After failing to trade their No. 26 pick to the Chicago Bears—or do anything with it—in time for their pick to be called the Baltimore Ravens forfeited it to the Kansas City Chiefs, so with the 27th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft they did… well, presumably exactly what they would have done with the last one, selecting Colorado DB Jimmy Smith to shore up their already-strong pass coverage. Odd process, unaffected results. The Ravens are renowned for their focus on defense, and the draft, it seems, is no exception.
Baltimore Beatdown looks forward to a tougher secondary with Smith involved, one less likely to be outmuscled by opposing offenses. I also like this joke: “With the 26th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select… the 27th pick!” It’s really the easiest way there is to trade down.