Asa Jackson is first Ravens draft pick to sign

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.