Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Ravens free-agent rankings: No. 8
By Jamison Hensley
Let's continue the ranking of the Baltimore Ravens' 13 unrestricted free agents:
No. 8: COREY GRAHAM
The good: A Pro Bowl special-teams player in Chicago, Graham became a starting cornerback on the Ravens' Super Bowl team. He made the two biggest defensive plays in the 2012 AFC divisional playoff game in Denver, where he returned an interception for a touchdown and picked off Peyton Manning again in overtime to set up the game-winning score. Last season, he led the Ravens with four interceptions as the nickelback and broke up a career-high 12 passes.
The bad: Graham doesn't have the size or speed to be a full-time starting cornerback in the NFL. He struggled mightily against Wes Welker in the season opener last year. Graham turns 29 before the season begins.
The bottom line: The Ravens consider Graham one of their priorities in free agency, although he won't rank as high as tight end Dennis Pitta. By keeping Graham, the Ravens would retain their top three cornerbacks and maintain chemistry in the secondary. Graham is also an excellent special-teams player. But there's no guarantee that he's coming back. Coach John Harbaugh said Graham could follow the likes of linebacker Dannell Ellerbe as someone who played so well for the Ravens that he'll draw interest elsewhere.