Young cancer survivor gets his wish at NFL draft

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The Baltimore Ravens returned to their roots in the 2017 National Football League draft. The former MI captain will get to show his leadership skills and work ethic in Baltimore's locker room, with his sometimes soft-spoken but characteristically on-point demeanor.

Humphrey follows in the footsteps of his father, former Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey, who was drafted in the first round of the 1989 NFL Supplemental Draft by the Denver Broncos.

How he fits: The Redskins should probably start planning to add another cornerback.

The Ravens will still likely target a wide receiver in the latter rounds. "We already had him here in Zach Orr", Newsome said.

The surprise is the player who is on his way to the charmed city. Or Wormley. Or Williams. As a football player, he will continue to get better. "This is the strongest we've been in the secondary in a really long time".

Marlon Humphrey became the first Alabama player selected in the NFL Draft on Thursday night when he was taken with the No. 16 pick in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. Coach John Harbaugh informed T.J. that his wish has been granted. But the Ravens believe he's plenty good enough to make an impact as a rookie in the NFL. He recorded a game and career high of 10 solo tackles and 11 total tackles against Michigan State (Oct. 29), earning himself co-Defensive Player of the Game honors. For what it's worth, Baltimore tried to trade up to presumably take Barnett.

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"I got the chance to see him on film and get to see how he plays", Bowser said of the opportunity to play with Suggs.

Eluemunor will likely be given a look at right tackle in place of departed free agent Rick Wagner. With the selection of a great defensive back and three talented and versatile pass rushers, things are looking up for the Ravens pass defense in 2017.

Jake Butt, who was the John Mackey award victor as the nation's top tight end and a possible first-round pick before suffering a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl, wasn't taken until the fifth round by Denver (No. 145 overall).

Williams' overall value will depend on whether he can take the next step to become a well-rounded linebacker or if he'll always be more of a niche player.

Newsome told reporters that there were some offensive players, perhaps a receiver, that he was interested in drafting.

INSIDE INFO: Harbaugh's brother Jim is a coach at MI, so John received a first-hand scouting report on Wormley.

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Who do you think was the Ravens best and riskiest pick of the 2017 NFL Draft? . The first four picks by Baltimore were on defense, starting with cornerback Marlon Humphrey at No. 16 overall.

"A guy that's hard working", he said.

Newsome, meanwhile, has deep ties to Alabama, his alma mater. He wisely played it safe with Humphrey.

TWO-SPORT STARS: Bowser suited up for the Houston basketball team for two seasons and Eluemunor played rugby in England, then wrestled and played football in high school. There Bowser ran a 4.65-second 40-yard dash, jumped 37.5 inches in the vertical jump, 127 inches in the board jump, and finished with a very good 6.75 second at the three-cone drill.

The first day of the draft ended with the Ravens still looking for talent at several positions.

Smith also reflected on what his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, needed to focus on. "Now we've got some stability back there".

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