Maurice Canady, CB — Baltimore Ravens
School: Virginia | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 195 lbs
Drafted: 6th Round, 34th pick (#209 overall)
NFL Comparison: Chris Cook
Player Overview — Original Profile
The Chris Cook comparison is not an accident or coincidence — Maurice Canady reeks of disappointment. He has an ideal physical frame for a DB in today's NFL, but much like Cook and Ras-I Dowling, both former Virginia cornerbacks who measured taller than six feet and were drafted early in the second round, he doesn't offer much more than size. Through 43 collegiate games, Canady managed just five interceptions, two forced fumbles and 26 passes defended. If his junior and senior seasons were swapped, would be a more intriguing prospect; instead, Canady enters the draft more than a year removed from his last interception.
Where He Can Hurt The Redskins
The value on the Canady pick was solid — I thought he would be long gone by the sixth round — but that will be irrelevant once he actually gets on the field. The Redskins' receiving corps is so strong, both at the top and further down the depth chart, that every opposing team's cornerbacks are worth examining.
That said, it's hard to see Canady being relevant by Week 5 of 2016, when the Ravens are set to host the Redskins. Here is an incomplete list of cornerbacks on the Ravens roster: Lardarius Webb, Kyle Arrington, Jimmy Smith, Jerraud Powers, Shareece Wright. Each of those players is set to make at least $1.5 million this season, with Webb leading the group at $9.5 million, and the five of them have each started at least 33 games, with 286 total starts between them.
Maybe the Ravens secondary will be plagued by injury, or maybe Canady will emerge as an unexpected superstar, but that's unlikely. Canady is probably going to spend most of his time on the bench, perhaps contributing on special teams.