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Baltimore Ravens sign former Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

He’s one of five draft picks that signed a contract for the Baltimore Ravens, prior to the team going through the first day of minicamp practice on Friday morning. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey was the first Alabama player to be selected in the first round – 16th overall pick – of this year’s NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

News of his contract signing was reported by Ryan Mink, a staff writer for the Ravens.

Before landing in the National Football League, Humphrey made a name for himself at the University of Alabama as a standout defensive back. After redshirting his freshman season in 2014, Humphrey would go onto total 81 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups and five interceptions (one touchdown) in two years as a starting corner. He was a member on three Southeastern Conference championship teams and a College Football Playoff national title squad in 2015. During the 2016 national championship game, the Hoover (Ala.) native was credited with the most pivotal play of the game – when he recovered a perfectly executed onside kick off the foot of Adam Griffith, to help the Crimson Tide earn a 45-40 win over Clemson.

He will have to compete against 10-year veteran Brandon Carr for an opportunity to start at cornerback opposite Jimmy Smith for the Ravens, but at least Humphrey is signed for now.

Stephen M. Smith is a managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

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