2016 NFL Mock Draft 7.0: Surprise at Number Nine
There are multiple offensive tackles in the draft available later in the first and early in the second who can be an upgrade over what the Ravens currently have on roster. So, while that may be their biggest position of need, they have another need which can be better filled with a top-10 pick.
Vernon Hargreaves III gives Baltimore the corner they need to cover some of the games shiftier receivers while the return of Jimmy Smith gives them a cornerback duo who could challenge as the best in the league.
Hargreaves III has an aggressive style which suits the Ravens nicely, but he also plays with technique which can surprise many. His smaller stature has some people questioning his ability to play against NFL talent, but with his exceptional leaping ability and overall determination, his play should quickly erase those doubts.
With the Ravens drafting their cornerback of the future here, the door is open for an offensive tackle to protect their franchise quarterback later on in the draft.
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