The Ravens would be wise to do whatever they can to bring back Corey Graham in 2014. The Ravens already have two strong corners locked in next year in Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Webb steadily improved with his repaired ACL and was able to play at a high level even with a sports hernia. Smith's cover skills and physicality got better throughout the 2013 season, as it would appear he's finally playing to the potential his first-round status garnered him. Having Graham back will give all three players a chance to work this offseason to form a more cohesive and versatile unit. As it stands, cornerback was probably the best position on defense through the entire season, or at least the area that saw the most growth as the year progressed. Graham gives the Ravens multiple options on defense — he can be used to blitz the quarterback, he and Webb are interchangeable as nickel corners and he fill in as an outside corner if there's an injury to the other two. If injuries happen at safety, he can also step back there and fill in for emergency situations. "If we could keep Corey [Graham] in the fold — and Ozzie [Newsome] feels the same way — we're going to do everything we can to do it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Tuesday. "If we can't, we can't, because he's played so well that maybe it will be one of these deals where — we wanted to keep Paul [Kruger] here, we wanted to keep [Dannell] Ellerbe here.
Corey Graham a priority for the Ravens to bring back for 2014 NFL season
Baltimore Beat Down | Jan 2