Film study of the Ravens 2017 first round pick: Marlon Humphrey
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    Film study of the Ravens 2017 first round pick: Marlon Humphrey

    by Uplandram2 » Sun May 14, 2017 11:22 am

    With the 16th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Marlon Humphrey, a cornerback out of Alabama. Humphrey will immediately add depth to a revamped and much improved Ravens secondary, and if not in Week 1, Humphrey could win a starting spot at some point in the 2017 season. Humphrey fits the mold of the Ravens defensive scheme well. In fact, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Humphrey’s pro comparison is his now teammate, Jimmy Smith. Let’s look at what one of the newest Ravens excels at, as well as the aspects of the game in which he struggles.
    Strengths

    Press Coverage

    The Ravens love tough, physical football players. They also love Alabama products. Humphrey is both, and he shows off his physicality when playing press coverage.

    In the Peach Bowl against Washington, Humphrey was matched up with the most talented wide receiver he had faced all year to that point, John Ross. Ross is small, but his rise into the top 10 of the draft was due to his blazing speed. Humphrey made sure to keep Ross check right off the line of scrimmage by putting his hands on Ross immediately. Ross cuts toward the inside, but Humphrey remains all over him, forcing an incompletion. (You can see the top of Humphrey’s helmet at the bottom of the screen, but he isn’t in the frame the whole time. The replay provides a better angle.)

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