Ravens get defensive in draft, select Alabama CB Humphrey

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Each year, the Alabama Crimson Tide football program churns out quality NFL Draft prospects in bunches, and cornerback Marlon Humphrey is one of the best Alabama prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ozzie Newsome reminded everyone of that at every opportunity during the three-day draft, and his history as Ravens general manager bears it out.

They've upgraded their secondary a lot this offseason, so drafting Marlon Humphrey shouldn't be a surprise. "Ossie (Newsome) has always done a great job and the players that they've lost, they'll hire within and it's next man up". "It's about having quality, quality depth".

After finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs for a second straight year, Baltimore lost Zachary Orr, who retired because of a spinal condition.

After making six selections in the draft and bolstering his defense while failing to provide any help at the offensive skill positions, Newsome said he'd immediately get back to work to try and get coach John Harbaugh's team more help.

"The Ravens are getting a great player", Bowser said. Coming from such an athletic family, it seems like we were all in our different sports trying to be the best in whatever game, whatever sport we were in. "We're going to be darn tough to throw against".

Eluemunor said it would be a "dream come true" if he could play in the Ravens' Week 3 game in England this season.

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Three receivers went in the first nine picks, so that left Newsome looking elsewhere to improve the team.

"It was a little hectic". While he might not be a starter this year, he could make good as a situational pass-rusher and continue his development into 2018. But he said those players ended up going to other teams. "Now, we feel like we have four really good corners with Brandon, Jimmy, Tavon, along with Marlon".

Humphrey is the son of former Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey, who was a first-round selection the 1989 NFL Supplemental Draft by the Denver Broncos.

On Thursday, T.J. Owuanibe shared center stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to announce the Baltimore Ravens' top draft pick.

The second player we wish the Ravens would have picked is JuJu Smith-Schuster.

At the end of the day, National Football League teams had to decide how much to invest in an elite, but undersized speed rusher, with a history of off-field problems. With the 47th, 74th and 78th overall picks loomed ahead, the team was poised for a busy and important Friday evening.