Word this morning is that Ravens’ first-round pick, cornerback Jimmy Smith from Colorado, has signed his contract. Several reporters have shared the news on twitter, including @RavensExaminer and @Ravensinsider. Smith even shared the news himself last night.
With that, the Ravens have now signed each and every one of their draft picks. Smith, along with the rest of the rookies, will have a steep learning curve if they want to be out there banging heads with the Super Bowl Losers on September 11, but the fact that they are are signed and can begin working out now is a huge plus for the team. With first round picks, there is always the fear that contract negotiations will cause a hold-out during training camp. This year, with the rookies having already missed the benefit of OTAs and minicamps, any holdouts would have been unacceptable.