In 2010 the Ravens took a chance in the NFL Draft selecting linebacker Sergio Kindle who they knew came with a checkered past. Kindle was arrested for driving while intoxicated in 2007 and fell down two flights of stairs on July 25, 2010, an injury that costed him his first professional season with Baltimore. Kindle was again arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol the day after Christmas last year.
With the NFL Draft set to start in a few short hours, the Ravens are likely hoping not to make the same mistake in 2011. However, Jimmy Smith, a name that many experts are saying could land in Baltimore, comes with a bit of baggage himself.
While the Ravens could definitely use a cornerback, Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun reported on enough red flags to raise serious concerns for the team.
Now, some light has been shed on those red flags. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NFL teams know that Smith flunked three drug tests at Colorado, and he informed one team that one was for misusing codeine. His other revelations included: two alcohol-related arrests, a pair of abortions that were paid for by the parents of the mothers and an arrest for third-degree assault in a restaurant.
Do Smith’s off field issues worry you, or should the Ravens pursue him later this evening?