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Why the Ravens selected CB Iman Marshall

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Iman Marshall fits the Baltimore Ravens defensive scheme. Ravens CBs typically are long, good tacklers and grabby. Marshall was a four-year starter for the USC Trojans, being tested against the likes of John Ross, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, N’Keal Harry, Miles Boykin, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Chris Godwin and Calvin Ridley, to name a few. Iman has been penalized frequently for defensive holding and pass interference, but so was Marlon Humphrey at Alabama. In college, surrendering 15 yards is far better than getting beat over the top.

Marshall is extremely physical and has good speed to recover. He ran a 4.53 in Indianapolis, and that shows up on tape. He often elects to break up passes as opposed to trying to intercept the ball, which is the signature of a press-man corner. This is why the Ravens corners typically don’t net more than three interceptions. Marshall is suffocating in coverage, which leads to penalties, but doesn’t lead to receptions.

Lets take a look at his tape—

Iman Marshall uses the sideline as an extra defender, using his strength and technique to force receivers out of bounds on their routes. He has an alpha-dog mentality when the route goes vertical, wanting to physically beat his opponent down. He tackles well, wraps up and lays the hit-stick frequently. Marshall was a free safety in high-school and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him as a match-up FS in a few years. If the Ravens part ways with Jimmy Smith and/or Brandon Carr next season, Marshall and Anthony Averett present solid alternatives for the Ravens secondary. This pick might be the best of the Ravens draft.

Rookie Prediction:

Iman Marshall beats out Maurice Canady, rounding out the Ravens secondary alongside Anthony Averett. He will be an immediate gunner on kick-off, punt coverage and punt return. His big hits on special teams will make him a fan favorite while he’s being groomed to become a starter beyond 2019.