Rookie cornerback Iman Marshall wasn’t watching the NFL Draft when the Ravens picked him in the fourth round. Marshall was at the movies, watching “Avengers: Endgame.”
Once the Ravens called, Marshall didn’t care about the next scene.
“I left!” Marshall said, smiling at the memory. “I had a party! It was a celebration after that.”
Now the plot thickens for Marshall, joining the Ravens’ deep cornerback rotation led by Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, Jimmy Smith, and Tavon Young. Will it be difficult for Marshall to earn playing time right away? Yes. But Marshall will learn from one of the NFL’s best cornerback groups, while giving the Ravens added insurance in case of injury.
Marshall had a solid debut during rookie minicamp last week, defending wide receivers aggressively and catching the eye of coaches. After one play, Ravens Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale gave Marshall a shout-out from across the field.
“Smart play there,” Martindale yelled toward Marshall.
“Thank you coach,” Marshall responded.
Whether it’s from a coach or a teammate, Marshall wants to absorb knowledge as quickly as he can, not just at cornerback but on special teams. That’s where Marshall may make his biggest contribution as a rookie. If that becomes Marshall’s primary role, he will embrace it.
“I feel like special teams is a key element of the game,” Marshall said. “It’s a situational game, and that’s a part of the game that has a situation every play, from a punt, kickoff, field positioning. In this game, it’s about controlling the yards. So, I’m excited to be a part of that, and I’m going to contribute early to the special team game.”