The Ravens moved to fill their biggest need Friday evening when they selected Kelechi Osemele, an offensive lineman from Iowa State, with the 60th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft a second-round selection.
The 6-6, 333-pound Osemele was a left tackle in college but many scouts see him playing guard in the NFL. He presumably will compete with Jah Reid for the Ravens starting left guard slot, which Ben Grubbs vacated when he signed with the New Orleans Saints last month.
I just want to get there and fit in from day one and compete wherever I may, Osemele said in a conference call with Baltimore reporters.
While pleased to land in Baltimore, Osemele said he was disappointed to fall to the middle of the second round and would use that as motivation.
Ill try to prove the naysayers wrong, he said. Hopefully 10 years from now Ill still be there.
Given their needs in the offensive interior the Ravens were linked to other offensive lineman such as Wisconsin center Peter Koz in the months leading up to the draft. When they used their top pick on a defensive player, their need to address the line intensified.
A number of offensive linemen, including Konz, came off the board before the Ravens picked Osemele, but the Ravens still were able to address the need.
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.”
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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