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History suggests Newsome will hit with No. 6 pick

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History suggests Newsome will hit with No. 6 pick

Holding the No. 6 pick, don’t expect Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome to trade down in this year’s draft. If he does trade down, he won’t move far. Because when Newsome has drafted in the top 20, he has almost always delivered a star player.

The Ravens have only had nine top-20 picks in their history. But eight of those picks have played key roles on Super Bowl winning teams:

Joe Flacco, QB – 18th pick, 2008

Haloti Ngata, DT – 12th pick, 2006

Terrell Suggs, OLB – 10th pick, 2003

Kyle Boller, QB – 19th pick, 2003

Jamal Lewis, RB – fifth pick, 2000

Chris McAllister, CB -10th pick, 1999

Duane Starks, CB – 10th pick, 1998

Peter Boulware, OLB - fourth pick, 1997

Jonathan Ogden, LT - fourth pick, 1996

Boller is the only bust on that list. Most of the Ravens’ top 20 picks have been to the Pro Bowl, and Ogden is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I asked ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper during a conference call Monday about the likelihood of the Ravens trading down. Kiper expects the Ravens to stay put at No. 6, with at least one of these players expected to be available - Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, Florida St. defensive back Jalen Ramsey, Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, or Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa. Kiper had Bosa going to the Ravens in his latest mock draft.

“I think there’s going to be some big-time players staring them in the face,” Kiper said during a Monday conference call. “Think about this organization. Jonathan Ogden, you’ve had Jamal Lewis, you go back to Peter Boulware – McAllister, Duane Starks, Terrell Suggs – all top-10 picks. They built these Super Bowl teams back in 2000, and a couple of years ago, based on what happened in the top 10.

“I think when you have a Ronnie Stanley, when you have a Joey Bosa, when you have a Vernon Hargreaves, a DeForest Buckner, a Joey Bosa all in the mix – you know probably two to three of those players I mentioned are going to be there. Trading out of there? There’s going to be far too good a player, I think, there at No. 6 for the Ravens to trade 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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