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Ravens could use Steeler-like success drafting a WR

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Ravens could use Steeler-like success drafting a WR

INDIANAPOLIS – Can the Ravens strike gold in the draft at wide receiver like the Steelers have recently?

The Steelers have hit home runs in the draft over the past six years at wide receiver, drafting Antonio Brown (sixth round) and Emmanuel Sanders (third round) in 2010; Markus Wheaton (third round) in 2013, and Martavis Bryant (fourth round) in 2014. Brown might be the best wide receiver in the NFL. Sanders has become a 1,000-yard receiver with the Broncos, and Wheaton and Bryant both have 1,000-yard potential.

If Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has any secret to drafting wide receivers, he’s not sharing them at the combine this week, especially with the Ravens.

“I don’t know if there’s any formula for it,” Colbert said Wednesday. “We evaluate the receivers just like we evaluate any other position. We’ve just been very fortunate. Can he run, can he separate, can he make the contested catch, and he make big tough catch in the end zone, can he run after the catch?  If he can check off all those boxes, chances are he’s going to be a pretty good player.”

Don’t expect the Ravens to take a wide receiver at No. 6. Laquon Treadwell of Mississippi, who says he’s not running at the combine, is generally regarded as the top wide receiver prospect. However, Treadwell looks like a reach at No. 6, due to his lack of top-end speed.

However, with Steve Smith coming off Achilles surgery at age 36, and with Breshad Perriman unable to play last season (knee surgery), the Ravens could go wide receiver in the second round. Those who could be available include Corey Coleman of Baylor, Josh Doctson of TCU, Will Fuller of Notre Dame, and Michael Thomas of Ohio St.

The Ravens will track all of those prospects at the combine. If the Ravens do draft a wide receiver, they won’t mind emulating the Steelers’ recent success.

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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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