Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Pros and Cons of Jimmy Smith



The Ravens selection of Jimmy Smith is an interesting one for sure and it has had somewhat of a polarizing affect on fans in the Baltimore area.

Supporters of the move are attracted by Smith’s measurable physical skills and his prototypical body for the modern day cornerback. They are quick to point out that the moves fills a glaring team need and that the value of the pick at No. 27 is just too tempting to ignore.

Detractors will point to the lengthy history of Smith’s off-the-field transgressions and his lack of commitment. They are quick to toss in cutting barbs such as, “Smith gives new meaning to drinking the purple Kool Aid” (a reference to the codeine abuse) or “And these are just the bad things he’s done and been caught.”

Time will tell if Ozzie Newsome made the right decision to turn in the card on Jimmy Smith. But until such time plays out, here are a few thoughts to consider:

· The Ravens so far have come up empty with the risky selection of Sergio Kindle. It’s hard to envision a scenario in which the team DID NOT exhaustively investigate Smith, fearing another air ball on draft day.

· The selection might save them some money because now it seems a bit inconceivable that the Ravens will bring back both Chris Carr and Josh Wilson, particularly with Domonique Foxworth returning from an ACL injury.

· The Ravens defense has almost always had star power and solid leadership. The influences of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata should help accelerate Smith’s maturation. That said at some point Smith has to become “one of the boys.” Chris McAlister never did, was a bit of a loner and consequently he was never a “we” guy – always a “me” guy.

7 comments :

Jerry B said...

I will leave the "post-mortems" to draft analysts, etc. What I find interesting in this era of the "pass happy" NFL where defenders are literally prohibited from contact with WRs is the notion that there is still need for the prototype "shut down corner"! Frankly, if you want to defend the pass, you better be able to pressure the QB! And, this is where the Ravens STILL need help...........

Phil from Frostburg said...

To your last bullet, the effect of the veterans on influencing troubled younger players is way overestimated. Either Jimmy Smith is a good guy now or he's not. The Ravens locker room isn't going to change it. Let's hope the front office figured out the correct answer. We'll all find out soon. He will be a steal if he's not a knucklehead any longer.

However, I have to say the 2nd and 3rd round picks don't excite me. They passed on Hankerson and Little, who appear to be more accomplished WRs. I thought Harbaugh said he didn't want projects this year?? The 3rd round tackle was graded much lower than 3rd round by all rating services I've seen. Let's hope the front office knows something these services don't, but Ravens history in the 2nd and 3rd rounds has been very poor and should not provide us any confidence that is the case.

Tony Lombardi said...

Jerry, I agree with you but the team didn't want to reach and the medical staff obviously has major concerns with Da'Quan Bowers.

Phil, I agree that the influence on trouble young players is overrated BUT it can have an influence. Ray Lewis was clearly influenced by leaders like Rod Woodson and Shannon Sharpe.

We'll see if it does in the case of Jimmy Smith.

Michael Rickard said...

Man ppl are so quick to judge. The guy made some mistakes in his life but who doesn't. He's not perfect. Nothing but a human being. He's a very talented player at a position we needed the most on defense. This guy will be great here in purple n black city

richieG said...

I hope I'm wrong, but from the scouting reports I've read, it seems as if TorreyS was a StevieB "homer" pick and will be a minor up-grade from DWilliams.
If JamesHardy r e a l l y has potential, don't get why they took TDoss and not a PASS-RUSHER!!!
Based on the sun's bio of the last 4 picks, they are all Mr irrelevants".
Their draft selections indicate to me thet the raves are banking on Sergio coming back and playing great, and on TCody playing great, and PaulKruger playing great, and RayL playing up to his usual greatness, and on AJones playing great, and on MBirk playing great and on Yanda being able to switch back to RG (AND re-sign) - really Oz??? That's a lot of wishful thinking IMHO!!!
RichieG

Anonymous said...

Rick Gosselin, IMHO, the best draft guru out there, and its not close, has Jah Reid 70th on his board, and going in his second round of the mock.

I'd trust him over anyone else putting out rankings, lists, etc....for sure...


FWIW......

Anonymous said...

Having watched Hankerson for years, Phil, big Miami fan here and alum, season tickets...can tell you that he plays bad in cold weather games and struggles over middle...he has broken my heart on more than one occasion. i didn't want him for my Ravens. I think he is a guy who going to flame out. i just don't see him being good in December in Pittsburgh. So i was glad we didn't get him. The Miami guy to take this year was Harris and McCarthy, two underrated ballers.