Baltimore Ravens Select Colorado CB Jimmy Smith in First Round of 2011 NFL Draft

By Dan Parzych

After some confusion while trying to work out a trade with the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Ravens decided to take a risk on Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith with the 27th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Smith joins a Ravens’ squad that reached the playoffs for the third consecutive season after finishing with a 12-4 record.

Many believed Smith possesses the talent to be a top-10 pick, but some off the field issues forced him to drop until the late first round. Smith tested positive for marijuana while at Colorado and ESPN even reported during the draft that numerous teams were concerned over the cornerback after viewing some of the pictures on his Facebook page.

Still, Baltimore has to be satisfied that they managed to land one heck of a talented cornerback in Smith who has been praised for his ability in man coverage. The Ravens are well-known for their defense–so it should be interesting to see how this gamble pays off for them.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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