25 is a number that resonates every day for Baltimore Ravens’ cornerback Chykie Brown. 25 is the number of cornerbacks that were taken in the 2011 NFL Draft prior to the Ravens giving him a sigh of relief by selecting him with the 164th overall pick. Consider being in Brown’s shoes and looking at your fellow secondary brother and fellow cornerback Aaron Williams going to the Buffalo Bills in the second round; having to wait until the fifth round would have to eat away at you.
Considering the aforementioned, Brown is working hard to prove he is just as good if not better than Ravens 2011 first round selection Jimmy Smith. He also looks to push the former Chicago Bears‘ corner and current standout Raven, Corey Graham for the starting job. Brown has gone up against Torrey Smith in practice and has frustrated him on a couple of occasions. John Harbaugh has made it no secret that the former Texas star is clearly in the race for a starting position by stating “he’s a starting caliber cornerback”. Baltimoreravens.com reports Dean Pees even said “he is the most improved player in the last two years” when referring to Brown.
The Ravens have rewarded hard work in the past. One example of such behavior is after the last game in the 2011 preseason, Harbaugh walked onto the field and awarded Cary Williams the starting job over first round pick, Smith. Williams worked harder than every corner on the roster during training camp and coaches took note. Brown has those same coaches noticing his hard work and determination.
Once the 2013 season begins, don’t be surprised if you see No. 23 lined up opposite Laradarius Webb. If he continues impressing in practice, that is exactly what fans can look forward to.