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Ravens draft question No. 1: Trends to watch?


Ravens draft question No. 1: Trends to watch?

Draft day is finally here. As you watch things unfold tonight, here’s question No. 1 for the Ravens.


The Ravens have need for a wide receiver, a cornerback, a pass rusher, and a tight end. Here are five things for Ravens fans to watch.

* An early run on cornerbacks could hurt the Ravens.

I believe Washington cornerback Marcus Peters is the Ravens’ most likely choice with the 26th pick. The Ravens covet a cornerback, but so do many teams. What if Peters, Trae Waynes of Michigan St., Kevin Johnson of Wake Forest, Jalen Collins of LSU, and Byron Jones of Connecticut are all gone before the Ravens pick at No. 26? If that happens, I don’t think the Ravens will take a corner at No. 26, and they may have trouble getting a good one later.

* Does running back Melvin Gordon tumble out of the top 20?

I don’t think Gordon falls that far, but this draft gets more interesting for the Ravens if he does. Gordon is a physical runner who smells the end zone, but he can also bounce outside effectively. Justin Forsett and Gordon could be a dynamic one-two punch, but taking Gordon wouldn’t address the Ravens’ need for a corner or a wide receiver.

* Which wide receivers are still available after the 15th pick?

Amari Cooper of Alabama, Kevin White of West Virginia, and Devante Parker of Louisville should be gone before the 15th pick. But that still leaves other top wide receivers like Phillip Dorsett of Miami (Fla.), Breshad Perriman of Central Florida, Jaelen Strong of Arizona St., Devin Smith of Ohio St, and Nelson Agholor of USC?

Which ones will be left at No. 26? And which one do the Ravens view as the best fit?

* Are either Shane Ray or Randy Gregory worth the risk if available?

Both could help the Ravens, and owner Steve Bisciotti says the team needs a pass rusher. However, Ray and Gregory have both had off-the-field issues. Should the Ravens pass on both, or take a chance on either?

*  Will enough good players fall to make general manager Ozzie Newsome trade down?

It could happen. The Ravens already have 10 picks, but this is a deep and the Ravens like extra picks. If some of the top players on the Ravens’ draft board fall, Newsome may deal back.

Get ready for an interesting night.

[RELATED: Who will Ravens take in first round?]

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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.