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Don't rule out trade down for Ravens on draft day

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Don't rule out trade down for Ravens on draft day

Will Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome trade down in the first round, instead of drafting at No. 6?

Knowing Newsome’s history, it’s a possibility. Here is a good Ravens draft question from reader @MelVogelsang who asks:

“Reading a lot saying Ravens will trade down for more picks. Why on earth would they pass on the quality at No. 6 for quantity?”

Answer: The Ravens have multiple needs, so an extra pick could be valuable. If the Ravens think they can trade down and still get an immediate impact player in the first round, why not?

Meanwhile, a team that wants a quarterback may be eager to trade up to No. 6. Take the Eagles for example, who have the No. 8 pick. They may want to groom a young quarterback like Jared Goff of Cal as insurance behind often-injured quarterback Sam Bradford. Trading with the Eagles would only drop the Ravens down two spots, where at No. 8, they still might get a solid cornerback like Vernon Hargreaves of Florida, plus an extra draft pick from the Eagles, perhaps a third-rounder.

Trading down for an extra pick would also give Newsome more leverage to make another deal. Newsome worked the draft board up and down in 2008 to get quarterback Joe Flacco. First Newsome traded down from No. 8 to No. 26 to get extra picks. Then Newsome traded up from No. 26 to No. 18 to get Flacco.

Newsome always has supreme confidence in his draft board, and is not afraid to make draft day deals. He won’t force a trade down. But you can’t rule it out.

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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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