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Connecticut CB Byron Jones becoming intriguing option for Ravens

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The Ravens might be targeting Byron Jones in this year's draft.

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With Jimmy Smith's contract expiring after the 2015 season, the Ravens are in the market for a cornerback. It's unknown if the Ravens will be able to afford Smith, who could be at the top of the list at the position entering the 2016 offseason.

But even if the Ravens do bring Smith back, the Ravens could use another one at the position. Lardarius Webb could be entering his final three years with the organization at age 29, at least at corner. Who knows, maybe Webb gets another deal but moves to safety? That's something Rod Woodson and Charles Woodson did to prolong their careers.

With both of those scenarios in mind, the Ravens appear high on Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones, an athletic option at the position that could wind up a bargain. According to The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, Ravens senior personnel assistant George Kokinas was at his pro day where Jones once again wowed scouts.

Speed is an important part to Jones' game, as he ran a 4.36 40-yard dash on Tuesday.

Jones is a projected second-round pick, which could make it easy for the Ravens to address an offensive skill position in the first round. Then again, Jones' stock could continue rising. And if he becomes a late first-rounder or early second-rounder, and the Ravens' other top options go before pick No. 26, it wouldn't be out of the question for the Ravens to trade back and select him — much like they did with Courtney Upshaw in 2012.

Jones is coming off a shoulder injury that ended his 2014 season prematurely. Jones recorded 24 tackles and two interceptions last season.

Here's Jones' 40-yard dash from the pro day:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Byron Jones 2nd try is a 4.3 <a href="http://t.co/bDmI721kON">pic.twitter.com/bDmI721kON</a></p>&mdash; UConn Television (@UCTVCHANNEL14) <a href="https://twitter.com/UCTVCHANNEL14/status/582904542452400128">March 31, 2015</a></blockquote>

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