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Jimmy Smith Expects a New Hybrid Role in Ravens Defense - Ryan Mink

Moving forward, Smith said it’s clear that he’ll be Baltimore’s No. 3 corner on the outside and No. 4 overall, including slot corner Tavon Young.

”It’s a new role, a new phase of football for me in a sense. I’m excited to take that on,” Smith said on “The Lounge” podcast.

“Initially, you’re like, ‘I’ve got to go prove I can still be a starter in this league.’ But I took a step back and realized this could be a blessing. I’m still going to get to play a ton, play for my team, but also not have as much wear and tear on my body and help me play this game I love for as long as I want.”

The Ravens will likely deploy some kind of rotation on the outside to keep Humphrey and Peters fresher, but Smith envisions more than just backup duty with the possibility of being called into action by injury.

“I didn’t take any reps, but I definitely started looking at safety a lot more last year, just messing around with it,” Smith said. “I feel like they could deploy me on some tight ends or something like that. I definitely think I’ll be in some type of new role.”

The top tackle-guard converts in the 2020 NFL draft class - Michael Renner



At 6-foot-6, 350 pounds with 35 ½-inch arms, Wilson should get every shot to fail at tackle before kicking inside. Chances are, with his sluggish feet, he’ll have to be protected in pass pro against quicker rushers off the edge. When he gets his hands on guys at the snap, he ends reps immediately. But getting his hands on guys can be the problem.


Hunt is a similarly massive tackle whose talents look best-suited on the inside. He showed up at the Combine at a svelte 6-foot-5, 323 pounds with 33 ½-inch arms and 10 ¾-inch hands. Before Hunt was injured last season, he earned an 80.7 pass-blocking grade and 86.0 run-blocking grade for the Rajin’ Cajuns. A four-year starter, Hunt racked up 2,947 career snaps at Louisiana. His calling card is a unique combination of flexibility and raw power.

2020 NFL Draft: Ravens EDGE-Only Seven-Round Mock Draft - Ken Zalis

Round 2, Picks 55 and 60

Might Be: Curtis Weaver, Boise State

Could Be: Terrell Lewis, Alabama

Should Be: Josh Uche, Michigan

Bonus Maybe: Julian Okwara, Notre Dame

Round 3, Pick 92

Might Be: Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame

Could Be: Darrell Taylor, Tennessee

Should Be: Bradlee Anae, Utah

Round 3, Pick 106

Might Be: Nick Coe, Auburn

Could Be: Jonathan Greenard, Florida

Should Be: Kenny Willekes, Michigan State