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How much will Ravens reveal at pre-draft press conference?

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How much will Ravens reveal at pre-draft press conference?

The Ravens will hold their annual pre-draft press conference Tuesday starting at 11:45, with general manager Ozzie Newsome, coach John Harbaugh, assistant GM Eric DeCosta, and director of college scouting Joe Joe Hortiz answering questions.

The Ravens have been busy this offseason - restructuring quarterback Joe Flacco’s contract, and signing three key free agents - tight end Ben Watson, safety Eric Weddle, and wide receiver Ben Wallace. However, among the questions remaining for the Ravens are:

1. If the Ravens draft Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the No. 6 pick, what does that mean for left tackle Eugene Monroe?

2. Who is the top defensive player on the Ravens’ wish list among Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, and Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa?

3. How much would it take to entice Newsome to trade down from the No. 6 pick?

4. If the Ravens don’t find a pass rusher in this draft, would they try to sign a veteran free agent like Dwight Freeney?

5. With Lardarius Webb moving from corner to safety, and after the death of Tray Walker, do the Ravens feel they need to find a young corner in this draft?

Don’t expect Newsome and the Ravens’ front office to reveal too much of their strategy. But we may hear some comments that help us read between the lines.

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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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