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Best case, worst case for Ravens 2015 draft

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Best case, worst case for Ravens 2015 draft

Looking at the best and worst cases for the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens in the 2015 NFL Draft. 

Redskins

Best case, first round (5): Somehow Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota slips to five, leaving GM Scot McCloughan with an amazing trade chip. Seemingly the Jets (6), Browns (12), Texans (16) and yes, the Eagles (20) would all be interested. Let the bidding war begin. Same applies with USC DL Leonard Williams, who is considered by many the best player in the draft, but at a position Washington fortified this off-season. If we're talking about using the pick, Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler.

Worst case, first round: Top four picks in some order are Florida State QB Jameis Winston, Mariota, Williams, Fowler. Takes away best trade down scenarios unless someone must have receivers Amari Cooper (Alabama) or Kevin White (West Virginia). The remaining edge rushers have significant upside, but come with greater risk than Fowler. Clemson's Vic Beasley wouldn't feel like a value selection at five. Actually, want to know the real worst case scenario? Washington lands Mariota or Winston, but doesn't simultaneously deal Robert Griffin III. Even the Kardashians would blanch at the relentless soap opera-y coverage on deck.

Best case, second round (38): One of the top offensive linemen slip. Best bet might Florida State's Cam Erving, the top-rated center in the draft who played all over the line with the Seminoles.

Worst case, second round: Don't be surprised if McCloughan selects a quarterback in the draft. Stockpile those passers, that's his move and it's good one.  Just don't hope it's this early.

Giants

Best case, first round (9): Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson. New York' top defensive needs exist at defensive tackle and safety, but the board doesn't line up that way. Adding a pass rusher is the happy medium and adding a speed force like Beasley would make Giants fans happy.

Worst case, first round: Other than simply making a bad pick not sure I see a "worst case" for the Giants based on the needs and the board. Taking the first offensive tackle would arguably be a 'bad" move from a value standpoint since interesting options like D.J. Humphries and La'el Collins are likely available 10-plus picks later.

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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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