OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The first five players the Baltimore Ravens picked in last week’s 2019 NFL Draft addressed the team’s most glaring weaknesses. Baltimore scooped up two wide receivers and a shifty running back to infuse the offense with speed, an accomplished college pass rusher to fortify depth at a thin spot and a lineman who’ll compete for a starting job at left guard.
Then the Ravens appeared to alter their approach. Their next two picks had little to do with needs or a prospect’s potential place on the depth chart.
In fact, cornerback and defensive tackle might stand as Baltimore’s strongest positions groups. But the Ravens took Iman Marshall and Daylon Mack on Day 3 of the draft anyway — and team officials gushed about both prospects afterward,
Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said the decision to use a fourth-round selection on Marshall, a physical 6-foot-1 corner out of USC, was straight forward.
“He was just the best player available on our board,” Hortiz said.
The Ravens carry four established starting corners on the roster in Brandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith and slot specialist Tavon Young. They also maintain strong depth at the spot with a crop of players that includes Anthony Averett, a 2018 fourth-round pick out of Alabama who earned praise from coaches as a rookie.