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Notre Dame LT Stanley early Ravens mock favorite


Notre Dame LT Stanley early Ravens mock favorite


If you put stock in mock drafts, Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley might be smart to get familiar with the Baltimore area.

Stanley is the most popular choice among national mock drafts to this point. It makes sense. Ravens left tackle Eugene Monroe is a potential cap casualty after two injury-plagued seasons, and Kelechi Osemele, who ended the season starting at left tackle, is about to hit free agency. Those mock drafts that have Stanley targeted for the Ravens at No. 6 include:

Rob Rang, CBS Sports - “The Ravens appear ready to move on from Eugene Monroe, a disappointment at left tackle since being acquired in a trade with Jacksonville. Scouts wish Stanley was a little nastier in the running game, but his long arms and light feet make him a quality pass blocker.”

Dan Brugler, CBS Sports – Stanley

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com – Stanley

Todd McShay, ESPN.com – Stanley

Mel Kiper, ESPN.com – Stanley

However, there is some variety. If not Stanley, the Ravens are expected to grab a cornerback.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com – Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida St.

“The Ravens have a lot of holes, but upgrading the secondary is a priority,” Jeremiah wrote.

Chris Burke, SI.com – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

“Don’t let his shaky bowl performance fool you,” Burke wrote. “Hargreaves is a legit NFL shutdown corner ready to happen. He more than held his own in some difficult matchups this season, showing a willingness to be physical coupled with the awareness to find the football.”

If Hargreaves realizes Burke’s expectations, then Hargreaves and Jimmy Smith would give the Ravens a formidable corner tandem. But Stanley is winning the early Ravens’ mock draft sweepstakes.

RELATED: Three pass rushers Ravens could target in draft




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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.