ravens' minicamp, so they may be trying out guys this week— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) June 16, 2014
Cole is in his eighth year after being an undrafted rookie free agent initially signed by the Oakland Raiders in 2007. Cole spent the first three years of his career as a practice squad/offseason player only and didnt see any regular season playing time until he was on the New York Jets in 2009. Now on his seventh team with the Ravens, he has seen a total of 64 regular season games, starting two. He comes to the Ravens with career stats of 71 tackles, 10 passes defensed, 4 interceptions and 1 touchdown on a 35 yard run back. Cole was most recently with the Denver Broncos back in January after an injury in the postseason to Chris Harris left the Broncos needing help at the corner position.
Drayton Florence is a former second round pick in the 2003 NFL draft by the San Diego Chargers. Most recently with the Carolina Panthers, he saw action in 14 games while starting in 5 total. Florence is 6-foot and 200-pounds at the age of 33, so he must still have enough in the tank to be productive but likely sees his traditional starting days behind him. After 11 seasons in the NFL, Florence has 486 tackles, 95 passes defensed, 20 interceptions, 3 touchdowns including one last season and 3 forced fumbles.
Clearly with his second round pedigree, Florence appears to be the better of these two corners, but both will be fighting for the same position.