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AFC North: Treadwell fits need for Bengals, Browns

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AFC North: Treadwell fits need for Bengals, Browns

Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is probably not joining the Ravens, but he could be joining the AFC North. Treadwell will meet with both the Bengals and Browns prior to the draft, according to NFL.com

Those are just two teams on Treadwell’s lengthy visitation list that also includes the Chargers, Cowboys, Dolphins, 49ers, Panthers, and Vikings.

After signing wide receiver Mike Wallace in free agency, the Ravens can afford to pass on Treadwell with the No. 6 pick in the draft. However, Treadwell may be the draft’s top wide receiver, and the Bengals took a hit at that position in free agency, losing Marvin Jones to the Lions and Mohamed Sanu to the Falcons. The Browns also have a void to fill at wide receiver, with Travis Benjamin leaving to sign with the Chargers, and the future status of suspended wide receiver Josh Gordon still uncertain.

The Browns won’t take Treadwell with the No. 2 pick in the draft, but they might consider trading up later in the first round to get him. As for the Bengals, they hold the No. 24 pick, and if Treadwell fell that far, he would definitely fill a need. Perhaps if Treadwell fell into the late teens, the Bengals would consider trading up to get him.

Treadwell did not break 4.6 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day on Wednesday, but many still believe he will have an excellent NFL career.

“He’s a big, physical receiver and does an excellent job in the run game, blocking and securing the perimeter…then, he catches the football,” Titans general manager Jon Robinson told NFL.com. “He’s strong with the ball in his hands and he’s a really dependable target for an offense. A lot of that has to weigh into your decision as opposed to just, how fast (he ran), or how high (he jumped).”

It will remain difficult to predict where Treadwell will go, right up until Round 1 of the draft. However, if Treadwell lands with the Bengals or Browns, it will not be shocking.

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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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