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Asa Jackson is first Ravens draft pick to sign

Asa Jackson, Nigel Bradham AP

The Ravens have their first draft pick under contract.

Fifth-round pick Asa Jackson has agreed to the CBA-mandated four-year deal with Baltimore, according to Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. Jackson intercepted eight passes as a cornerback during his career at Cal Poly, although his quickest route to playing time will come via special teams.

With Lardarius Webb, Jimmy Smith and Cary Williams, assuming Williams is healthy after hip surgery, the Ravens are well-stocked at cornerback. Jackson probably can’t crack that trio, but he could provide depth for now while making an impact in the return game.

The Ravens have said that Jackson will be part of the competition for kick return duties this summer. Jackson returned kicks and punts at Cal Poly, posting strong numbers in each department. Webb returned punts last season, but the team would probably be fine with letting him focus more on defense while letting Jackson get his NFL legs in that role.

Baltimore hosts its rookie minicamp this weekend.

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5 Responses to “Asa Jackson is first Ravens draft pick to sign”
  1. nlombardi117 says: May 8, 2012 7:24 PM

    Go Browns!!!

  2. macadamia2010 says: May 8, 2012 8:31 PM

    Go Browns alright; go right back to where you were in the cellar of the AFC North.

  3. dtob79 says: May 8, 2012 9:12 PM

    Raise your hand if you glanced at this headline and thought it said Ass Jackson.

  4. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says: May 8, 2012 11:03 PM

    6 rings

  5. bigredscouting says: May 9, 2012 12:33 AM

    I expect big things from Asa Jackson. He comes from a zone scheme in college but has the physical necessities to fit in a man scheme. He needs to improve his technique, but with his zone background he absolutely could be a great fit as a starting nickelback.

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