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05/05/17 - CB Marlon Humphrey signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year option with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday. Humphrey was selected with the 16th overall pick in last week's draft. The 20-year-old is the son of former Denver Broncos running back Bobby Humphrey. Humphrey started all 29 games of his short career at Alabama. He had two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2016.
04/27/17 - Ravens bolster secondary, tab CB Humphrey in first round...The Baltimore Ravens found help for their secondary by taking hard-nosed Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Humphrey provides another playmaker for a unit that has been hampered by injuries over the past three seasons. Humphrey, who left Alabama after his sophomore season, will have to fight for a starting spot with veterans Jimmy Smith, newly signed Brandon Carr and second-year player Tavon Young. "It was an opportunity for us to continue to put some strength into our secondary," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Now, we feel like we have four really good corners with Brandon, Jimmy, Tavon, along with Marlon. (Marlon) has great size. He has really long arms and he can run. I feel like we got better in the secondary."
Humphrey has the pedigree to be a difference-maker. His father, Bobby Humphrey, also played at Alabama as a running back and was a first-round selection by the Denver Broncos in the 1989 NFL Supplemental Draft. The younger Humphrey started all 29 games of his short career at Alabama. He had two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2016. Ravens coach John Harbaugh expects Humphrey to make an immediate impact. However, Harbaugh emphasized there is no pressure on the young cornerback because of the number of veterans Baltimore has in the secondary. "We've gone after a portion of our team in the back end with our secondary with a vengeance," Harbaugh said. "We've done a great as job as an organization in terms of getting that done. We have some really good players back there and there is going to be competition. We're going to be darn tough to throw against." - The Sports Xchange
03/09/17 - Alabama Pro day: Marlon Humphrey...On the draft process: "It's different than I thought it would be. People tell you how it will go, but you never really know until you're actually doing it." On his interactions with teams and scouts: "I just want teams to know that I'm a guy that's ready to work. I'm a physical corner, and I see myself being great, so I'm going to keep working until I'm that corner. All the interactions with teams have been good. Every time I walk into a different room and I shake the head coach's or GM's hand, it's just always unreal that I have this opportunity where I can walk in and share my name with these guys and show my case for why I think I should be one of the top corners in this class." - Alabama Football
01/08/17 - Alabama coach Nick Saban and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney are hopeful that new rules regarding how NFL teams can evaluate underclassmen will provide players better information on whether to go pro. The American Football Coaches Association and the NFL reached an agreement last year that allows underclassmen who are returning for another season of college football to participate in pro days at their schools. That will allow scouts and coaches to begin the evaluation process earlier. Each school is allowed to have five underclassmen participate, though it can request to have more. The change should give the NFL's college advisory committee more information and allow it to provide better feedback when underclassmen request evaluations.
"I think the philosophy here is the more information that the NFL can get on players, the more accurate they can be in evaluation," Saban said. "And I think that players are trying to make a business decision after three years in school, business decision being, where will I get drafted relative to if I stayed in school, where could I develop and get drafted a year from now and have a better opportunity for myself. "Because once you enter the draft, you can't improve your draft status. But if you stay in college you can improve your draft status dramatically." Underclassmen can request an evaluation from the advisory committee. The committee changed its rating system last year to potential first-round pick, potential second-round pick or neither, essentially recommending the player stay in school. The number of underclassmen entering the draft had been steadily rising in recent years and hit a record 98 in 2015. Last year that number dropped to 74 and coaches are hoping the new scouting rules can decrease it further. - AP Sports