With the 16th-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected Marlon Humphrey out of the University of Alabama.
Humphrey is the next in a long line of Crimson Tide stars coming to the NFL from a loaded defense. The corner has a great pedigree in terms of program, with defensive backs including Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, Dre Kirkpatrick, Landon Collins and more being born from Alabama and Nick Saban’s demanding style.
Humphrey is six-feet tall but only 197 pounds, meaning he could fill out as the years go on. Look for his weight to eventually top out between 205 and 210 pounds, making him a bit tougher at the line of scrimmage. While most college corners are not used to being physical at any point on the field, the Crimson Tide scheme demands it.
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Without question, the physical gifts are all there for Humphrey to develop into a fine player. His 4.41 40-yard dash at the combine suggest a player who can run with almost any receiver in the league. His tape shows the same, with Humphrey rarely getting beat over the top in the SEC.
In today’s pass-happy NFL, having a top corner is essential. Humphrey could become that in short order, making him one of the valuable commodities in a loaded class. If there is any concern, it would have to go back to his weight. Humphrey needs to get stronger to hold up against receivers who are bigger than him.