The top prospects:
Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu, who is still in Baton Rogue, got most of the attention in the LSU secondary, but
is a complete corner with good size, speed and instincts. At 6 feet 2, Alabama's
is a big, physical cornerback.
of Northern Alabama is a small-school standout who could crack the first round with impressive workouts between now and April’s
Other intriguing names:
, Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwight Bentley and Coastal Carolina's Josh Norman are under-the-radar prospects who could impress in Indy.
was productive at South Carolina and is a second-day prospect. De'quan Menzie was overshadowed at Alabama but has a chance to make a name for himself. Maryland's Cameron Chism could be a late-round pick.
Grading the class:
Claiborne, Kirkpatrick and Jenkins top a cornerback class with several prospects who could go in the first two rounds. There is good cornerback depth deeper in the draft, too. Overall, I'll grade the cornerback class a B-plus.
Fitting the Ravens:
The cornerback position is likely to be a low priority in the 2012 draft.
looks like a budding star,
surprised as a first-time starter and
showed promise as the team’s first-round draft choice in 2011.
are potential cap casualties, but the Ravens still have
, who will be in his second season, and