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Draft question No. 6: Will Ravens be draft traders?


Draft question No. 6: Will Ravens be draft traders?

Leading up to the draft, I’m examining 10 important questions for the Ravens. Here’s question No. 6:


I think the Ravens will move up and down the board during points in this draft, but not in Round 1. At No. 26, I think the Ravens are comfortable, believing a good player will fall to them without having to make a deal.

However, with 10 overall picks, maybe the Ravens will be daring in Round 1. In his interesting trade-heavy mock draft, my colleague Ben Standig suggests the Ravens could trade up from No. 26 to No. 20 to get cornerback Marcus Peters of Washington.

[MORE RAVENS: NFL Mock Draft 7.5: The extreme, trade-heavy version]

If there is a run on cornerbacks early, it’s possible the Ravens may get antsy and trade up. But this is a deep draft at both wide receiver and cornerback. I don't think a Round 1 trade will be necessary for the Ravens to land a corner or receiver that they like.

I can really see the Ravens doing some dealing once the draft reaches Friday (Rounds 2-3) and Saturday (Rounds 4-7).  They have one pick in Rounds 2 and 3, three picks in Rounds 4 and 5, and one pick in Round 6. Maybe they’ll be tempted to trade up in Round 2 to get tight end Maxx Williams of Minnesota. This draft is thin at tight end, and Williams is generally regarded as the best one. I can see the Ravens using a draft pick to trade for a veteran tight end if they can't get Williams.

The Ravens are also likely to draft a running back, and could trade up to get one they are targeting.

Having 10 overall picks gives the Ravens trade ammunition. I expect general manager Ozzie Newsome to use it.



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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.


“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.