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DeCosta believes fourth round key to Ravens draft


DeCosta believes fourth round key to Ravens draft

Assistant general manager Eric Decosta believes the fourth round will be the key to the Ravens’ draft.

The Ravens have four fourth-round draft picks – 104, 130, 132, and 134. That gives them seven picks in the first four rounds. They also have a first-rounder (No. 6), a second-rounder (36) and a third-rounder (70.)

The Ravens are counting on getting players to help them immediately with the first three picks. But the fourth round is where DeCosta says the Ravens can really excel.

“We just got to nail them,”DeCosta said. “If we have a crystal ball, and we look back on this draft five years from now, we’re going to say this draft was either made or broken by the fourth-round picks. We’ve got four fourth-round picks. We got to get some starters in those fourth-round picks. Our challenge will be to get four starters with those picks and nail those guys, because I know we’re going to do that in the first three. But those fourth-rounders …that will be the value of this draft class.”

The Ravens are happy with their two first-round picks last year – linebacker Za’Darius Smith and running back Buck Allen. Both contributed as rookies and could be future starters.

Here are some other NFL players who have been fourth-round picks in recent years that have become starters:


K. J. Wright, LB, Seahawks

Julius Thomas, TE – drafted by Broncos, now with Jaguars


Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

Travis Benjamin, WR – drafted by Browns, now with Chargers

Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins

Lardarius Green, TE – drafted by Chargers, now with Steelers

Bobbie Massie, G, Bears


Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Ravens


Bashaud Breeland, CB, Redskins

Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons

The Ravens have four chances in the fourth round to find those types of players.

RELATED: DeCosta: Pressure is on for 2nd-round pick

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers WR Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?