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2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Who goes number one?

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Who goes number one?

Perhaps the biggest upset of the Washington Redskins' 2015 season is how light the discussion on the 2016 NFL Draft. No, Sunday's thumping at Carolina doesn't change that, but get back to us next week if the Giants hand out a similar beatdown.

As for the Baltimore Ravens, better to look ahead than focus on the current record and injury carnage especially now that quarterback Joe Flacco is done for the season. Showing solidarity with the Ravens, we will indeed start looking ahead at the potential 2016 draft prospects, NFL team needs and how the first round might unfold based on current records.

Per usual, there are teams truly in need of quarterback. Yet unlike last season, teams at the tippy top of the draft may not have a clear option, though Memphis' Paxton Lynch, California's Jared Goff and Michigan State's Connor Cook probably land somewhere in the top-15. The Redskins could join the Browns, 49ers, Saints, Rams, Bears, Cowboys and Texans in the QB hunt if Kirk Cousins enters free agency and the team, as expected, doesn't pick up the option on Robert Griffin III. 

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Defensive line prospects, including Ohio State's Joey Bosa, could dominate the first round, a round with only 31 picks thanks to the NFL's stripping away New England's selection over that episode over involving deflated footballs or something. As many as three defensive backs could hear their names called among the top 10 picks. Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell, a talent the Ravens must consider in the post-Steve Smith era, is the only wide receiver currently projected in that range. Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott and Alabama's Derrick Henry likely battle to become the first running back selected.

Tons will change over the final weeks of the NFL season in terms of order and the college campaign in terms of draft stock. Take a look at our first mock draft and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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