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Possible Ravens target Bosa says he's best in draft

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Possible Ravens target Bosa says he's best in draft

INDIANAPOLIS -- If Ohio St. defensive end Joey Bosa falls to the Ravens at No. 6, they won’t be drafting a player who lacks confidence.

“I do believe I’m the best player in the draft,” Bosa said Friday at the NFL combine. “There’s of course, a lot of amazing players in the draft, and it’s going to be up to Tennessee to make that decision. But I think as a player if you don’t believe that, then there’s kind of something wrong.

“I think I bring the best pass rusher, the best defensive lineman in the country. I’m obviously coming to the team that drafts me to help them win and help them eventually make it to the Super Bowl.”

Finding a pass rusher is one of the Ravens’ top offseason priorities, with Terrell Suggs coming off an Achilles injury, and Elvis Dumervil coming off a season with just six sacks, despite making the Pro Bowl.

A lineup featuring Dumervil, Suggs, and Bosa could vastly improve the Ravens’ pass rush.

“I mean, you watched the Super Bowl,” Bosa said. “That’s pretty much the only example I have to give. The defense won that game, 100%. Von Miller, he really showed what a pass rush can do for a team.”

Bosa could easily be a top three pick – gone before the Ravens can grab him. However, if both the Browns (No. 2) pick and Cowboys (No. 4) take a quarterback, it could help Bosa fall to No. 6.

A poor performance at the combine could also cause Bosa to fall a few spots. However, he plans on helping his case in Indianapolis by showing the versatility to play in either a 4-3, or a 3-4 scheme like the Ravens’.

“I can see myself playing anywhere on the defensive line,” Bosa said. “I’ve been working standing up and working on my linebacker drops, so I definitely think I’m ready to play in a 3-4 or a 4-3.

“Yeah, I guess you could say I’d be more comfortable (in a 4-3) because I’ve never played in a 3-4. I think I’ll be comfortable staying wherever they see me.”

A lot of Ravens’ fans would be comfortable with the idea of Bosa coming to Baltimore in April.

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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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