When you think of Alabama’s great defensive backs, names like Minkah Fitzpatrick, Trevon Diggs, and Patrick Surtain come to mind. Yet it often feels like Marlon Humphrey doesn’t get the same recognition despite being arguably the best of the bunch. Humphrey was a two-year starter for the Tide who left after his junior year and was eventually selected No. 16 overall in the 2017 NFL draft.
Since arriving in the NFL, Humphrey has been the staple of the Raven defense that is almost always at the top of the NFL ranks. Part of it may be Lamar Jackson’s flash, or John Harbaugh’s great coaching, but Humphrey flies under the radar as possibly the best defensive back in the NFL. Before you call this an unreasonably bold take, here are some of his numbers.
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Since 2019, Humphrey has started 59 of 60 games for the Ravens, and we all know availability is the best skill in pro sports. Aside from a torn chest muscle in December 2021 that ended his season, he was one of the most reliable players in the NFL.
In that four-year span, Humphrey totaled 276 tackles, broke 45 passes, racked up eight interceptions, and even led the NFL in forced fumbles in 2020 with eight. He’s been named a three-time Pro Bowler and a First-Team All-Pro in 2019 for his efforts, quietly a very impressive resume for the 26-year-old star.
2022 was perhaps his most impressive season as he covered for 664 snaps and allowed zero touchdowns, the most snaps of any player without giving up a score. With Lamar under a new deal and a better roster for Baltimore, expect the Ravens and Humphrey to be one of the scariest teams in the AFC this season.
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